Hoya talk forum: Tutorial: Making your own self watering pots

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Apr 2, 2012 9:45 AM CST
Wow this is so helpful! I'm totally clueless about water loving hoya, so this is very educational :)


There are all kinds of humid thriving house plants that i've been eyeballing. Now I have an easy option for their care!
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Apr 3, 2012 12:47 AM CST
Name: Julie Kennedy
Keiko, Doug has a fantastic video on making and planting semi-hydro on his website, if you are experimenting.
There is SO much great info from very talented, creative and experienced people Lovey dubby
Apr 3, 2012 10:34 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
On the Aloha Hoya site there is some information on Mediums, Hydro/SemiHydro... Links to them here on H on H....
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May 31, 2012 1:33 AM CST
Name: Daniel
Saxonia-Anhalt / Germany
Hello Regina,

a very good tutorial! Thumbs up

But one question: is anything speaking against to close the centerhole of the pot?
Maybe it´s possible that the plant get´s watered the normal way (into the soil) by accident and all the water would pour over the windowsill or whereever it´s placed.
Or would it hinder the air circulation?

Thank you for the answer in advance.


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Jun 1, 2012 3:21 PM CST
Name: amber mcmyne
lisle, new york
such a great idea!!!! i think im going to try and make one of these soon!!!
enjoy that which god has given us... family, friends... and plants!
Jun 2, 2012 9:53 PM CST
Name: Regina James
Royal Palm Beach, Fl.
Daniel .....leaving the hole opened prevents drowning your plant,I would place a clear saucer liner under it to prevent water damage.

Hi Amber, glad you liked the idea. Super easy to make,and fun too.
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Jun 3, 2012 5:17 AM CST
Name: Alka
South Florida
Regina, nice technique. Just 1 question- Is that spraying on outer pot only for cosmetic reason? I would like to avoid spraying if it is not needed.
Jun 9, 2012 7:04 PM CST
Name: Melissa Larson
DFW, Texas
Thanks for sharing, I'm heading out now to get stuff to make my own :)
Jun 25, 2012 9:29 PM CST
Name: Regina James
Royal Palm Beach, Fl.
Alka.....purely cosmetic! You can leave the big outside pot unpainted if you wish, I just took it that one step further to add/give ideas for those that like to be real creative. It is necessary tho to paint/seal the inside of it,otherwise the water would wick thru it as well and defeat the purpose.
Flowers leave some of their fragrance in the hand that bestows them.
- Chinese proverb

Jul 16, 2013 9:46 AM CST
Name: Zoe Varol
That's so simple and effective... Thanks for the infooo :)
Jul 21, 2013 5:53 PM CST

excellent idea - I have a lot of clay pots to use up.

Is it possible next time you make one of these, you can post photos of each step?

I understand the entire principle, but I don't grasp where the caulking goes to prevent too much water either in the small pot, or on the floor when you fill it.

I am a *very* visual person and often have trouble making words into images!

Also, could one put the smaller clay pot inside a plastic pot?
Jun 26, 2014 7:55 PM CST
I can see by the dating on the posts here...BUT...I just found your post! LOVE this idea, I am terrible at remembering when,which I am to water today or next time so this is a GREAT help!!

Viki Hurray! Thumbs up

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