Do You Forget To Water Your Plants? Try a Diaper for Your Plants to Keep Them Watered.


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The idea of taking a diaper apart and using it to help keep your plants watered is a new one to me. This video is very interesting, shows you how to use the crystals in your plants indoors and outdoors.

http://youtu.be/sXb8rJ8Rm3I
 
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I don't know if it's just me, but for some reason every time I try to click on the video nothing happens. The idea sounds quite creative tho, I'm sure it'll come in handy later on. I might google this and see if I find a video on this subject :) Thnks for giving me the idea tho!
 
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Clever idea although that isn't something that I would probably do. I can be lax in a lot of things but watering the plants is not one of them.
 
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I can't watch this video either, the link seems to be broken. Could you reupload it, Pat? I'd love to watch it. It sounds like a perfect solution for my boyfriend, he always forgets about his poor plants;)
I don't need it though, I would never forget about my miniature roses:love: I water them every day.
 
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I would never put a diaper in the bottom of one of my plants. I try to avoid having chemicals anywhere near my garden, and disposable diapers really aren't a great idea for babies. They hold a lot of moisture, but I don't see how this would be good for plants since the idea is for the silicant to pull moisture away, which means it should take all the moisture from a plant, not keep it moist.
 
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Burpee in their seed starting kit uses an innovation of your wet diaper to keep germinating seedlings and the enclosed environment to nurture them wet to damp without much human action. The wet pad drapes down into a lower level bath of water and it draws up moisture while the little seedling pods sit on the wet pad drawing moisture to allow the seedlings to germinate. Pretty neat and simple just like your solution to avoid plants over-drawing on their dryness account.
 
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That is a unique idea and probably useful for some people, but it isn't something I would do. Honestly I think diapers are rather wasteful and full of lots of things that are bad for the environment so I wouldn't want it close to my plants.
 

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Thanks for posting the video that had the broken link. It is good to know Burpee uses a similar technique in the starter kit.
 
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Thanks for the video. I guess the gel isn't toxic, which is why people let the diapers touch their babies. I don't have that much trouble watering right now because it's the rainy season, but I might be able to use this tip during the summer.
 
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Very interesting post Pat, since i am experiencing drought where i live i think this is a super creative way of ensuring that my plants are watered.
 
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It seems like the gel or bead type of stuff that you are taking out of the diaper is the same type of stuff that you can buy as little crystals that you can mix in with your soil to keep water longer. I'm not sure which one would be more price effective though and I'm not sure if they're completely the same or not.
 
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Most of the plants I have do not need a lot of water to survive and much prefer well-draining soil, but thanks for the link!
 
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That is so cool to think that Burpee uses that method. I would love to see a picture of it to see if I'm picturing it right in my mind. This would be very useful for many baby plants. I wonder if this might work to have my boys enjoy planting some seedlings to watch grow.
 
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I would never put a diaper in the bottom of one of my plants. I try to avoid having chemicals anywhere near my garden, and disposable diapers really aren't a great idea for babies. They hold a lot of moisture, but I don't see how this would be good for plants since the idea is for the silicant to pull moisture away, which means it should take all the moisture from a plant, not keep it moist.
That was kind of my thought as well- you want the plants to benefit from the water, not the diaper! lol. It is an interesting idea, though, and I'm always up for clever solutions to things...maybe it could be useful in some other application.
 
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I did not know about this. LOL interesting idea. Thanks for posting this video. I usually use gel beads for my plants I was not aware of this idea. I'll have to remember this one.
 
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That was kind of my thought as well- you want the plants to benefit from the water, not the diaper! lol. It is an interesting idea, though, and I'm always up for clever solutions to things...maybe it could be useful in some other application.
Well, Jessi, I guess you could put the diapers in your shoes to prevent moisture and the growth of yeast. People who are prone to athlete's foot could definitely benefit from that! Silica gel can absorb quite a lot of moisture so it's probably best to use diapers as diapers.
 
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Well, Jessi, I guess you could put the diapers in your shoes to prevent moisture and the growth of yeast. People who are prone to athlete's foot could definitely benefit from that! Silica gel can absorb quite a lot of moisture so it's probably best to use diapers as diapers.
Haha Chanel, I was mostly being kind- though who knows, most things do have the potential for some out of the box "creative" applications. But yes, I'm in agreement with you in that diapers are probably already in their best niche ;).
 
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The idea of taking a diaper apart and using it to help keep your plants watered is a new one to me. This video is very interesting, shows you how to use the crystals in your plants indoors and outdoors.

http://youtu.be/sXb8rJ8Rm3I
That is so cool and amazing idea to cut down on watering, as well as making the soil better. However, after I read the comments from below, I am lost :) with such negative reviews. I am now debating whether to try it or not!
 
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