We made these self watering flower towers for the Moms in our family for Mother's Day. It incorporated two ideas we had seen online. The Flower Tower and a watering feature. The towers were a hit with the moms/wives. Now that it has been about a month since we made them, they have really filled out and look great.
DIY Flower Tower
Materials needed to build several flower towers.
Cut the fencing to form the shape of the tower. Secure it in the pot that will be the base.
Seal the end of the drain tile that will be at the bottom of the tower.
Set the drain tile in place. We added several inches of gravel for drainage.
We wanted a heartier mix of soil for our towers so we added black dirt and manure to potting soil.
After lining the tower with an old piece of tarp we filled the tower with the mixed soil. We packed the dirt slightly to minimize settling.
To plant the petunias we cut a horizontal slit and a vertical slit to form an upside down T. We used the knife to poke a hole in the drain tile for watering each plant as well.
Not much to look at when you finish. The petunias grow fast and filled in the gaps quickly. Add water to the drain tile every 3-4 days and your tower stays well hydrated.
That's better. Now it looks great and is a colorful addition to the patio.
Etta Stephenson on Jan 30, 2017Take into consideration where you will be placing the tower 'before' choosing your flowers. Some flowers need all or partial shade, while others can take full sun. DO NOT put shade flowers on a tower that is going to be in full sun. READ the tag that comes with your flowers. Impatients like shade and petunias can stand full sun. So you see, be careful what you choose and where it goes and you will have a beautiful tower for a long time.