Watering indoor plants can be a rather tedious job especially if you do not have a lot of time to spare. However, indoor plants can make a home much more vivid than artificial ones and there are some things that you can use to water indoor plants remotely. Here are some ideas and gadgets that you can make use of to carry out the job.
A suitable and cheap method to remotely water your plants is by using a cloth. Lay a cloth on a tray and pour clean water on it until it is completely wet. Then place your plants on the tray and they will absorb the water from the wet cloth. These watering mats can be bought from any garden shop and make sure that the pots have holes at the bottom. Some of the cloths can also absorb up to four liters of water, which is more than enough for a small plant to cope for three weeks.
Although still a bit expensive, these pots are becoming more common in our homes. Self-watering pots consist of a small reservoir of water underneath the plant from which it can absorb the water whenever it’s dry. At the top, there is a small indicator which shows when the reservoir needs to be refilled. This way, the plant can absorb water as needed and there is no need to water it. However, if these pots are too expensive, you can even make them yourself with some creativity of your own.
A string dripper is the cheapest way to water your plants remotely. Fill a bowl or a bucket with water and place it on something steady such as a stool or a table. Then extend some strings from the bucket to the plants and water will slowly travel through the strings into the pots due to an action known as the capillary action.
Self-watering Plastic Bottles
An ingenious way to keep your plants watered is by using water-filled plastic bottles placed up-side-down in the plant's soil. If the plants you wish to keep watered are planted in the ground or in large containers, then several 2-liter bottles can be used and inserted into the soil. Remove the bottom part of the bottle as well as piercing a few holes in its cap. Bury the bottle deep enough to have its open bottom level with the top soil. The water in the bottle is gradually drained into the soil and absorbed by your plant. All you have to do is to topup with more water when the bottle is near empty.
This method can be used also for smaller plants with the only exception that you use smaller bottles and these are kept outside, just on top of the soil. Make sure that they are securely fixed, maybe even having their necks buried in the top soil, so that there is no risk of toppling over and depriving the plant of the necessary water to survive.