How to Make a Self-Watering Planter

by Jacqui Zuzgo 11/07/2021

If you’ve ever gone on vacation and worried about your houseplants not getting watered, a self-watering planter is a smart option. Unfortunately, many of these planters available to buy are expensive and hard to find. Luckily there are ways to make your own while recycling old items at the same time. Here are some tips for making your own self-watering planters out of empty beverage bottles.

Materials

Bottle of your choice
A rubber stopper
A small piece of window screen or fine mesh
String or twine to use as a wick
Potting mix
Herbs or plants

What Kind of Bottle Is Best?

You have options for which bottles to use for your planters. The fundamental things to consider are size and material. Your planter will be the same size in diameter as whatever bottle you use, so the wider the bottle, the bigger your planter will be. That said, you can use wine, beer, soda, water or juice bottles—either plastic or glass will work. Glass is more durable than plastic, but requires special tools to cut.

Step-by-Step

  1. The first thing to do is cut the bottle in half roughly about the center. If you have a glass bottle, you’ll need a glass cutter, glass drill or a specialized bottle cutting tool.

  2. Add the rubber stopper around the edge of the bottom of the bottle to help keep the glass from sliding.

  3. Cut a small hole in the center of the mesh large enough for the string to pass through.

  4. Stick the string through the hole and tie a large knot at one end to keep it in place.

  5. Take the top of the bottle and position it upside down so that it rests inside the bottom part. Place the mesh and the string so that the string can pass down through the neck of the bottle.

  6. Add potting mix on top of the mesh and add your plant of choice.

  7. Fill the bottom of the bottle with enough water that the string hangs down into it.

  8. Now you’re finished! Place your new planter in a windowsill or somewhere else with enough light for the plants to thrive.

How Does It Work?

With the string hanging down into the water it acts as a wick to bring moisture all the way up into the planter part of the bottle where the knot is. This gradually waters the plant from below until the water in the bottom vessel is completely gone or low enough that the string can’t touch it. Now you have a great way to keep your moisture-loving herbs and plants happy without daily watering.

About the Author
Author

Jacqui Zuzgo

I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.

Education:

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
  • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
  • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
  • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
  • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
  • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
  • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
  • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
  • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

Biographical Highlights:

Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

Current Committee Involvement:

Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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