Never Forget to Water Your Plants Again: DIY Self-Watering Plant Bulbs

Are you guilty of forgetful plant watering? Don’t worry; you’re not alone! I, too, have struggled with keeping my houseplants hydrated, especially those that are out of sight, out of mind. But fear not! I’ve discovered a game-changing solution – self-watering plant bulbs. These little miracles, also known as “plant nannies” or “watering globes,” are a lifesaver for absent-minded plant enthusiasts like us. And guess what? They’re not just perfect for forgetful folks like you and me; they are also ideal for keeping your plants hydrated while you’re away on vacation.

Before we delve into the wonderful world of self-watering plant bulbs, let’s discuss some important considerations. While these bulbs are fantastic for most plants, it’s crucial to choose the right ones for pairing. Succulents and cacti, for instance, don’t appreciate excessive moisture and may start to rot if overwatered. So, make sure to use self-watering bulbs with plants that require regular hydration.

Now, let’s explore some DIY alternatives to buying self-watering plant bulbs. I’m a huge fan of using recycled materials in my indoor and outdoor gardens, so why not put those empty bottles to good use? With a few simple household items, you can create your own self-watering plant bulbs for free. Let’s dive in!

Recycled Plastic water bottle

Plastic Bottle Method

Gather 16-20oz plastic bottles or one-liter plastic bottles (although I don’t recommend two-liter bottles for houseplants). Now, grab a candle and a nail. Heat the nail in the flame, taking precautions as it can get hot. Once the nail is heated, carefully poke a hole in the center of the plastic bottle cap. If you’d like faster water drainage, you can also poke a hole or two in the bottle’s neck. Fill the bottle with water, and you can even add some fertilizer or nutrients if you wish. Screw the cap back on and place the bottle, cap-first, into the soil of your houseplant.

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Glass Bottle – No Cap

If you have a glass bottle, such as a small soda bottle or even a wine bottle, you’re in luck! Simply fill it with water and bury the bottle’s neck near the roots of your houseplant. In this case, you don’t need to worry about using a cap or cork, especially if you’ve already watered the plant thoroughly.

Glass Bottle – Cap or Cork

If you find that your water is draining too quickly, adding a cap or cork can help regulate the flow. To create a hole in a screw-on metal cap, grab a hammer and nail, and punch a hole through the center. For a cork, use a similar method, but consider using a foam or plastic cork instead of a traditional one.

Bonus: Half DIY / Half Buy

If you love the idea of DIY but crave a little more structure, there’s an option for you too. Invest in terracotta spikes designed specifically for self-watering. Soak the spikes in water, push them into your plant until the soil is almost flush with the spike opening, and then insert your glass or plastic bottle. To water your plant, fill the bottle and tip it into the spike.

Whether you choose the plastic bottle, glass bottle, or even the half DIY/half buy method, these self-watering plant bulbs will transform your plant care routine. Say goodbye to forgotten watering sessions and hello to healthy, thriving plants.

Now it’s your turn to share! Have you tried making your own self-watering plant bulbs using recycled materials? I’d love to hear about your experiences and any other creative tips you have for plant care. Let’s chat in the comments below!

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