How to Build Self Watering Planter Pots


Plants need a steady supply of water in the soil they live in to grow properly. Water moves nutrients through the soil and through the plant's system. For those gardeners who travel, watering plants becomes a difficult chore. Finding plant babysitters is not always possible. Self watering planter pots can help reduce stress. A wick system draws water up from a reservoir beneath the pot as the plant needs it. This ensures the plant is never over watered.

Step 1

Fill the five-gallon bucket with water.

Step 2

Poke a hole in the lid of the five-gallon bucket large enough for the string to fit through.

Step 3

Feed the string through the bottom of the clay pot. Make the string long enough to go to the top of the pot as well as into the five-gallon bucket.

Step 4

Fill the clay pot with soil while slowly spiraling the string through the soil in a circular motion.

Step 5

Plant your transplant into the pot at the same depth as it was planted in the tray it came in.

Step 6

Insert the string coming out of the bottom of the pot into the five-gallon bucket so that it touches the water. Inspect it in a few hours to see if it is wet. Check the soil of the pot on a daily basis to ensure it is staying moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Clay pot 5-gallon bucket with lid Water Yarn or dry string Potting soil Knife


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