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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s