These Glass Bottle Watering Spikes for Plants Gardening Project is super simple, made from recycled materials and widely accessible. You save money, time and your houseplants get a healthy drink of water while you are away from home.
A water spike is a lot like a drip irrigation system. Evaporation is minimal and it won’t spray too much. It keeps the soil moist, a necessity during the hot summer for such plants. For any gardener, water spikes prevent the plants from drying and dying from negligence.A water spike can also prevent roots from growing because they can be placed on one side of the plant, preventing the other side of root growth. The spike’s hole can become clogged, stopping the flow of water, which people won’t notice. Here’s a plant spike that avoids blockage of roots and avoids clogging.
Use a mix water and bleach to clean a small 20-oz glass soda bottle with a tapered neck and cap and rinse thoroughly. You can also use a large bottle if you need it for bigger plants. Drill a small hole about 1/4-3/8 inch in diameter in the center of the cap and fill the bottle with water. Screw on the cap and cover the hole with your finger while turning the bottle upside down. Stick the bottle about 1 or 2 inches into the soil next to the plant, about halfway between the drip line and stem. For potted plants, stick the neck about 1 or 2 inches from the rim; for large outdoor plants, use two bottles and put them on each side.
Make sure that you refill the bottles to keep the water flowing and moisten the soil before putting the spike so the water doesn’t drain too quickly. To prevent clogging, cut a piece of screen-like material and cover the neck of the bottle before sticking the lid on.
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