So you are about to lớn go on holiday and you want to lớn know the best watering solution for your indoor plants, then look no further than vãn my top products for keeping your plants alive automatically. All these products are portable and don’t require a mains water tap connection. Depending on how long you are going on holiday it’s up to lớn you to lớn select the best watering method. Some watering systems will last more than vãn a month, others will last only a week.
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I’ve split this article into long term watering solutions and short term watering solutions.
1. Big green automatic watering system
There are a few rebranded versions of this device online. This basic watering device has a pump and 10 connectors, you can mix the timer to lớn automatically water every few days for a mix amount of time (ie 30 seconds). The device needs to lớn be suspended above a water source as it has a pump that hangs down and needs to lớn be submerged in the reservoir. The easiest setup is to lớn clamp it onto the edge of a bucket.
Even though it has 10 pipes, each pipe is fed from the same pump sánh that all your plants get the same amount of water, it’s not possible to lớn water different plants with different amounts of water.
It’s cheap and simple which makes it reliable for what it does. It works for a large number of plants.
You need to lớn cut and mix up the pipes yourself and pin each pipe into the soil with the wire pins (it starts to lớn look a bit unsightly). The water pump needs to lớn hốc roughly 40cm below the unit sánh needs to lớn be close to lớn the water reservoir. Each plant will get the same amount of water each day.
2. Oasis watering system
This is a self-contained water reservoir with a lid, it runs off batteries and the electronic valve will allow water to lớn drip every few days. It works on gravity sánh you need to lớn place this box above your plants. The nice thing is the water is in a sealed container sánh bugs are kept out. The system drips water daily and the only thing that can be adjusted is the amount of water. At the maximum drip rate it lasts 10 days at the slowest drip rate it lasts 40 days. It requires a bit of setup by cutting pipes and attaching drippers for each plant.
The water reservoir is in a covered container which means dirt and bugs don’t get in. It runs off a 9V battery which means it’s portable. It can water up to lớn đôi mươi plants by joining the dripper pipe in series between the plants, but be prepared for a lot of mix up (including venting air from the pipes)
This is a gravity-based system, it needs to lớn sit above the plants which means it’s difficult to lớn hide and a bit unsightly for a permanent setup (ok for a holiday vacation setup). It has 4 possible watering drip amounts and will continue to lớn water until the reservoir is empty, each plant received the same amount of water sánh you could potentially overwater some plants. It only works indoors and can’t be exposed to lớn the weather. It’s fairly expensive at $179USD
3. DIY Drip irrigation pump
The DIY irrigation is a pump with a timer attached (There are a few similar copies of this product on the web), it’s easy to lớn mix up and use. The programming options are simple, mix how often you want to lớn water and for how long. You will need to lớn test by trial and error how much watering is going to lớn be dispensed(it dispenses 1 ounce every 4 seconds). You can chain multiple pipes together to lớn water more than vãn one plant but each plant will get the same amount of water.
Simple to lớn mix up and use. It also has a water-out alert.
If you mix it up to lớn water more than vãn one plant they will each get the same amount of water (which is usually not ideal). As with most of the other electronic watering devices, this device is not weatherproof sánh for indoor use only.
4. Ceramic Spikes
There are a few makes of these spikes, I have tried HydroSpike but they are also made by Blumat. and some generic companies on Amazon.com. These spikes work similar to lớn a wick but draw water up through a hollow tube from a reservoir of water. For them to lớn work correctly the water reservoir must be placed at a lower level than vãn the ceramic spike to lớn allow the capillary action to lớn work.
Cheap and reliable and discrete once mix up.
You can’t regulate how much water the plant needs, you may need to lớn mix up multiple spikes in a single pot for all-round watering. There is no warning when it runs out of water, you need to lớn kiểm tra the reservoir every few days.
Short term watering solutions
1. String in a pot
This method is one of the most obvious methods toted on the mạng internet, but it’s flaky at best. The first thing to lớn know is that you need a proper wicking cord, not just any old string. Pure cốt tông string will rot quickly and not transfer water correctly, which is why you should use a nylon composite fiber. Also, the thickness of the string will determine how much water is transferred, its guesswork on how thick you need your string to lớn be. Ideally use a synthetic fiber such as nylon Venetian blind cord, acrylic yarn, strips of nylon stocking or any other non-rotting fiber. Nylon shoestrings can work well. If you google wicking string on Amazon you can buy a proper wicking cord.
The system works by having the water source above the plants, the wick will draw water into the plants. A large pot should be enough to lớn keep your plants alive for about 3-7 days.
2. Idres drip system
This is a tripod drip system for a water bottle, adjustable valves allow it to lớn drop slowly into your plants. By selecting one of the 4 drip nozzles you can make the drip system last about 2 weeks. Make sure you make an air hole at the top of your water bottle.
Very simple system, you can visibly see the amount of water left. Can work outside in rainy weather.
You will need to lớn balance an unsightly bottle on top of your plants, will only work for very large plants that are in a stable pot as the tripod is quite big. Doesn’t tài khoản for hot or cold weather fluctuations, sánh you may over or under water. Idress has come up with a simpler solution, look further down under ‘watering spikes’.
The MoistureMatric is a clip-on reservoir with a wick, as the soil gets dry the water is drawn up from the reservoir by capillary action. The reservoir lasts about 7 days. They are easy to lớn install and use. Simply fill with water and insert the probe into the water.
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The water reservoir is part of the device. It’s discrete and sits on the side of the pot, easily hidden behind the pot. Its weatherproof.
May not work on all pots if the lip of the pot is too far away and the probe can’t reach the soil.
4. Terracotta water spikes
These ceramic spikes work by inverting a bottle of water into a ceramic spike which is then inserted into the soil. The terracotta is porous and slowly leaks water into the soil. These are very easy to lớn mix up but you can’t control the amount of water released, some people say their 1-liter bottle lasted only 1 day.
They are cheap. Very easy to lớn mix up.
It takes a bit of experimentation before they become reliable, you need to lớn ensure your pot is watered before you add the spike. The terracotta can be very thin and break easily when you insert it into the soil. There is no way to lớn control the amount of water dispensed and they often drain out within a day.
5. Plastic water spikes with control valve
These are a bit more robust than vãn the terracotta ones and have an adjustable water release valve. You can use a 1-liter soda bottle as the reservoir, just make sure you drill an air release hole at the top. You can use a bigger bottle (2L) but it becomes unstable to lớn balance on such a thin spike unless you tư vấn it.
Cheap. Easy to lớn mix up. The plastic is more robust than vãn terracotta equivalents.
Common complaints are that the water is released too quickly and the valve is not accurate. It’s basically trial and error to lớn get the right amount of dripping setup. They also tend to lớn topple over due to lớn balance, some of the newer versions come with a side brace for tư vấn.
6. Idress spike
Idress makes the same equivalent as the spikes but is likely to lớn be of better quality given their history of plant watering products. They are also fairly cheap.
7. Water from a stone
Similar to lớn the water globe except that it looks lượt thích a stone. Watering lasts for up to lớn 3-4 days. The bottom of the stone has a cork plug which acts as a drip dispenser. All the stones are hand-blown glass. It certainly looks unique! With only 4 days of watering, these aren’t likely to lớn help water when you go on holiday, they are more of a short-term water release system.
8. Watering globes
Watering globes are basically a glass reservoir that slowly dispenses water into the plant. Refill them every 1-2 weeks. They work by inserting the glass probe into the soil and it will dispense a constant amount of water. They work well for plants that need constant water, but if you are refilling the reservoir every week you might as well water by hand.
You can get some elegant shapes that can look quite unique sitting in your plants, such as birds or mushrooms.
Cleaning the globes requires a thin pipe cleaner and dirt can often clog the glass tip. Care must be taken when inserting the glass probe as its prone to lớn breaking. Some people say the water only lasted 2 days, make sure you water your plant before using an aqua globe.
9. Bird shaped plant watering
Similar to lớn a watering globe except that it is plastic and looks lượt thích a xinh đẹp bird or frog, it has a ceramic spike that is inserted into the soil. There are a few different semi-transparent colors. Watering lasts for up to lớn 4 days.
Summary of results
Best for watering multiple plants
Big green watering system
Best long-term solution
Big green watering system
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