05 December 2012
Anyway, the issue now is that I've decided I want all my SIPs to have watering tubes. Some of the plants are actually starting to grow roots down through the air holes, and I worry that when I take lift the planter part out of the reservoir to water it, putting it back in might damage those roots. I would still have to lift them out occasionally to clean algae growth or the brown stain left from giving them coffee rinsings, but that is not very frequent and not all plants need that (only a few are both in strong enough light and frequently enough watered that they consistently grow algae in the reservoir).
So! I have been trying to find really fat straws or plastic tubing to use for the watering tube but no luck yet. Haven't looked at the hardware store but that's probably where I'll go next. Regardless I didn't want to wait any more so today I scrounged around the house and came up with this solution. I took some old medicine syringes (we have a large collection and on most the markings are rubbing off anyways)
Here is the plant back in its "home" spot.