Gardening Tips: DIY Self-Watering Planter

Whenever I go off for a holiday, I always worry about my little potted plants. The other day while browsing FB, I saw someone sharing a simple way to keep the plants hydrated while we are away. I decided to give it a try to see how reliable it is.

DIY Self watering planter

All we need is an empty water bottle.

DIY Self watering planter 1

Make a tiny hole on the cap. Just one tiny hole will do.

DIY Self watering planter 2

A hole this tiny is sufficient.

DIY Self watering planter 3

Fill the bottle with water.

DIY Self watering planter 4

Put the lid back on.

DIY Self watering planter 5

Place the bottle vertically in the pot and cover it with some soil on the sides to stabilize it.

I’ve tested this on my potted plants to discover that a small mineral bottle can keep the plants hydrated for up to 2 days. I’ll need a bigger bottle for a longer period away from home.

Watch this video to understand the DIY self-watering planter better:

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11 Comments + Add Comment

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    Saw this diy in fb too. It is useful when we go away. Like you, I also worry about my plants when travelling.

    Hmm. You have tested it out. Look effective.


    Merryn Reply:

    I just need to make using a bigger bottle this time as I’ll be away longer than 2 days.


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    Some nervous parents would be appalled that you let Ayden handle the hammer and a screw.


    Merryn Reply:

    Urm… Krik.. Krik.. Krik…


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    Do you even need this during raining season?


    Merryn Reply:

    Yes, cause it doesnt rain everyday. And also this way I don’t need to wake up early every morning to water my plants.


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    Watched this video in your IG.

    Good idea wo! Your boy is very smart too! ^^


    Merryn Reply:

    I’m so excited it actually works! :D


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    Yea..I saw this DIY too.What an intelligent idea..hehe. I don’t think it works for my place since many cats enjoy playing in front of my house. I think they will end up playing with the bottle.


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    This idea came as saver for your coming vacation!


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    Like that kah? Hmmmmm……can put in all, no need to water every day, such a chore, so boring. LOL!!!


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