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What you need:
  • 2 ceramic pots
  • 12" length of 1/4" nylon rope
  • 1-2" piece of wood dowel
  • Plastic tray
Wick watering is ideal for plants like African violets that enjoy evenly moist soil. It also works perfectly as an automatic watering system if you plan on traveling and don't have anyone to look after your plants.
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First, tie a length of 1/4" nylon rope to a 1-2" piece of wood dowel.
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You will need two pots with holes large enough to accommodate the rope. Feed the rope through the hole in the bottom of one of the pots.
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In order for the capillary action of the wick to work, the rope must be positioned in the middle of the soil mass. Suspend the dowel in the center of the pot. Add 1-2" of soil to the pot and firm it in. Pull the rope through so that the dowel rests on top of the soil.
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Remove the plant from its original pot and place it into the pot prepared with the wick. Add more soil as necessary and firm it in
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Place the second pot upside down in a tray of water.
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Place the planted pot on top of the inverted pot so that the wick runs through the hole and rests in the water. Drench the soil in the planted pot with water to prime the wick. Periodically add more water to the tray. If the tray dries out, it may be necessary to prime the wick again by top watering the plant.