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New Watering Device

This by chance, is the first place I have decided to talk about my idea for a new way to water some indoor plants . All you need to make this device is a microwave plate cover like the one shown which can be found here in Canada at Dollarama for about $1.50 . Then you need to drill some small holes all around the middle of it,as well as a bigger hole in the center for the stem of the plant. To get the stem at the center of the device you will need to cut a slit at one side, or else cut the device in half then put it back together around the plant. Of course you will be turning it upside down, and then just fill with water or nutrient mixture. Obviously you will only be able to use this in a pot that is large enough ,and with a plant where the plants branches arent coming down low near the soil surface .  As you can imagine the water will drain through the holes at an equal rate, so this is definitely the best way to make sure you are watering your soil evenly all around the pot. No more holding a water can,or pitcher,moving it all about, just hoping you are getting all the dry spots ,and not overwatering other areas ! The more plants you have the more time and energy you will save. Hope everyone will give it a try ,and will let me know how it works for you !
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,629
    A "solution" to a non - existent "problem"??
    Devon.
  • A "solution" to a non - existent "problem"??

    If there were no problems with watering plants then why was the watering can ever invented?  As I say this is much easier than using a watering can, since you dont have to hold the can for several minutes in the air moving it around the plants. Also you probably have no idea how uneven you may be watering your soil until you have a very large pot ,give it a good watering with your watering can or pitcher, and then go deep into the soil and see what you find. After doing this a few times, I found several large dry spots in the soil since the water naturally wants to find the quickest way to the bottom , so it will find the easist path and once it does, all the water will take that path, and only some parts of the soil will get wet. If you are talking about watering small pots then maybe it doesnt matter much, but if you are using 5 gallon pots and bigger than I assuer you that you want to make sure you are watering the surface of the soil as evenly as possible. This is also easy as can be so saying it isnt worth the trouble doesnt make sense !
  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen SpainPosts: 4,057
    It does seem an overly complex way to water a plant. Even of you direct your hose/watering can at the same spot every time, the water will naturally permeate around the pot and all the roots will benefit. If you are thinking to develop and patent a similar commercial product (not that we are cynical or anything, but we are waiting for the ad!) don’t expect it to make your fortune  ;)
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,629
    A "solution" to a non - existent "problem"??

    If there were no problems with watering plants then why was the watering can ever invented?  As I say this is much easier than using a watering can, since you dont have to hold the can for several minutes in the air moving it around the plants. Also you probably have no idea how uneven you may be watering your soil until you have a very large pot ,give it a good watering with your watering can or pitcher, and then go deep into the soil and see what you find. After doing this a few times, I found several large dry spots in the soil since the water naturally wants to find the quickest way to the bottom , so it will find the easist path and once it does, all the water will take that path, and only some parts of the soil will get wet. If you are talking about watering small pots then maybe it doesnt matter much, but if you are using 5 gallon pots and bigger than I assuer you that you want to make sure you are watering the surface of the soil as evenly as possible. This is also easy as can be so saying it isnt worth the trouble doesnt make sense !
    When did I say " it isn't worth the trouble and it doesn't make sense"?
    I enjoy watering plants and have been doing so for decades. 
    If you think this device improves things, well carry on and I wish you all the best .
    Devon.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 66,312
    That's really going to add to the attractiveness of the houseplant isn't it?  :astonished:


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  • Yoiu can make one in about 5 minutes, using it means simply putting it on top of the soil, and then taking it off when the water has drained. it was about 30 grams ! More trouble than its worth, lol, I should have known to expect the first comment to be so ridicuilous, just because \I am new to this site, and some people here have thousands of post. Just because I only have one topic posted here doesnt mean I am some little kid, and you are some super geinius in compariosn just because you have tens f thousands of posts here  ! 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,629
    you're repeating the same  false accusation that I've suggested it's " more trouble than it's worth" 
    Trying, repeatedly, to put words into the mouths of people adds nothing to your reasoning.

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,629
     "geinius in compariosn"  
    Devon.
  • "Trying, repeatedly, to put words into the mouths of people adds nothing to your reasoning."

    Im not putting words in your mouth, Did you not ever consider that maybe I was responding to someone else with that comment. Go back a bit and have a look !
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 26,629
    I SHALL repeat myself and say "I wish you all the best ."
    Devon.
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