Indoor plant watering for the lazy and creative

Watering your plants is a monotonous yet vital activity to keep them alive and healthy. For those of us who either have irregular schedules, travel a lot, or have short memory, thankfully, there is a handy solution! As I have recently planted mint, oregano, thyme, and rosemary in my kitchen I have received plenty of questions from my friends on what the hell have I attached to the pots. So I’ve decided to wrap up my feedback and experience on one very nifty solution for plant watering.

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Mint, oregano, thyme, and rosemary on my kitchen window sill with Blumat pods attached.

Not long ago, I have discovered an Austrian plant watering system called “Blumat” that is designed to keep the soil of your pots moist at all times, without over- or under-watering them. Blumat pods are ingenious and simple in their construction and are comprised of a ceramic nozzle with a plastic water dispenser with a small hose attached to it. The original ones can be purchased from your local shops, or copycat versions of it can be bought from eBay for as low as 2 Euros per pod. In my experience they work as good as the originals. Below you will find an easy-to-follow instructions on how to use Blumat pods.

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Close-up of a rosemary pot with a Blumat pod and an upcycled wine bottle as a water source. 
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The Blumat pod in the soil.

Step 1: Find a plant you’d want to pot (in my case it’s celery), a pot, some soil to fill it with, and a Blumat pod.

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Rooted celery stems ready for planting. 

Step 2: Generously water the soil, but be careful not to over water! 1 part water to 4 parts soil should do. Pack the soil tight, and pierce it with a wooden stick or pencil couple of times for better air circulation. Make a hole big enough for the plant to fit and make sure the roots are covered.

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Freshly potted celery stem.

Step 3: Pop the lid of the Blumat pod and submerge it under water for 5-10 minutes. Be sure to let all the air bubbles out. When the time is up, close the lid back on under water and don’t let any air in.

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Blumat pod getting ready.

Step 4: Firmly plug the pod into the soil and and you’re done! Attach the end of the hose to a water container (bottle, pot, whatever) and make sure that is on the same level with the plant, or a little higher. Fill the container with water when needed. In my case, two small pots require about 1 liter (0.26 gal) of water every 3 days, depending on your climate conditions.

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