Our dendrobem Orchid is potted up in chunky bark, so every week or so I take it to the kitchen sink, set the pot in a dish of water and let it sit for an hour or two. Next its placed on rack for a couple of hours to drain.
A small watering can with a long thin spout is the best for those who grow African violets or other house plants in small pots. The thin spout controls the water flow preventing gushing that floods and overflows the pots. The tiny diameter of the spout also makes it easy to reach under the leaves of African violets and water at soil level. Water splashed on the leaves disfigures the plants by leaving behind permenant water marks.
For those who water larger plants the new Pour and Store watering can from OXO is a real winner. Made of lightweight plastic and available in six colors this OXO watering can is both well balanced and handsomely styled. But what really sets it apart from others is its 360-degree swiveling spout that makes it easy to fill and store because there is no protrusion to get in the way. Also, facing the spout inward prevents water from sloshing out of container when carrying a full can of water from sink to plant.
Available in three sizes, priced from $9.99 to $24.99, they can be purchased at most independent garden centers or at OXO International (800) 545-44ll : www.oxo.com.
If you’re on the go, consider investing in an Oasis, the self watering system by Claber (www.Claber.com) that waters your plants automatically for up to 40 days and takes just minutes to set up.
This versatile product offers 4 different irrigation programs that, depending on the size, will water up to twenty plants. Plan to be gone a long time? Simply have a friend or relative refill the reservoir and your good for another month and a half.
The Oasis is also be the perfect solution for folks who love indoor plants but can’t keep up with the chore of watering. The 6.6-gallon capacity container, will not stick out like a sore thumb. With a suggested retail price of $120, the Oasis is available at English Gardens, Plymouth Nursery and Van Atas. It can also be ordered online from the Rittenhouse garden catalog: www.rittenhouse.ca (877) 488-1914.