Water is very, very cunning and has the ability to rise up against gravity when given the right conditions. It’s called capillary action. Using capillary action the cotton cord is able to draw, or suck in water like a straw. The water travels through the interior of the fibre, up the copper pipe and into the dirt that your plant sits in. As the soil dries, more water is pulled through. No underwatering. No overwatering. Just the water they need.  

To start the process, it is best that the dirt around your plant damp but drained and your cord is completely soaked. Make sure it is so sopping wet that it sinks.  

Next, give a little squeeze to remove any excess moisture (we don’t want you getting soaked trying to thread it into the pipe).


Now we thread.

Take out your ‘Threader’ (provided) and unravel it. Thread it all the way through your pipe until it pops out the other end.

Once through the pipe, poke one end of your threader into the end of your wet cotton cord and make sure they are holding onto each other TIGHT - we like to poke it through the cord and fold it down creating a wee hook. Now, pull your threader all the way through. All going well, your cotton should now be inside your pipe and sticking out of either end.

You can now put your threader away somewhere safe, for when you need to rethread or replace your wick. DON’T THROW IT OUT!


Now stick one end of your Wick Stick in your plant. (Your plant that has been pre-watered and drained so the soil is damp) To do that, create a long worm hole in your pot plant (we use a chopstick) and stick the end of your wick in it. If you’re transplanting your plant to a new container you can pop the cord towards the bottom of the pot, atop a little soil while you transplant.

Make sure the copper is sitting under the soil line to minimise evaporation.

There will be some tweaking required but start with about 15cm of cord in your plant pot. If you think the plant is getting too much water, put less cord in the plant. If you think it needs more, put in more cord. It will depend on the size and variety of the plant.

Then grab yourself a super-cute bottle or jug and stick in the other end of the pipe in it.


Fill your vessel (jug or bottle) with water and voila you are done.

Your plant babies will still need you. But this little bit of magic (science) will help you out when you have to abandon your green babies, as we all do sometimes for holidays or work or just straight neglect.

You are welcome.

The Wick Stick

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