Watering your houseplants can take time to learn, as some houseplants require more water than others. Perhaps you are going on vacation and do not know how to keep your plants healthy while you are away. Gardeners and people who have houseplants often learn tricks to keep their plants healthy when they cannot care for them every day. Watering with a wick is one such trick. You can use a wick or a shoe string to keep the plants hydrated if you need to be away for several weeks. Read on to find out how to use a wick to water your plants.
Step 1. Make sure your plant grows in a pot with drainage holes
If this is not the case, use the possibility of creating a watering system with a wick to transplant the plant into a self-draining pot.
Step 2. Take the plant to your outdoor workplace or garden shed
In the process of installing the wick, you will create a little mess. If there is no way to do it on the street, just put newspapers.
Step 3. Take an extra amount of earth, another pot, water and a wick
If you don't have a candle wick, you can use an old shoe lace. The wick can be replaced with any narrow, long piece of cloth that will absorb water.
Long candle wicks are available at craft stores
Step 4. Soak your wick or string and water your houseplant
Make a knot at the end of the wick or string.
Step 5. Pierce the end of the string or wick with the sharp end of a pencil
You can also wrap the wick around the pencil. Set aside for later use.
Step 6. Remove the plant from the pot
If it is a large plant, ask a friend to help you to avoid damaging the roots.
Step 7. With the upper end, stick a pencil with a wick into the root ball of the plant
Pull the bottom end of the string or wick through the drain hole in the pot.
Take this opportunity to transplant the plant you removed from the pot into a self-draining pot. Place some soil on the bottom to compensate for the loss of soil when replanting
Step 8. Place the plant back in the pot with the wick fixed there
From now on, move the plant carefully so as not to pull out the wick if you move it carelessly.
Step 9. Place the plant over a container of water
For example, place it on a lattice board over a jug of water and dip the wick into the water. The water will rise up the wick and give the plant moisture.
This step will be slightly different for everyone, depending on where you plan to place the plant during your absence. You can use a drainage basket or shelf where the wick can fall freely into a container of water
Step 10. Before leaving, fill the container with 16 to 32 ounces (0.47 to 0.9 L) of water
During your absence, water should penetrate the roots of the plant. Since each plant requires a different amount of water, the root ball will absorb the amount of water it needs.