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Watering whilst on holiday

Can anyone send me a good link for watering capilary systems please? I am looking for something simple (even home made suggestions) and or a cheap setup that I can stick into 4 wooden planters? I cannot attach them to my timer watering system as they are housing wall climbers and cannot be moved. They will need to be watered over 10 days, however when I am at home I only tend to water them every 3 days or so.


  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Get an old towel, cut it into long strips. Push one end into the soil and dangle the other end into a bucket filled with water. Test it works before you go on holiday for a week if possible. The water should be sucked up by capillary action

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    I've used Fleurisa's method for house plants by putting the plants in the bath and filling a bucket with water and trailing old cut up tea towels to the pots.  It should work outside too.

  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 3,117



     How about using small water bottles like this, I get mine from tesco, six for a pound, they will slowly drip into you planter, hope this helps

  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 1,449

    Went I went on holiday for two weeks last year I bought a Gardena garden tap timer and some lengths of Hozelock soaker hoses. I laid out my hosepipe to where the plants were that needed watering and then connected the soaker hose to it. I then kept attaching normal hosepipe to reach to the next set of plants and then added some more soaker hose, and so on...all the way into my greenhouse at the bottom of my garden.

  • emma louemma lou Posts: 170

    Many thanks for your ideas. The first one I have done was the water bottle one, as this seems the most popular on the internet. However even with the tiniest of hole it leaks a steady stream of water from the lid, and that was using a tiny tiny needle into the cap. Am I doing something wrong?

  • flumpy1flumpy1 Posts: 3,117




     I meant this type of bottle, as it just drips rather than a stream of water image

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