Since ancient times, with the help of plants and flowers, people have tried to decorate their homes, create coziness and inspire the interior. Watering takes a lot of time in caring for plants.
It is associated with growth, development and flowering. Currently, pots with auto watering have appeared on the market, which greatly facilitates maintenance.
- Smart flower pot with automatic watering and its design
- Features of using flower pots with a bottom irrigation system
- Where to buy auto-irrigated pots for orchids, how to use
- Several options for arranging self-irrigation systems with your own hands
- Automatic watering system from a bottle in combination with a medical dropper
Smart flower pot with automatic watering and its design
There are only 2 types of containers for automatic irrigation - a planter and a pot. They differ only in purpose.
The planter is used for decoration and basically looks like a container in which one or more flowers can be placed. It is manufactured in one piece, without holes for water drainage and does not need a pallet. In this case, it is imperative that everything is waterproof.
The material for making pots can be very diverse from metal, plastic to ceramics, wood and glass, which is one of the advantages of pots. It can be matched to any interior.
Compared to the pots, it has many decorative elements, as well as more stylish and original design.
The pots can be used both at home and in the design of interiors of large rooms (halls, theater foyers, etc.), country houses and building facades.
The pot is used for seedling flowers, their growth and watering. The pot must have holes at the bottom to ensure the outflow of excess water and, of course, a sump.
For autowatering, containers with a double bottom are used. The material of manufacture is most often ceramics or plastic. In design, such containers are much simpler than pots and are used mainly at home.
Features of using flower pots with a bottom irrigation system
One of the automatic watering options described above is pots or flowerpots that have a double bottom. Expanded clay is necessarily laid at the bottom of the container, through which the flower is fed. Water is poured into the second bottom of the flowerpot and through the holes in the pot the plant takes as much liquid as it needs.
In order to determine the water level, special indicator marks are usually put.
By design, these pots can also be divided into several types:
- The main view is a pot, which is lowered into a container of water, which has side spaces designed to replenish liquid.
- Then you can use the cone-shaped version, which is inserted into another container or pots and a tube is placed for adding liquid and adjusting it.
- There is also a collapsible device for automatic irrigation. Unlike previous versions, it consists of a container for filling with liquid and an indicator tube, but a special barrier separator for the pot has also been added.
The second option for making containers with auto-irrigation is auto-irrigation using a computer-controlled cartridge. A block is specially equipped in the pot, which controls watering in accordance with the type of flower growing in it.
Another option for a container with auto irrigation, controlled from a smartphone or tablet. Very comfortable and easy to clean. From a smartphone or tablet, you can adjust the irrigation level according to the climate, indoor humidity and plant condition.
When buying a pot with auto watering, it is not enough to buy, plant and water. We must learn how to use it correctly.
When organizing autowatering, it is very important to use drainage, which will ensure the correct volume of fluid supply and its dosage.
You also need to use the appropriate soil for each flower individually. To grow and bloom, everyone needs their own atmosphere and, accordingly, a home.
When choosing a pot, be sure to take into account the size of the planted flower and what it will become in the future.
So when planting young plants, it is advisable to use small containers. And for transplanting adults, you need to choose larger pots, but increase with each transplant within 2-4 cm in volume.
Transplant drainage should be approximately 2-3 cm for large plants. Be sure to consider what kind of root system your green pet has. If these are cacti or citrus fruits, narrow and tall pots are ideal, but for violets, geraniums are not suitable for deep, wide pots.
When choosing a pots with auto watering, you need to consider what flowers will be in it.
Since they are not planted in pots, but ready-made pots are placed, it is determined by the volume of the pots in it with the addition of 2-3 cm in width and height and, of course, compliance with the design and interior.
You will learn more about pots with automatic watering by watching the video:
It is not difficult to conclude: what is the plant, so is the flowerpot.
After the choice is made, you need to plant or transplant a flower in accordance with the instructions and its type. Next, you need to make the initial watering, in which you choose the optimal level of liquid in the pot or pots.
When the soil is saturated with enough moisture, you need to set the liquid level in the indicator.
The first 2-3 weeks, watering should be done only through the soil, and also to control the growth of the root system. It will be possible to switch to automatic watering of plants only after the roots grow to the lower edge of the soil.
Considering these points, when organizing autowatering, several tasks can be solved at once:
- moisture ingress to the roots;
- temperature regime;
- draining excess liquid after watering;
- to reduce the development of diseases associated with excess or incorrect watering;
- constant control over the level of moisture required for this particular type of plant.
Having managed to organize the correct autowatering in your home, you can safely go on vacation, on a business trip or to the country.
But smart pots with auto watering also have a number of disadvantages:
- you need to carefully choose the container depending on the type of plant;
- difficulty in initial care and transplantation;
- it is not always possible to find the optimal size;
- human intervention is still required;
- high price.
If trips on a business trip, vacation are not long, and also do not allow funds to buy expensive pots, then you can build a pot with auto watering with your own hands.
Auto irrigation pots for orchids, how to use them
One of the most important conditions for an orchid to bloom is proper watering of the plants. It is much easier to organize it by purchasing a special pot.
For example, with the LECHUZA autowatering system, you can supply your orchids with exactly the amount of liquid that the plant needs.
For clarity, let's see a video about a smart flower pot with automatic watering:
Several options for arranging self-irrigation systems with your own hands
The simplest option is with a bottle.
It is easiest to make from plastic, but you can use any other bottle. If the bottle is plastic, it is desirable to cut off the bottom in order to freely fill it with liquid in the future.
Further, closer to the lid or in the lid itself, you need to make small holes for the outflow of water and fill it a little with soil (about 3-5 cm), depending on the size of the pot. Bury this bottle in a pot about 5 cm deep and fill with water.
It is imperative that pre-watering must be done in the soil itself so that it is saturated and all the watering liquid is not consumed immediately.
Automatic watering system from a bottle in combination with a medical dropper
Insert one end of the dropper into the cork of the bottle, and the other into the soil of the pot. Next, fill the bottle with water and place it over the plants. Then it only remains, using the dropper regulator, to adjust the frequency of the drip water supply.
Another option for easy self-made autowatering is watering with a twine, rope or cord, based on capillary irrigation of plants.
To make this autowatering, you need a container for liquid and a string. If there are a lot of plants in the room, you can collect them closer to each other and make complex automatic watering.
The design principle is simple. A cord or rope, synthetic is best, since it can quickly rot from natural materials, it sinks into a container with water at one end, and is fixed in the ground with the other.
If there are a lot of plants, then, accordingly, several cords are taken, which are also lowered into a container with water and fixed in a larger number of pots. Depending on the type of flower and the need for moisture for its growth, the container with water can be placed above the level of the pots - for more intensive watering, or lower - to reduce the supply of moisture.
A huge variety of options for smart pots with auto watering today. You can choose according to the configuration, the optimal model for a given green pet and interior, as well as focusing on the duration of autowatering and cost. The choice is in any case for amateur flower growers.
The florist's comments on double-bottom flower pots, as well as a detailed description of the purchased pot and the principle of its operation, are in the video: