How to Make a Self Watering Hanging Basket

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How to Make a Self Watering Hanging Basket
Never forget to water plants again. (watering plants image by david hughes from

Plants add to the aesthetic appeal of any home but indoor plants require special watering. Setting up an extremely simple self-watering system guarantees your plants will never go thirsty.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Hanging planter
  • Empty wine or soda bottle
  • Plant nanny stakes

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  1. 1

    Purchase plant nanny stakes for each hanging basket you'd like to set up for self-watering. These can be purchased online or at your home and garden shop

  2. 2

    Fill an empty bottle with water. You can use a wine bottle or a plastic bottle. Depending on the size and strength of the hanging planter, you might want to stick with a smaller plastic bottle.

  3. 3

    Secure the plant nanny stake to the top of the bottle.

  4. 4

    Flip the bottle and plant nanny and drive the stake at least 3 inches into the soil of the hanging planter. The stake should be in far enough that the bottle can stand on its own. The water will slowly seep out into the soil within the basket as the plant releases oxygen. This slow delivery makes sure the soil does not become too saturated while maintaining a constant supply of water.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember to check the water levels of the bottles and refill as needed.

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