BY Takeo Inagaki
Thirsty plants are a thing of the past with this super simple self-watering recipe. All you need is our open GPIO tag and a mini water pump. You’ll use our MESH app to connect the pump to a daily timer to keep your plant super hydrated.
First gather your materials. Next, measure the diameter of plastic tube. Drill a hole of the same size in the lid of the container.
Connect the straw and the plastic tube by inserting the straw through the rubber stopper and into the plastic tube. Optional: Use a rubber stopper in-between the straw and the plastic tube.
Insert the plastic tube into the lid of the container. Make sure the plastic tube is stable. Next, connect the plastic tube to the water pump. (Optional: Insert the water level indicator as well.)
Fill the container with water and put the lid on the box. Place your plant on the box and adjust the straw to the best height and position for your plant.
Connect your water pump and your GPIO MESH tag by inserting the two pins into the GPIO tag.
Create the self-watering recipe in the MESH app with drag and drop GPIO tag and timer. Check out the instructions and visual guide below:
First design your custom watering schedule:
• Use a TIMER app tag to set the watering schedule. Select any time or day of the week.
Then set how long the water pump will run during each scheduled watering session:
• Place a GPIO tag for turning the water pump on. (Tip: set the value of the “VOut Supply” to “On”)
• Place another TIMER app tag to set the duration of the watering session. (Tip: use “Wait” and any amount of time for the “Duration”)
• Place another GPIO tag for turning the water pump off. (Tip: set the value of the “VPut Supply to “Off”
Finally, connect each tag on the MESH app to run your self-watering plant!
• Switch the plastic straw with an aluminum tube for sleek design that will last longer.
• Use a rubber stopper with a hole (the same size as the straw or aluminum tube) to connect with the plastic tube.
• Add a water level indicator to make sure your gadget never runs out of water.