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  • Would tis work for fig? Is like SIP?

    I look for way to self water Figs in 1gal pots and or cups. I see tis photo and think... Wow tis is easy to do and maybe cure from accidental overwatering?
    What would I use as mix and will the water be taken into pot too much completely soaking mix? How far up do water travel?
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    Maybe just some drip emiters and a timer.
    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

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    • #3
      The answer to all of your questions depends on what mix you use and the height of the containers you use it in. You can also affect it by adding a wick. The mix you use will need to have a large percentage of peat and/or coir.

      An easy way to see how well a mix will wick is to take a tall clear plastic cup - like I see people using to root cuttings. Drill a hole or two in the bottom. Fill it with your potting mix. Then set it in a pan with a half inch of water. You may need to add water as it wicks up into the cup. Experiment with using completely dry potting mix, and moistened potting mix.
      Fig & Blackberry Farmer in Sunol, CA.

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      • #4
        So wick may no be complete necessary if potting mix is good enough to suck water up correct?
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        • #5
          I didn't use a wick in my 5 gallon bucket SIPs. They seemed to suck up water fine. 40% compost, 40% peat, 20% perlite.
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          • #6
            In some circumstances a wick is more useful for drainage than watering....

            Another option is capillary matting. I've seen some commercial options that have a landscaping fabric over the capillary part, so you don't get algae growing.
            Fig & Blackberry Farmer in Sunol, CA.

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            • #7
              Ah! Tis make sense.... Okay I will try on couple fig I almost ready to pot up!

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