Operation

Our products came about from a desire to make it easy and cost effective to grow healthy plants and to increase the enjoyment of them. Because you will have a more consistent and reliable water supply to the plants with less time investment, you will have more time to enjoy them.

This shows a close-up of the distributor and wicks emerging from it. It is the central element of the automatic watering system for houseplants. The receiver is placed in the potting soil and receives the output of a water reservoir. The water is transferred from the receiver to the houseplants by wicking action. In this case, the water supply is from a watering globe. Water for the houseplant may also be supplied by another type of reservoir, a re-purposed bottle for example. The requirement is that the output tube fit into the receiver thus making an automatic watering system for houseplants. Note that the water distribution is automatic but adjustable via the wicks supplied with the houseplant watering kit. The plant watering system receiver can be placed anywhere in the pot. This plant (not shown) is a Crassula.jpg
This illustrates the use of an automatic watering system for houseplants. The receiver is placed in the potting soil and receives the output of the water reservoir. The water is transferred from the receiver to the houseplants by wicking action. In this case, the water supply is from a watering globe. Water for the houseplant may also be supplied by another type of reservoir, a re-purposed bottle for example. The requirement is that the output tube fit into the receiver thus making an automatic watering system for houseplants. Note that the water distribution is automatic but adjustable via the wicks supplied with the houseplant watering kit. The plant watering system receiver can be placed anywhere in the pot. This plant is an anthurium.jpg

Flamingo Flower: Anthurium

     Vergrowth Products came into being to address the problem of automatic watering of houseplants.  Over the years, a number of solutions to the problem of automatic watering of houseplants have been proposed.  However, these have proven to be unreliable, expensive and/or difficult to use.  Probably the closest to being fully satisfactory is the watering globe.

     Watering globes have a hermetic bulb on top with an extended hollow stem that is to be filled and inserted, bulb end up, into the growth medium of the houseplant to be watered.  Once the globe is inserted, the release of water from the globe depends on the admission of air into the globe, allowing the release of a limited quantity of water into the plant growth medium for each admission of air.  One problem with the globe's use by itself is that a porous growth medium leads to a faster than desired release of water into the pot, then into the saucer and onto the floor.  Another problem is that a denser medium can clog the opening of the stem, leading to failure to release enough water, drying and possible loss of the plant.  There are several other drawbacks to using a watering globe alone. One is the lack of stability of the filled globe itself.  The narrow stem is inserted into growing medium that is moistened and then needs to support the filled globe above. The result is often sagging to one side.  The good news is that these (and several other) problems with automatic watering of house plants have now been overcome.

     The Vergrowth approach uses a passive system having no moving parts, requiring no power and having stability and consistency because the water transfer is by wicking action from a reservoir above the top surface of the growth medium for automatic watering of houseplants.  The picture on the upper left shows a closeup of a receiver with wicks installed and a globe inserted.  What can't be seen is the extension from the bottom of the receiver to stabilize it. When used with a watering globe, it provides a reliable, convenient and cost effective solution to the problem of automatic watering of houseplants. In addition to the watering globe, other types of reservoirs can be used with the receivers.  These can have different designs (which can enhance the aesthetics of your plants) or capacities (to provide longer unattended watering). They can all be employed to provide automatic watering of house plants. The reservoir is easily removed and the distributor and wicks are unobtrusive and easily hidden. Using this system for automatic watering of house plants allows quick conversion of your house plants to an attractive conversation piece. The picture on the lower left shows an Anthurium with a different reservoir in place and the one on the lower right shows it with the reservoir removed.

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This illustrates the use of an automatic watering system for houseplants. The receiver is placed in the potting soil and receives the output of the water reservoir. The water is transferred from the receiver to the houseplants by wicking action. In this case, the water supply is from a watering globe. Water for the houseplant may also be supplied by another type of reservoir, a re-purposed bottle for example. The requirement is that the output tube fit into the receiver thus making an automatic watering system for houseplants. Note that the water distribution is automatic but adjustable via the wicks supplied with the houseplant watering kit. The plant watering system receiver can be placed anywhere in the pot. This plant is an anthurium (flamingo flower) .jpg
This illustrates the use of an automatic watering system for houseplants. The receiver is placed in the potting soil and receives the output of the water reservoir. The water is transferred from the receiver to the houseplants by wicking action. In this case, the water supply is from a watering globe. Water for the houseplant may also be supplied by another type of reservoir, a re-purposed bottle for example. The requirement is that the output tube fit into the receiver thus making an automatic watering system for houseplants. Note that the water distribution is automatic but adjustable via the wicks supplied with the houseplant watering kit. The plant watering system receiver can be placed anywhere in the pot. This plant is an anthurium (flamingo flower).jpg

Flamingo Flower: Anthurium

Flamingo Flower: Anthurium

FAQ: How can I water my plants while on vacation?  Because the reservoir can be readily interchanged for one of higher capacity, water can be reliably provided for weeks. The reservoir shown to the left above holds 32 ounces and can water a small or medium sized plant for weeks.  Adapters with an extension that will fit into the receiver will soon be available on this site.

FAQ: How do I water indoor plants automatically? Once the receiver and wicks have been put into place (see the "Installation" tab at the top of this page), you only need to refill the reservoir when or before it empties. Adjusting the water flow rate to meet the needs of your plants is explained under both the "Operation" and "FAQ" tabs at the top of this page.