Does anyone know how to make the PVC Watering Stakes, where you use 1 liter water bottles. I want to make my own home made water globes.
By spongebobrenee from Elmendorf, TX
I used a small soda bottle while on vacation. The bottom can be cut completely off using a scissors or you can leave about an inch as a hinge to hold the bottom on the bottle. I wanted to keep the water from evaporating so I left the 'hinge'. Everything worked fine; first time my son didn't kill my plants.
Remove the cap from the bottle, make a small hole in the plant material of your pot. Insert the bottle neck into the hole. Fill the bottle with water and gravity and absorption take care of the rest.
I imagine that someone has mentioned this before. If so, please forgive the reprint. I am trying my idea of an alternative to the Aqua Globe due to the expense. I am using plastic water bottles. Leave the top on and drill a 1/4 inch hole in it. Glue a length of poly tubing into it. Push the tubing into the soil near the roots as well as the top for support. Lightly squeeze the bottle to "prime" the device.
I just tried it today and so far, so good. Also, I would think that it will work with any plastic bottle depending on the size of the plant. Have a good today and a better day tomorrow.
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I have seen those water globes on TV for watering potted plants. Does anyone know how you could make some out of 8 oz. bottles? I would like to try and make some if anyone as any ideas on how.
Cheryl from Lawson, MO
Harbor Freight Tools (and a lot of other places) sell a package of 6 plastic spikes that you screw onto a bottle and insert in dirt to water plants. I think that they're about 9 inches long and have tiny holes in the spike to slowly release water. You can use them in pots or outside in the garden, and they screw on just about any size bottle, even those large 2-liter ones.
I don't remember how much they cost, but it's relatively cheap, like $5.00 for the package. They work best in heavy soil. If you have plants in a light soil-free planting medium, it'll have too much air in it and the water will run out of the holes, a fact I didn't know. (11/12/2008)
My husband used a beer bottle, a soda bottle would work just as well. It's been in the plant for about 3 days and the water is about 1/3 gone. (11/12/2008)
The screw onto a soda bottle "spikes" or cones with holes (however you see them advertised) are junk. I ordered them (6/$4.95 I think) one worked the first time I used them, one never would screw on right, and the remaining ones leaked around the "threads". When I refilled the one, it then leaked too, and I tried both 12 and 20 ounce soda bottles. Money in the trash can. (03/13/2009)
Have you ever seen the pots for plants that have a reserve built into the bottom, that allows you to add water when the water level becomes low? I think its the same thing. The roots are allowed to get water when they need it, but you are not over watering the plant, since the plant absorbs what it needs.
My grandmother, who had a very green thumb, had one for all of her plants. I use a similar but cheaper version that has a deeper plate underneath the plant pot, so that you can put a little water there every day and the plant just soaks up what it needs. I'm not the gardener my grandmother was, but hey, my plant is doing great, and all i do is water him every few days this way. Hope this helps! (06/25/2008)
Water-filled soda bottles put upside down near the roots of the plant. (06/27/2008)