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Gardening and Wick Plants

Getting Pretty with Wick Plants
Getting Pretty with Wick Plants


I had been looking for some nicer way to wick my herbs and small plants on the island counter.  Finally I found some pretty shaped glass vases at the dollar store and used sage colored paint and sponged it onto the vase.  The house paint won't stay on the glass vase if it is scrubbed or scraped, but looks like it will stick otherwise.
Comparing the wick types.
Comparing the wick types.


The new vases look a lot more appealing than the soda bottles or cat littler containers, and with almost a full coverage of paint sponged on, it should reduce the chances of algae in the water container.  However, the water level isn't as easy to see, so I may need to scrape a line of paint off one side or just have to check the water level by removing the plant dish.
Pretty Flower.
Pretty Flower.



The deco wick plants look much better on the island.
The deco wick plants look much better on the island.






I just planted some, so they will need time to grow in.
Tomato Proof
Tomato Proof


Here is proof that the thing growing best is those poisonous tomato plants.
Bannana Trees
Bannana Trees


I will need to plant them into a larger bucket sytem later, but they are doing well and getting new leaves in this container.
Above our closet.
Above our closet.


The lady who did my perm had several large plants she needed to get rid of, and so we took them and added to our plant collection.
Kitchen Plants
Kitchen Plants


Another plant went here to extend the plant trellis from the kitchen.
Gutter Grow...
Gutter Grow...


I didn't have enough filter floss to fill up the gutter enough, but though I would try out a couple sections.  This is the Watercress... it seems to like the excess water.
Gutter Grow... Lettuce
Gutter Grow... Lettuce


The lettuce grew up too tall and fell right over.  It isn't doing well.  I think it needs more support or something to grow  this way.
Oregano
Oregano


A couple of my baby oregano that I grew from seed are finally getting their second leaves... however, they look just like the baby leaves!  Are they ever going to get bigger?
Multi Herb Bucket
Multi Herb Bucket


Some of the herbs I planted in here are finally getting to look like herbs.  Growing things from tiny seeds sure is difficult.
Fig Tree
Fig Tree


The fig tree is doing well... if the cats don't chew up all the leaves.  I don't know why, but they love it.
Pretty Flowers
Pretty Flowers


This cute little flower was at walmart on clearance for 60 cents.  Poor little thing was just given up on, but is doing well and happy here now.
Tea Garden Update
Tea Garden Update


A few of the plants are doing well, and some not so well.  I just started spinach in two of the planters, and they are sprouting... so that is good.
Strange Hand Plant
Strange Hand Plant


Each leaf is kind of shaped like a hand, and every other leaf is a right hand, then left hand... VERY strange, but cool.
Hand Plant
Hand Plant


It grows on tall woody stalks, almost like a vine, but too upright to be any true vine.
Tomato for Chris
Tomato for Chris



So Shiney!
So Shiney!



Our Christmas Tree
Our Christmas Tree







Decorated for the Holidays
Decorated for the Holidays



Our Banana Trees are doing Great!
Our Banana Trees are doing Great!



Wick Plant Growing - Step by Step How To
Wick Plant Growing - Step by Step "How To"


I read on PineCam.com forums that some people use wicks to water their plants the perfect amount.  I am a natorious over / under waterer, so I though I would give it a try.  After looking up several (and quite expensive) methods online, I decided to try my own.

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not sure how well all this will work yet.  I will add comments on how things go later.

Also note: I do think that the water containers will probably need to be painted at some point or covered with foil so that light doesn't cause algae to grow in the reservoirs.

UPDATE:  Well it has been two days and I have discovered that my 'wick' rope is too efficent!  The plant soil is very damp all the way to the top.  I removed the second wick from the larger pots and pulled the wicks down so that only an inch or two is in the pots instead of going 2/3 the way up.  I belive this will help, however, I may just have to go with thinner rope to prevent too much water from going up.  The rope I have acctually is woven green around two white cords... I may try out taking out the center smaller cords and try it with them.  I am pretty excited however, as this test was really to see if the principal would work with large pots for indoor tomatoes.  It apears that I will only need one rope wick per large pot!
Materials
Materials


Large container... in this case I am using a cat litter for one and soda bottle for the other.  Both have been rinsed carefully.
Smaller pots paired with the larger containers.
Rope for wicking water from the large container to the smaller pot.  I am using bright green nylon.  Test your rope in a cup of water first to be sure the water will move up the rope.
Remove label from Soda bottle and cut off top.
Remove label from Soda bottle and cut off top.


Pots now fit into the larger water reservoir.



Cut rope for wick so that it willgo from the bottom to about 2/3 up the pot.
Cut a star shape in the bottom of the center of the pot.
Cut a star shape in the bottom of the center of the pot.


The star shape will hold the wick firmly in place after you push it in from the bottom.
Push wick into the pot from the bottom.
Push wick into the pot from the bottom.



I use a little damp paper towel to make sure dirt wont fall through into the reservoir.
I use a little damp paper towel to make sure dirt won't fall through into the reservoir.



Check the fit.
Check the fit.


Wick goes to bottom of reservoir.
Carefully fill dirt around the wick.
Carefully fill dirt around the wick.



Added some seeds.
Added some seeds.



Add water to the reservoir.
Add water to the reservoir.



Fill to a little below the pot.
Fill to a little below the pot.



I carefully added water to the seeds.
I carefully added water to the seeds.


I belive I may need to add water on the top of this one for a while until the seeds germinate and grow a little.
Finished!
Finished!



Great for pre-planted pots too!
Great for pre-planted pots too!


When using a pre-planted pot, use a marker or stick to puch a hole deep into the soil on the bottom to get the wick pushed far up into the pot.
Air hole.
Air hole.


I decided that the soda bottles may need a small air hole poked so that the water could freely move up the wick without suffering from a vacuum situation in the bottle.  Probably isn't nessesary, but did it anyway.
Cut of the handle off the cat litter container.
Cut of the handle off the cat litter container.



Trace around the pot.
Trace around the pot.



Cut out a little bigger than the trace marks.
Cut out a little bigger than the trace marks.


It may take a bit of trial and error to get it right.  Trim small to start with... remember, you can always trim away more, but can't put back any if you cut too far.
Use more wicks if you are doing a larger pot or a plant that likes more water.
Use more wicks if you are doing a larger pot or a plant that likes more water.



I used two wicks on the larger pot.
I used two wicks on the larger pot.



Damp paper towel to keep dirt from falling through.
Damp paper towel to keep dirt from falling through.



Ready to Go!
Ready to Go!



Add dirt and plant, then add water to reservoir.
Add dirt and plant, then add water to reservoir.


I like the cat litter containers since you don't have to remove the pot to add water.
Pre-Planted Phil
Pre-Planted Phil


I had to pull the pot off this well established plant to get the wicks up into the dirt, then put the pot back on carefully sliding the wicks through the bottom as I put it on.
A finnished one with square pot.
A finnished one with square pot.












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