self watering plants

i was passed an idea on how to make self watering devices for larger
we all have seen self watering devices, little figures made in bisque,
stabbed into a potted plant. hold maybe 2 ounces of water...
this idea is to make a LARGER bisque bottle, and burry the bottle in
the LARGE pot. figure a 1 quart bottle burried in a 5 gallon pot.
obviously the 1 quart bisque bottle would leach the water into the
plant. and with thought on the plants used, this could be a great way
to truly provide long water available to plants in hot dry climates.
with typical potter ideas, we could change the bottle into something
completely different, the basic idea being a bisqueware vessel
submerged in dirt in a larger planter.
underground cities full of water to feed the roots!
~ make them look classy as is, let people bury them or not. their
i'm reminded of an old salesman's claim: "a fishing lure only has to
catch a fisherman to work for me".
see ya
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Sounds like a great idea, Steve!
I am wondering, if maybe a "slab" that fits in the bottom of the pot (with a filling tube sticking slightly up from the earth) might be even better, as the leached water then will encourage the roots to grow deeper in the pot (where the the moisture is usually better when/if the leaching-pot is empty) ?
One trouble for me would be that bisque would freeze to bits in my climate, even if empty :-(
Could try it out for some of my larger inndoor plants, though!
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i suppose a slab & filling tube would work, but to attach the tube to the slab would be a trick. what about a long bisque fill tube?
in cold climates i know they used to put inner tubes in above ground swim pools to colapse when ice freezes & thaws. maybe a rubber tube in the main bisque bottle to do the same trick?
see ya
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When I was making garden ware, I used to make U shaped pieces to fit down the inside wall of a pot (not fixed to the pot), enabling the root to be watered first. This was quite easy; I just threw a long thinner cylinder and cut it in half vertically.
Steve Bath UK
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