Self-watering capillary mat

How to set up a self-watering system

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At its best
At its best

Plant is at its best in January

Plant is at its best in February

Plant is at its best in March

Plant is at its best in April

Plant is at its best in May

Plant is at its best in June

Plant is at its best in July

Plant is at its best in August

Plant is at its best in September

Plant is at its best in October

Plant is at its best in November

Plant is at its best in December

To do
To do

Do To do in January

Do To do in February

Do To do in March

Do To do in April

Do To do in May

Do To do in June

Do To do in July

Do To do in August

Do To do in September

Do To do in October

Do To do in November

Do To do in December

Returning home to discover dead or wilting plants is not the ideal end to a holiday. With a little forethought you can ensure your plants are kept well-watered while you’re away, without being overly reliant on obliging friends or neighbours.

Follow our simple guide to setting up a self-watering system, below.

You will need

A flat tray

A container of water

Capillary matting

Pots

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Total time:

Step 1

Set up a flat tray over a container of water and cover in capillary matting. Add a piece of matting, which will function as a wick, drawing up water from the reservoir below.

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Step 2

Fill the water reservoir right up to its brim and thoroughly wet the matting.

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Step 3

Put pots on the surface, pressing them down so the pot’s draining holes are in contact with the matting. Ideally, ask a friend or neighbour to top up the reservoir from time to time.

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