An automatic watering system for potted plants makes indoor gardening so much easier, saves you lots of time, and is even simple to install (it really is worth every single minute!). In fact it’s so easy you’ll probably do it a few times a year, instead of once a year! For any kind of container garden, or potted plant, this technology is invaluable. It saves time and energy by instantly adjusting the amount of water sent to the plant. Plus there are no more misting cans, no more watering cans, not even misting at all.
With today’s hot summers, we can all appreciate having a container garden where we can escape the heat and enjoy a little comfort in our homes. Container gardening is all about enjoying the experience of growing your own fresh vegetables and herbs, inside or out. Easy to set up, quick to get going, and most importantly, saving you lots of precious time. It doesn’t even take too much time either, sometimes it just takes five minutes. You simply move your pots around, fill with potting soil, then water them. An automatic watering system for containers is ideal for any level of gardening, from beginners to experienced gardeners.
Indoor container gardening is great because it is easy, fun, relaxing and rewarding. As plants grow in your garden, they will take up less space, add natural organic fertilizer, improve your soil structure and help keep pests away. Your plants will also be healthier because they are getting more nutrients, water and air. Best of all, by using an automatic watering system for potted plants you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of your container garden year round.
Plants respond very well to the best watering methods available. There are two basic watering systems on the market today, mechanical and electronic. With a mechanical sprinkler system, you would connect a hose to a sprinkler head and set it up so the sprinkler could water your plants automatically. Electronic systems are more convenient because you can position them almost anywhere. Just make sure that the sprinkler head is placed on a part of the garden that gets at least six hours of sunlight each day.
If your plants are in pots, one convenient solution is to use a bottle sprinkler. Simply water your plants from the bottle, set the timer for a few minutes, then turn off the water. After your plants have been watered, simply empty the bottle and replace the watering head. Most wine bottles can hold up to six gallons of water, so a typical one-gallon bottle should keep your plants well watered for up to three weeks. These are a great option for container gardens, like container vegetable and salad plants in pots, which often do not get the attention they need due to the lack of an actual hose to bring the soil to the top of the pot.
Another convenient option is using container emitters. A gas-powered, remote-controlled emitter will dispense small amounts of water from its nozzle, which is directed toward the container. Because these emitters don’t involve an electrical outlet, no cords are required, and they can be moved virtually anywhere. They are less expensive than mechanical models, but some emitters don’t come with an adjustable spray head, which means that you must manually adjust the amount of water dispensed by turning the knob or adjusting the spray nozzles. Some emitters will even require an additional small pump to fill a container.
If your plants are in pots, you might also consider using an electric pump to water them. Pumping water from a container garden directly into a container (a reservoir) is much easier than lugging a hose across the yard and connecting it to a house drain. With the right type of pump, a gallon of water can be dispensed every thirty minutes, or you can vary the time between each delivery to accommodate growing season. And since it doesn’t involve any moving, it’s much easier to maintain and operate than an irrigation system.
If you’re simply trying to keep a few plants in pots, on the other hand, you might consider a system of indirect watering. Indirect watering, as it’s called, involves putting a little water directly into the containers themselves. This process isn’t very efficient, however, as the water has to travel through a larger path before reaching the plants. Therefore, indirect watering is more suited to larger containers and hanging baskets. And since most hoses and tanks are long enough to go around many pots, this method is less wasteful. It also offers greater control over how much water is dispensed from each hose.