My earth box is not wicking water to the soil. What should I do?

Steve Oliver
by Steve Oliver
I have two "Earth Box's" growing tomato's. One is fine, the other seems to not be wicking the water to the soil. Both were set up the same way. Has anyone had this problem? The Earth Box company don't have an answer. Thank you.

  4 answers
  • Brenda Brandt Deason Brenda Brandt Deason on May 16, 2018

    Perhaps the wick needs to be primed? Have you tried watering from above to get it going?

  • Brenda beat me to it, as that was my first thought too. See if this helps.

    Surprised customer service was not able to help. Sorry about that! Hopefully this link will remedy the issue.

  • Caroline Gerardo Caroline Gerardo on May 16, 2018

    Also poke a couple holes into soil with chopsticks to aerate - away from the crown of the plant

  • 27524803 27524803 on May 16, 2018

    you may have an air pocket in the area where the soil contacts the water reservoir... you may have to empty the container... put soil back in making sure to pack it tighter in the wick-ing box.... also the "overflow" hole may be too low... so the reservoir does not fill up enough.

    • Steve Oliver Steve Oliver on May 23, 2018

      Hi Marty, thank you for your help. I'm not clear on "the overflow hole may be to low". I know what the overflow hole is. My earth box is setting on the flat level porch. I think I may have solved the problem at least a little by watering from the top in addition to the normal wicking way. The soil when you put your hand in at the top seems more moist and the plant is doing much better.

      though it still doesn't seem to take much water in the trough compared to my other one.

      Thank again for your help.