How to plant in a self-watering container:
Once you’ve made your self-watering container, you need to fill it up to plant in it.
Here’s how to plant in a self-watering container:
- Fill up the wicking basket with potting soil.
- Pour water into the wicking basket. This will help the connection between the water, soil and eventually roots of the plant.
- After the wicking basket is filled and the soil is wet alternate between pouring a few inches of soil and water into the planting container. You want the soil to be moist, but not soggy.
- Continue to pour water into the soil so that it’s moist, but not soggy.
- Do this until the soil is about 2-3 inches from the top of the container.
- This is really the only time that you are going to water a self-watering container from the top. This will allow the plan to get settled and being to suck up the water from the reservoir container.
- Using your hands or a shovel dig a hole about 2-4 inches down, depending on the plant, pop your plant into the hole, cover it back up with the soil.
- Pat the soil so that it’s firm, but not too compact otherwise it will stunt the roots.