My family often travels abroad for the summer and leaves me in charge of their houseplants. Needless to say, after three or more months away they often come back to find more than a few casualties. Cactus — they’re usually good. But anything else, not so much.
Then I found this cheap-ass drip irrigation kit at Harbor Freight. The concept is simple: you leave a faucet on with the kit attached, and this maintains enough pressure in the kit’s hose to force water out drip nozzles attached to the pots of your favorite houseplants. It slowly waters your plants without over watering.
The kit includes a water pressure regulator that allows you to control how fast or how slow the water drips. The nice thing about this system is that you can customize it to your configuration: each drip nozzle is good for a regular potted house plant, but if you have a very large plant that has a wider root structure, you may want to use two or three nozzles for that one.
The kit includes ten nozzles plus 100’ of neoprene hose and various bits of hardware to attach it all together.
And it sells for a whopping $10. Hell, it’s worth a Hamilton just for the tinker factor. There are similar kits out there, but they are usually more expensive — and include fewer nozzles.