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The plants are doing great at the two-month mark. They are growing, putting out new flowers and saving a lot of water. There will be many more flowers in the future.
SIPs are simply super. Don't just sit there. Get growing in them! Your plants will love you for doing it.
Thanks to obstructionism in the trade, most Americans do not know about sub-irrigated planters (SIPs) or they may know them by the term "self-watering". It is bad English and even worse horticultural terminology.
Sub-irrigation is in worldwide use in modern greenhouse growing. Fellow growers would crack up if you said that you had a self-watering greenhouse.
Drench and drain hand watering is history for growers who want to stay in business. It may also be history for those who want their plants to live in the drought crisis. A utopian idea but maybe we should ban drain hole pots along with plastic bags. They create unjustified profit for growers based on needless consumption at the expense of society and the environment.
On a brighter note, see that the Dracaena marginata leaf head that was damaged has grown new leaves and is almost back to normal. All of these Dracaena canes were on their way to the dumpster when I intercepted them. I rooted them directly in the SIP they are now growing in. Pretty neat...from trash to treasure as some say.
Also, note that the property owner installed a wall hanging and had the Ficus trees pruned. There was an invasion of white flies. There are no pest problems with the SIP garden however.
The owner graciously allowed me to store my plant lab while I get located. My plan is to create a much bigger test garden in a San Diego neighborhood. I am in the process of writing a proposal in the form of a private invitation only web site.