Self-Watering pots

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  1. KK Ng

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    While surfing the internet looking for something else I accidentally saw this thing called - Self Watering Pot - so I'm wandering if anyone here used it now or before and is it a good effective way of planting. :)
     
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    I read the article and I have come across wicking beds before and I think that it is a good idea although I have not used one yet.
     
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    Yes I agree with you Odif but I have my reservation how well can it do its job so I need to know if anyone had used it before and what is the result. :)
    I guess no one here had tried it before.
     
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    I have not used any of them. mostly because these containers are truly undersized for hosting a plant that bears fruit... in my opinion. for a houseplant I think they would be fine... I am skeptical for most of them except the bucker system and that one that they have pictures is nasty looking. there is one you might want to look into if you are interested in a bucket system though...these are the guys to listen to.


     
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    Thanks for the videos, they are interesting. For the first one there might be some problems with bugs because it is in the open but the watering problem is solved. He insisted on using only potting soil because just plain old dirt might not work ... maybe ... or is it for the nutrient?

    The second one is done in a green house and it is hydroponics which can be easily converted to aquaponics ... I like it :)
     
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    potting mix doesn't compact like soil does. it is also sterile, which soil/dirt isn't.
     
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    I have never used the type of system used in the video,..however for the past few years i have used large pots described as 'self watering pots',..this has a tray inside,..raised approx two fingers high from the bottom,..there is a hole in the side of the pot situated just below the inside tray so that water can only remain below the tray therefore not have the plant roots sitting in water,..this system works very well for me where 'Hosta Plants' are concerned or 'Hydrangea Plants'.

    Basically the idea here is to have water stored from the rainfall for the plants roots to use until the next rainfall and so not have a drought situation.
     

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