Growing fruits and vegetables inside requires daily watering due to the dry air. But oftentimes, once per day simply doesn’t cut it in keeping your plants well hydrated and thriving. And under-watered plants can lead to problems like leaves dropping, underdeveloped produce, or sadly, even a dead plant.
I was recently introduced to a product called the Plant Nanny that regulates watering so you don’t have to. Whether you over-water, under-water, or forget to water entirely, these terracotta watering stakes take care of it for you by releasing water into the soil as it dries.
Simply clean and fill a used wine bottle with water, place the watering stake over the bottle opening, and insert it into the soil. Through gravity and diffusion, water will gradually soak through the terracotta as it’s needed.
There are many benefits to this method of watering your indoor fruit and vegetable plants:
- Wine bottles hold more liquid than water globes, which means less refilling for you.
- Wine bottles are transparent, making it easy to check water levels.
- Wine bottles tend to be made of thicker glass, thus harder to break.
- It’s green. You’re reusing 100% recyclable material.
- If necessary, fertilizer can easily be added to the water solution.
- If you’re going on vacation, no need to hire a plant sitter.
There are scores of retailers both locally and on the internet that sell the Plant Nanny. Prices range from around $6 for an individual stake up to $20 for a pack of four. This would make an excellent gift for the green—or not so green—thumb in any family.