Outdoor Hanging Basket Watering System

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Old 08-16-19, 08:07 AM
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Outdoor Hanging Basket Watering System

I need to build a water system so my wife does not have to lift a watering can or bucket mixed with water and liquid fertilizer up above her head to water two hanging flower baskets on our front porch. If a complete kit is not available, I need a small
AC submersible pump that I can set in a 5 gallon bucket.
flip a switch and pump approximately one gallon of mix up from the bucket to the plants and be done each night. I need a lead for a low pressure, low gallonage pump that will do this. and possibly even some ready made plans to make one if they are out there. Any clues will be appreciated!
 
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Old 08-16-19, 11:41 AM
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Here is a small submersible pump that you could just drop in a 5 gallon pail of water that would then feed through a 1/2 PVC tube maybe attached to a piece of PVC pipe.

https://www.mcmaster.com/4182k22
 
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Specifications on this pump say that it is for use in fresh water. I need to pump some water AND fertilizer in a mix to the hanging basket. How long before this pump gets destroyed by the fertilizer?
 
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I have a neighbor who brought over a "transfer pump" for me to try. It worked perfectly and does not require being submersible and has a filter on the intake for any fertilizer that shouldnt be inside the pump in solid form. However the plastic tubing I bought from Lowes has some kinks in it from the package it was in. I found out that one or two of these kinks severly limits the water flow to the plant close to it. I am thinking that a heat gun applied to the tubing while applying a small clamp to the area where it is kinked might do the trick of getting the kink out and having the tubing round again there instead of a smashed oval, but thought you guys may have a better idea? Tubing is clear poly 1/2" ID 5/8" OD
 
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Preferring to keep things simple, I probably would have hung the baskets on ropes and pulleys so that they could be lowered as needed and not have a pump to maintain.
 
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Look at hydroponic systems. There are already components to do what you want. Many are automated so you don't even have to flip the switch.
 
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