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The botanical garden where I volunteer uses buckets with a very small hole punched in the bottom for spot watering in areas where irirgation doesn't reach. We just fill the pail/bucket with water and set it as close to the plant as possible. The water slowly seeps out into the soil. It works just fine. Cost? $0!
I do just what snapple suggested. I have two 5 gallon buckets that I drilled an 1/8 inch hole near the bottom and then marked them for "tree watering only" after trying to fill them up for other uses and getting wet feet! I just move them around wherever needed and pour from another full bucket into them. Especially useful for newly planted things that need a good root soaking.
I will be going out on vacation this summer and I am very worried about my potted plants! I'll be gone for 3 weeks...do those spikes last that long?
Does anybody else have suggestions for watering pots while away? There seems to be tons of options out there but it would be nice to hear from folks who have some feedback on the quality of those things...
I have one ES in full sun and I used the drip method mentioned here to get it from wilting everyday. I would move it but I just love it where it is.
I have been using the drip method to keep it watered through the day. I have 2 gallon size iced tea containers with small holes in the bottom that I fill and hide in the back of the plant each morning then give it a couple of gallons more water when I get home from work. It still droops a little but the slow drip has really made a difference.
As of this morning it was looking very storm battered. I am hoping all my hydrangea and the sweetpeas and the delphinium etc etc...perk back up after the battering they took yesterday evening. I was shocked at the shape of everything this AM and I couldn't do a thing.
You can have all the rain you want I am getting out the giant fans to blow this weather your way