While providing water to your indoor plants is the most important aspect of caring for them, it can be a challenging task. There are several indoor plant watering devices to make the task easier and more convenient. And for those who are away from home for any length of time, or those who struggle with knowing how much and when to hydrate their plants, there are self-watering devices that will do the work for you.
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Watering Cones and Mini-Tanks
Watering cones and mini-tanks rest on the outside of your plant's pot or container, holding a small amount of water. Both have siphoning tubes that sit in the soil and feed your plants a supply of water from the tank or cone whenever the soil becomes dry. They can supply your plants with water for about two weeks, depending on the plants requirements, although more than one can be attached to a single container, if needed.
Watering bulbs are typically handblown glass devices with a bulb at the top and a narrow, spiked bottom that you insert into the soil next to the plant. You fill it with water and when the soil is dry, air displaces the water in the bulb and water flows out of the narrow bottom into the soil.
Self-Watering Pots and Planter Boxes
Self-watering pots and planter boxes work a lot like watering cones and tanks, but most of them hold more water ... from one to eight gallons of water, depending on the size of the container. They slowly release water to your plants as needed. They can have a decorative or simple design. The fancier and bigger they are, however, the more expensive they will be, but many people find them to be a beautiful and worthwhile investment.
Indoor Watering Hose
Indoor watering hoses are lightweight hoses that quickly attach to a faucet. They are usually coiled hoses that stretch up to 6 feet. Indoor watering hoses can be adjusted to release a light mist or a fine stream. You may prefer using watering hoses over watering cans simply because it can be such a chore to lug around a watering can, especially if you have to refill it several times.
Every gardener should have a watering can, even indoor gardeners. Even though there have been many inventions that make watering your indoor plants much easier, a watering can still has its redeeming qualities. For example, you may not want to take the time to hookup a watering hose if you only have one or two plants to water. You can find watering cans in many different sizes and colours. Spouts differ as well--some provide a solid stream of water while others have many tiny holes that allow the water to flow more slowly.
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