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Make your own Recycled Plant Watering Globe in Minutes

Updated on March 18, 2010
This recycled watering globe made from a wine bottle is saving my jasmine from last year's drought.
This recycled watering globe made from a wine bottle is saving my jasmine from last year's drought.
The easy, on-hand materials you need to make your own plant watering globes.
The easy, on-hand materials you need to make your own plant watering globes.

Watering globes, plant nannies, and other waterers can be expensive.  With materials you from your recycling bin, you can create your own watering globes and they actually hold more water than those you see in commercials!  Plastic water bottles, milk jugs, beer bottles, and wine bottles all make easy do-it-yourself recycled plant nannies.

            All watering globes work with the same concept.  A reserve of water is inverted into the plant container with only small openings for the water to move through.  The small openings keep the water from simply pouring out of the reservoir.  As the soil becomes too dry it pulls the water from the waterer.  When the roots and soil have sucked up an appropriate amount of water, the pull stops and the water remains in the reservoir.  Watering globes and the like make it easy to give plants their ideal amount of water without actually being there.  Many companies are capitalizing heavily on this cheap concept but you can make perfect plant nannies out of recycled bottles.  

            Plastic bottles can be turned into watering globes in three easy steps with minimal tools.  You’ll need: a plastic bottle with a lid, a nail, and a candle.  

1.                     Heat the nail in the candle flame.  The heated nail will push easily through the plastic bottle making small holes. 

2.                     Poke four to five holes around the neck of the bottle. 

3.                     Fill completely with water, screw cap on tightly, invert, and push cap first into the plant soil.   

Screw-cap or plork (plastic cork) wine bottles make ideal recycled watering globes for larger plants.  Using a nail or awl and hammer makes quick work out of poking holes in a screw-cap.  Plastic corks work well if you can hammer a nail straight through the center of the cork, creating a small opening for the water to be pulled through.  After you’ve made small holes for the water, simply fill the wine bottle all the way, invert, and push tightly into the plant soil.  If the watering bottle tips too far over it could pop the opening out of the soil and leave your plant to dry out.  This happens easily with wine bottles because they are heavy so stick two stakes in the soil for your recycled watering bottle to lean against.

Regular cork wine bottles can also be used to make recycled plant nannies, all you need to do is create a substitute cap with small holes in it.  Sticking two inch pieces of duct tape to each other creates a water resistant material.  Use a nail or awl and hammer to poke holes through the center of the duct tape strip.  Fill the wine bottle with water, place the duct tape cap over the opening and use a few more pieces of duct tape to secure the substitute cap the wine bottle.  This also works perfectly for recycled beer bottles and the only downside is pulling off the tape and starting over when it’s time to refill. 

            You don’t need to see it on television or spend too much money to get perfect plant watering globes.  Recycled bottles, both glass and plastic, make great plant nannies in just minutes.  Take a few minutes to make one of your own and then take a few days off from watering!


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      Pritchard 5 years ago

      Great idea. BTW I would delete "you will never know" he/she is too illiterate to even spell penis correctly (must not have one).

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      sangeeta verma 5 years ago from Ludhiana India

      Nice idea,can do this when we have to leave our house for a week or so....

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      you will never know 5 years ago

      wtf man you all love pennis in and around you're mouth

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      Gsmzhdjjdjd 6 years ago

      Do you have a better idea ?but still, this idea rocks

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      Harry potter 6 years ago

      Your idea is the worst so far

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      Anne 6 years ago

      Does this method require the pots to be non-drainage? I am using 2 litre bottles and the soil is sucking up bottle after bottle of water.

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      Lynn 6 years ago

      great idea. plan to try it on potted plants

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      Ash 6 years ago

      I have gathered this idea from my own mind and then looked it up in google to further expand my idea. I am using 5L water bottles from Which I acquire with my spring water. I have poked two holes through the cap of the lid (4 for the pumpkin) then 4 stakes (as the bottles are square) to keep them upright as they are heavy. Rather than having thousands of them all over the garden I selected them for fruit and veg only and only fill them up with nutrient solution. This way I no my plants have a constant nutrient supply along with the normal watering, miracle-Gro fortnightly and a high N(nitrogen) fertiliser which I use for foliar feeding/spraying. The bottles usually lose a quarter straight away when filled from empty but when topped back up it will take around 48-72 hours to release all solution (obviously depending on weather and soil). From this easy watering solution I am already seeing improved results from last year. Tomatoes spurting early April, pumpkin size of football by start of may, raspberry/blackberry flowering in mid April to name a few and all of which are around 2-3 weeks faster than last year. I hope sharing my method comes in useful.

      Tah Ash.

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      Mini Greenhouse 7 years ago

      Great Tips here! Thanks for the idea, ill be digging through my recycling!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Nice. Good information. Thanks

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      Ann Nonymous 8 years ago from Virginia

      Really good job on explaining this Becca and well done! The weather is warming up so fast I might give this a try..I say might because I have no green thumb!

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great idea. I'll try it.

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      Ireno Alcala 8 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      A very good tip during this El Nino phenomenon. Thanks BeccaJoy.