How to Water Plants Using a Wicking System


Being a indoor gardener means watering plants regularly. Sometimes, vacation time comes along and there is little option but to leave your plants alone. The wicking method of watering a plant uses a string curled up into the soil of your plant and dipped into a container of water, to provide sustenance to your plant without the need to pour water over it. The wicking method provides water to the plant as the roots call for it, which prevents overwatering.

Step 1

Poke a hole into the bottom of your pot, and feed the acrylic string through the bottom.

Step 2

Pour soil slowly into the pot winding the acrylic string through it in a circular motion.

Step 3

Poke a hole into the lid of your food container, and feed the string through it. Fill the bottom of the container with water.

Step 4

Place the lid onto the container with the pot attached, ensuring the string touches the water in the container.

Step 5

Place your plant into the pot. Check the water every week to ensure there is enough and that the wick is moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Food container with lid
  • Acrylic string
  • Potting soil
  • Scissors


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