Aqua Globes AG011706 Glass Plant Watering Bulbs, 2-Pack


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  • B. Walters "Super Mom" says:
    303 of 321 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A Couple of Quirks…but they work, June 15, 2009
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    B. Walters “Super Mom” (Layton, UT, USA) –

    This review is from: Aqua Globes AG011706 Glass Plant Watering Bulbs, 2-Pack (Lawn & Patio)
    I bought six of these to water my large potted plants while we are gone in the summer. Once receiving them, I immediately tried them. I filled them with water, made the hole in the dirt first with something else, and inserted the globes. Water started leaving the globes quickly and within 10-15 minutes, the globes were empty! I was hoping water would stay in the globes long enough to water the plants for at least one week, and they were empty. I soon realized that your plants have to be saturated with water FIRST, then as the dirt around the globes dries, water is released from the globe. Another thing, dirt does get trapped in the stem sometimes. Overall, just make sure that your plants are watered very well before you insert the globes, then they will slowly release the water the plant needs. I’ve had comments on how pretty they are in the plants also. I think they do the job without having to ask your neighbor to come water your plants while you’re gone.

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  • Amazon Customer "tamratoo" says:
    78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    They work, but there is a learning curve, May 19, 2011
    This review is from: Aqua Globes AG011706 Glass Plant Watering Bulbs, 2-Pack (Lawn & Patio)
    I have a set of 4 of these, I think they are the mini version. So far they are working very well. I am in Texas and use these outdoors in medium size pots of herbs. They last for about a week before needing a refill. I kind of cringed when I read reviews from people complaining about how hard they are to fill and then saying that they just trickle water from the sink spout into them. I just fill a pitcher with water then submerge the globe until it fills. Takes about 30 seconds. You do need to pre-drill a hole to avoid having soil clog them up, and you may have to move them around a bit before getting a perfect placement, but once they are placed properly they do exactly what they claim to do.

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  • Spudman says:
    159 of 189 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Going Global, July 25, 2010
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    Spudman (Pasadena, MD United States) –
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    This review is from: Aqua Globes AG011706 Glass Plant Watering Bulbs, 2-Pack (Lawn & Patio)
    Aqua Globes are one of those myriad “as seen on TV” products that promise to change your life. Mrs. Spudman picked up a box along with the equally promising “Smooth Away” miracle that is also “seen on TV.”

    In the box were two Aqua Globes, each made of hand-blown glass, and even this skeptical Spudman must admit are somewhat attractive and stylish. The globes are about 11 inches long and far too fragile to put into the hands of your pet gorilla or chimpanzee.
    The long thin tips are “cut” at an angle at the ends to help with ease of filling and inserting into potting soil.
    When we bought our present home, we inherited a potted palm tree that’s’ close to five feet tall now. It showed signs of stress after being transplanted into a larger pot, so Mrs. Spudman chose it as a candidate for the Aqua Globes.

    After several weeks, I noticed that the Aqua Globes were still full of water and brought it to the attention of the Globe master. She pulled out the devices, cleaned compacted dirt from the ends, and reinserted them at a different angle and depth. This seemed to do the trick because the globes needed refilling about a week hence. One site I browsed suggesting putting a piece of screen around the tip of the Aqua Globe to prevent dirt clogs.

    Filling the globes is time consuming and tedious because one has to use a gentle, thin flow from the spigot. Mrs. Spudman started using a small funnel for filling and seems to be happier with this procedure.

    Before inserting the globes into the soil, one is advised to predrill a hole using a stick, dowel, chopstick, or screwdriver. An electric drill makes a big mess with flying dirt and is not recommended for making the preparatory hole. If you don’t make an insertion hole first, you might break the globe’s delicate neck or clog the end with soil, neither of which is desirable.

    It took some trial and error for Mrs. Spudman to determine just the right angle and depth for her Aqua Globes. They seem to be working as promised at the moment, and the palm tree test subject seems healthy and happy.

    Finally –
    Mrs. Spudman is relatively happy with her Aqua Globes though not particularly enthusiastic about them. We both agree that they are an attractive novelty.
    To ensure that a cherished plant is getting water while you’re away on vacation, these Aqua Globes may not be a bad option. If you have many cherished plants, this option could become expensive.

    Mrs.Spudman sort of likes her Aqua Globes. I think they are silly and unnecessary gimmicks of dubious value that at least don’t harm plants. Watering plants is not that much work and isn’t all that time consuming. If you resent the time and effort spent watering houseplants, then maybe you shouldn’t have any. Most importantly the use of Aqua Globes® deprives the plants of personal contact with their caretaker(s) , quality time shared, and the all important bonding experience.
    Thus I give them a lukewarm recommendation.

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