Helping Plants Beat the Heat

It’s been hot.  Really hot.  It’s the time of year where pots, even large ones, need to be watered twice a day.  I have two coco-lined planters that I just can’t keep from drying out when the temperatures are in the 90’s day after day.  A few years ago my friend, Miss Char from Grace and Favor, shared a tip with me that really works:  fill empty wine bottles with water and simply insert into the soil.  The water will slowly drip out, giving your plants the water they need during extra hot and dry summer temperatures.

With strategic placement, the bottles are hardly noticeable.

If you are going away for a night or two and don’t want to bother a neighbor to water your plants, give this trick a try.  It really works!

I’m sharing this tip at Amanda of Serenity Now‘s Weekend Bloggy Reading Party.
Weekend Bloggy Reading


  1. Paula, this is a great tip! I struggle to keep up with watering my deck plants. I’ll definitely give this a try! Thank you!

  2. What a great tip! I love it and I’m going to give that a try. Your planter looks beautiful πŸ™‚

  3. That’s a great idea! I always wonder if I can trust T to keep my plants alive. This is a great alternative. πŸ™‚

  4. GREAT tip, Paula! Your plants are always so pretty. I hate that I can’t keep plants alive.

  5. You forgot the part about drinking the WTW first…so you would have enough bottles to cover all your planters. πŸ™‚

  6. now that I can do, you know, drink the wine, so I would have enough bottle for my plants!! Good tip!

  7. Neato-mosquito!!! Great idea, must try when we head out soon πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing this great tip.

  8. seriously i have been thinking of this all weekend long. i may use this trick next weekend.

  9. Hi Paula, please stop by my Patriotic Linky Party and post your Patriotic table runner πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  10. This will only work correctly if you stick the bottle in to the point you want it to be, pull it out, clean the “plug” of dirt from the bottle opening, then stick it back EXACTLY where it was. Otherwise the water will drain so slowly that it won’t do much good… least this is the experience I’ve had.

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