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« on: April 07, 2008 07:36:55 PM »

I was watching TV and saw an ad for these:


The principle seemed like it would be simple to duplicate, so I bought some bottle pourers and a piece of narrow PVC pipe.  I have a collection of cool bottles that I thought I could use


I cut off two lengths of pipe and drilled holes up and down the length.  Then I closed off the equalization straw for the pourer and hot glued the pourers inside the spout. 



Then stab the stake down into the plant pot until all the holes are covered, fill the bottle, and stick it on.  Done!  None of my plants have died yet, so I'm tentatively calling this one a success. 



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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2008 07:39:27 PM »

I saw that commercial on tv too.  And thought "Man that looks so easy to make"...for a glass blower lol.  thanks for showing everyone else how to make one Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2008 07:47:19 PM »

I've been wanting something like this since I've started seeing the commercials. Now I know it's possible to make my own!
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2008 07:51:29 PM »

This is really, really cool!  Keep us updated on your plants!
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2008 07:55:44 PM »

AWESOME
now can you figure out that topsy turvy tomato grower thingy??
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2008 08:07:07 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2008 08:18:13 PM »

AWESOME
now can you figure out that topsy turvy tomato grower thingy??
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« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008 09:21:45 PM »

I knew I had to wait a little bit and someone on here would figure it out! I've tried things, but they all turned into horrible plant water massacres!

Awesome!! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2008 07:39:19 AM »

 :)I saw this ad in first time

So intersting!
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2008 07:41:02 AM »

Nice! My Mom just sticks upside down plastic water bottles into the dirt but yours look much more elegant!
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2008 05:15:02 PM »

Hey that's cool Cheesy
Maybe I can make a few for my balcony garden...

Bet you could paint some neat designs too.
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« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2008 07:28:32 PM »

AWESOME
now can you figure out that topsy turvy tomato grower thingy??
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An empty milk jug with the bottom cut out, take the cap off and put a tomato plant gently in the container so that the leaves poke out of where you would normally pour. Fill it up with dirt/potting soil, and stick in a sunny place in your apartment or outside. It's a wonderful way to save space and still have my precious tomatoes!
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« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2008 05:11:58 AM »

it's that easy?
and the plant won't fall out?

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« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2008 06:25:17 AM »

Then I closed off the equalization straw for the pourer and hot glued the pourers inside the spout.

Could you clarify what the equalization straw is?
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« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2008 05:51:54 PM »

Then I closed off the equalization straw for the pourer and hot glued the pourers inside the spout.

Could you clarify what the equalization straw is?

There' s a little straw that runs through both sides of the pourer.  Just stop up one end of the straw.  If you don't, the bottle will keep pouring even if the plant is sufficiently watered.

I also forgot to mention - I heated one end of the pvc and pinched it closed.  It isn't sealed up or anything, just narrower. I don't know if it actually makes a difference.
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2008 10:21:21 AM »

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and the plant won't fall out?

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You have to keep your hand over the opening to make sure the plant doesn't fall out while you're packing the dirt in, but once that's done you're home free!

Here's a link for the tutorial--http://www.wikihow.com/Grow-Tomatoes-Upside-Down
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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2008 06:34:12 PM »

Awesome!
---totally sorry about the thread hijack

i saw some cute colored bottles at my dollar store this week
and am going to make some of those water thingies, too!!

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« Reply #18 on: April 14, 2008 02:33:23 PM »

I too saw that commercial and almost immediately ran for the credit card and my cell phone since I'm incredibly skilled at killing plants [my list of victims include cacti that I somehow underwatered, bamboo that my cats found delicious, and ivy which freaking grows on ROCKS and should not be so easy to kill].

And then I thought, "No Kelli, put the Amex down. Give it a week or so and someone on Craftster will figure out a way to do this without you burning through your credit like you do your plant life."

So, thank you on behalf of my finances, my foliage and my expectations. These look great! And as a bonus, they'll give me something to do with all the old bottles I've collected over the years that my bf is currently nagging me about.  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2008 06:31:17 AM »

This is such a great idea. I have wanted to try making one of these too but I couldn't think of what to use. I will definitely be trying this, and if it works I will post my results.
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« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2008 09:27:26 PM »

Just another update:  The plants are doing quite well (better, even, than before, probably due to the fact that I NEVER watered them) and the bottles have been slowly draining like they're supposed to.  I do think this one is a success.
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« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2008 06:43:29 PM »

Such a great idea. thanks for helping all of us garden wannabes out. Smiley

Also, if you want something more sturdy for the tomato plants, I use those homedepot type buckets like this. http://www.minifarmhomestead.com/gardening/tomato.htm

hope that helps. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2008 08:31:42 AM »

haha, I might have to try this, my plants ALWAYS die Sad
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« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2008 02:13:47 PM »

I was wondering how these don't overwater plants. Thanks for the tutorial, I'm ready to try this when/if I get some indoor plants.
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« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2008 07:36:10 PM »

 Cheesy very nice!!! i would love it
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« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2008 06:05:33 AM »

I wondered how those things work. Thanks for the tutorial! When I'm gone over the weekend, I usually just put a couple ice cubes on the dirt (for the bigger plants.  One cube for the smaller ones) and let that slowly melt. 
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« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2008 11:28:59 AM »

I wonder...am I the only one that can't see the pics?   Huh  I swear, I'm so visual (or so dumb  Tongue) that I can't survive without pictures. 
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« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2008 03:55:14 PM »

That's so cool! Great job Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2008 11:08:25 AM »

definetely saw that infomercial, their looked like bongs...yours is cute  Grin
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« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2008 02:01:34 AM »

the way you made it is quite good! i should give it a try and save my poor plants
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« Reply #30 on: May 25, 2008 05:52:53 AM »

 My mother would love that! How would you re-fill the bottle though?
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« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2010 04:58:53 AM »

Now that is very clever!  My plants dry out so quickly in this dry indoor atmosphere - will have to try these!  Thanks!
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« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2010 08:35:55 AM »

I'm a bit ashamed to admit this but I actually bought them at  Target. I don't like the fact that they only hold a little bit of water and clearing the dirt out of the spout is a bit of a pain. And yeah, they do look like bongs. I want to try yoursbecause they can hold abit more water....and I'm lazy....my poor plants are coming slowly back to life after being ignored for the last year or so Sad
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« Reply #34 on: February 10, 2010 06:56:56 AM »

I hadn't yet given in to the temptation to buy these yet, but I have looked at them countless times.
Thanks for the idea to make my own.  My plants will thank you also.
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« Reply #35 on: February 13, 2010 01:17:50 AM »

Looks like they actually work better than the real thing! The water is gone out of mine after about a day or two (despite the claim of up to two weeks) even after watering the plants fully right before putting them in...
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« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2010 10:35:37 AM »

Totally wish I would have seen this before I bought mine from the store.  Eh, I waited for the generic brand at family dollar.  Can't wait to try this though.  At least your bottles won't take for-ev-er to fill with water!
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