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Wick watering

PostPosted: January 26th, 2011, 10:35 pm
by Laci
Could you tell me something about wick watering? I'm planning to wick my plants, but I don't know how and what materials could I use for it.

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 26th, 2011, 10:36 pm
by Galina
I will try tomorrow to take pictures and write.

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 26th, 2011, 10:49 pm
by Laci
Dear Galina, thanks in advance! Image

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 27th, 2011, 9:17 pm
by Galina
What we need:

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With the help of green sticks I put a wick in the bottom of the pot. Not deep, for a maximum of 1 cm.

How it looks:

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When the water comes to an end, I change the tank to clean with fresh water. Sometimes add water:

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Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 27th, 2011, 10:53 pm
by Laci
Thank you very much for this great photos! If I understood, you put only 1 cm into the soil of the wicking material?? Do you add perlite to the compost? As I remember someone mentioned that she's using 50% perlite and 50% soil.
What material are you using as a wick?

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 27th, 2011, 11:00 pm
by Galina
Wick synthetic silky to the touch. Perlite I do not use at all. The composition of the mixture of land did not change, the usual: substrate based on peat (80%), vermiculite (15%), coarse(!) sand (5%), crushed coal, a little sphagnum.

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 27th, 2011, 11:03 pm
by Galina
Laci wrote:If I understood, you put only 1 cm into the soil of the wicking material??


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Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 27th, 2011, 11:11 pm
by Laci
Could I use shoe laces as wicking material? :-)

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 27th, 2011, 11:14 pm
by Galina
I think they are too thick. :) I bought 4 types of cords. Came very thin, with a maximum of 2 mm in diameter. Try an ordinary household cord. Or cord for macrame. Thin.

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 28th, 2011, 12:09 am
by Gabi_Munich
Great photos and description, Galina! later in the year I have to try wick watering, it would help a lot when being out for some days. How long did you ever leave your plants on their own? I mean, would you for example go traveling for two or three weeks? Would the plants survive on wick watering for so long? Lots of question marks, eh ;)

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 28th, 2011, 12:50 am
by Galina
I left for 2 weeks recently. Everything was fine. With regard to three weeks for major strengths of violets may not have enough water, especially in summer. They need more water.

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 28th, 2011, 1:44 am
by maki01
Thanks Galina , great knowledge and presantation...

Just a few days ago , I bought this cups without cap for to use as plates for pots :) Now I will buy caps too.
You said that 1 cm would be enough for the wicks in the soil. Isn't it to short? How the soil will capture it. It seem as if it could fall down :roll:

Another question is when we should start to use wicking system ?

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: January 28th, 2011, 2:19 am
by Galina
1 cm would be enough for the wicks in the soil


Yes. In my terms this is sufficient, the substrate is quite humid. (For the first time I put in the wick in the evening, the morning of the substrate was already wet.) But you should check out this system in your environment. Perhaps another substrate, another wicks change something.
Try the 2-3 different cords. Choose the best. First try on a small number of plants.

How the soil will capture it.


It happens, but very rarely, and only when I raise the pot, a wick clings to the edge of the hole. They do not even, as I make them a soldering iron.. It's okay, I put it in place.
If it frightens you, it is possible to make a wick more long and to use a hook for knitting - to stretch a wick from below upwards on half of length of a pot.

when we should start to use wicking system

When you get tired of spending several hours a day only for irrigation. Not before. :lol:
If it is serious, the cold in apartment can be contra-indication only.

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: February 4th, 2011, 3:46 pm
by Laci
I got the wick, I bought the thinest one, but it's still not thin as yours, Galina. I will try it out, wheter it works fine or not. I don't know where I can buy a thin wick :-(

Galina where do you get the reserviors?

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: February 4th, 2011, 8:12 pm
by Galina
These thin wicks were at my husband for many years. I bought a few species in the OBI, but those who were in the house, came the best. I will look more similar. As soon as I find, I'll write.

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: February 4th, 2011, 9:17 pm
by Galina
I found a cord and ordered. The next week will get my order. I hope he is OK. Those interested can order. ;)

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: February 5th, 2011, 9:29 pm
by Laci
I tried these ones :D I applied only on 2 plants, I think I will use wick watering, but I need some experience on how it is working. Finger crossed!
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Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: February 5th, 2011, 10:41 pm
by Galina
Need to check to see whether the land is too wet. Especially where a thick wick.
And another important point. We must allow the wick to dry out after several days of work. Then again, fill the tank with water and see if the fuse to work. Some drying to refuse to absorb the water.
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Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: February 9th, 2011, 9:42 pm
by nina
Laci, and friends,

I started wick watering two months ago, and it works great.
It is obligatory that the soil mix you use is very light and porous, otherwise your violets will rot. If you cannot mix the mixture Galina proposes, it is always the safest to use perlite, half-half.

Another thing that has not been mentioned: put fertilizer in the wick water. The dosage should be very mild, I put 1/8 of gram per liter of water.

I use about 1 cm thick parts of an old pentyhose, works great.

The containers, you can use anything, you will find wide assortment of plastic boxes for food. Since I have started wick watering, my kids eat only cheese!!!!!!because it is sold in boxes that suit my purpose the best.

If you put a big container of water, they can live on it for weeks.

I put them on wick watering as soon as the baby is well established and growing.

Re: Wick watering

PostPosted: February 9th, 2011, 9:54 pm
by Laci
I'm wicking only 2 pots, but I also have good experiences. I will use it for the rest of my violets. 50-50% (perlite-compost) seems to be working fine.