How to water your indoor plants using Wine and Beer Bottles

Have plants that need watering while you are on vacation?

Love drinking beer or even wine (Deer, 2016, December 26) and have a lot of bottles about the place?


Here’s a handy way you can use those bottles (Bradford, 2016, July 28) aside from cutting them and using them in a rooftop hydroponics (Deer, 2013, July 31) garden.

  1. Water your plants as per usual
  2. Fill the wine or beer bottle with water
  3. Hold the wine bottle over the plant’s pot
  4. Flip the bottle over and quickly stick the neck of the bottle into the soil
  5. Lean the bottle against the edge of the pot to keep it upright

Logically, you’d think all the water would run out of the bottle. It doesn’t, as the capillary action of the plants roots in the soil means that the water slowly seeps out into the soil as the plant uses it in photosynthesis. Additionally, air from the slowly drying soil has to rush in and replace the water.

As there is no air in the water to quickly displace the water, this process happens very slowly.

A wine bottle bottle or three (3) beer bottles will last about a week with small potted plants and three (3) weeks in smaller plants. Plants will stay green and leafy as they drink the water from the soil, making it dry so that more water can trickle out of the beer bottle.


Expand this concept to a larger farm using a large Water Tank and pipes buried underground and you have a means of watering large fields without the farmer having to go out into the field constantly to water plants.

Never let it be said that your beer and wine drinking habits were in vain! Sharing is caring so share this hand watering tips and never have your green leafy plant go green when you go on vacation.


  1. Deer, L. (2013, July 31). How to Cut Glass Bottles to make a Rooftop Garden Wick-Based Hydroponic System. Retrieved from
  2. Deer, L. (2016, December 26). A Jamaican List of the Alcoholic Content of Wines and Spirits. Retrieved from
  3. Bradford, A. (2016, July 28). Water your plants while you’re away with this simple tip. Retrieved from



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