Kim Parker Plants is a company in California that was a pioneer in the use of sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) from way back in the ‘70s and '80's when I was in the business. I tip my cap to Kim for being both progressive and remaining independent.
She did not sell out to UK based Rentokil when they were buying out companies all over the country. What a sad story that was.Like Kim, the majority of interior plantscaping companies use some type of SIP system but very few publicize the fact that they do as Kim does. There is no way of knowing much about the use of these systems in their industry because they simply don't talk about it.
That is a significant loss to us all because the interior plantscaping industry has the largest database of SIP experience of any segment of our society.
The rest of the so-called "green industry" (i.e. commercial horticulture) still calls these systems "self-watering" and has little understanding of how they work.
As is so often the case, the loser in this story is the consuming public. That is particularly true now that so much attention has been turned to consumer edible food production. In land-scarce cities, SIPs are the best vegetable growing choice (but largely unknown choice) for the majority of urbanites.
SIP photos follow.
Mona Plant Systems (Sub-Irrigation)
Stores half a gallon to 1.5 gallons of water
Best method for zero water-waste irrigation; zero run off water
Sized to fit inside of 8 inch to 48 inch pots.
Mona Links can be used to fit ANY size of pot or planter
CW Plant Systems
* Keeps plants healthy, strong, and stress free by balancing moisture and oxygen levels in the soil at all times.
* Closed system prevents possibility of water damage to interior floors and furniture
* Large reservoir system allows longer intervals between waterings (less disruption in the office).
* Improves the air we breathe by reducing visits which reduces emissions from our company vehicles.
* Custom Colors are available.
* Stores 2 pints to 8 gallons of water.
* 8 inch to 36 inch diameter available.