Have you ever seen those Glass Globe Plant Watering devices? They are blown glass orbs with stems that slowly water your plants. You fill them up with water, stick them into the soil of your potted plant, and leave it. As the soil loses water, the glass globe releases more into the soil to keep it saturated.
They are a pretty nifty tool for those of us with not-so-green thumbs, but they can be expensive. While looking through Pinterest, I found a couple of homemade alternatives to this “As Seen on TV” product.
Glass Bottle “Waterer” (As Seen on Pinterest)
What you need:
- Glass bottle of some sort
- Old wire clothes hanger (optional)
- Marbles (optional)
- Scrap cloth (optional)
- Cork (optional)
There are a couple of different ways to transform that ordinary glass bottle into a constant water supply for your container plants. However, before you start on this GIY craft, check the watering guidelines for the plant you would like to make this for. If it needs to be watered daily, this is a perfect way to do that!
One way to make this watering device is by filling the bottle with water and plugging it with a cork that you have poked additional holes into. Once you test that the cork has enough holes for the water to escape, place the wine bottle upside down into the soil at a slight angle. If you want to add support to the bottle once you stick it in the soil, try unwrapping a wire hanger and rewrapping it around the bottle to make a stand.
Another method to ensure that your bottle is slowly releasing its water (you don’t want to release the water too quickly and cause it to be over-watered), is to put marbles in the bottle before filling it with water. Only fill the bottle about a quarter of the way with marbles so you can test it and add more water to create your desired water flow.
In any case, a good suggestion that I found was covering the mouth of the bottle with a piece of scrap cloth. This prevented soil from clogging up the neck of the bottle while still acting as a wick to steady the release of the water.
Any method that you choose will require adjustments. Make sure you monitor your new watering device, and if it isn’t working how you would like, try a different method. Make sure you check to see that an occasional air bubble is floating to the top of the upturned bottle. This is a sign that it is working!
What other homemade solutions do you have for watering your plants?