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8 Steps: How To Plant In Self Watering Plant Pots [Beginners Gardening]

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  • Self-Watering Pot
  • Cord
  • Clay aggregate
  • Gravels to decorate
  • Plant
  • Soil


Having plants at home is great, isn't it? But in the rush of everyday life, sometimes we end up forgetting to water our plants and they end up weakening or even dying from

lack of water. Also, when we travel, our plants generally don't get their much-needed watering. With this in mind, self-watering plant pots were invented, allowing the plants placed in them to remain with the moist soil for long periods without water. As they work by passing moisture to the substrate through the cord, which is in constant contact with water, self-watering planters are the ideal option for more delicate plants that like the soil always moist but never soaked. Besides, they are perfect for those who want to have plants in an apartment or house and still keep everything clean. They are easily found in supermarkets and today you will learn how to plant in them the right way!

15 minutesDifficultyEasy

Step 1: Placing the cord

The cord is an essential part of the functioning of the self-watering system; therefore, it must be placed correctly. It needs to come out from the sides of the pot to get in contact with the water and at the same time stay close to the bottom.

Step 2: Fitting the pot to the planter

The self-watering pot has an internal part (which is where we will plant) and an external one (which is where the water is) and you must fit the pot in it.

Step 3: Covering the bottom of the pot

Cover the bottom of the pot with clay aggregate. This step is essential so that the soil does not come into excessive contact with the soaked cord.

Step 4: Adding the soil

Put the soil about halfway up the pot.

Step 5: Planting

Loosen the roots of your plant very carefully so as not to hurt it, place it in the centre of the pot and fill with soil. Tighten slightly, just enough to make it firm.

Step 6: Decorating

Use gravels to decorate the surface.

Step 7: Watering the plant

To water the plant, pour water through the side hole until you reach the limit. How long the watering will last will depend on the pot and plant, but most of the manufacturers say that the water remains for up to 1 month. Always make sure to cover the compartment where the water is to prevent mosquito proliferation.

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