For the past 10 years, my oldest pal gives me a gardenia plant in early February and we make a bet to see if I can keep it alive for the entire year. Actually, it started out as, "Let's see if you can make this baby bloom," but after the first 3 years of killing it outright, we've changed the rules to "keep it alive...and produce one flower." I've still killed every single one. I think I've tried everything: testing the pH of the soil, misting instead of watering, indoor pot, outdoor plant, heavy feeding...And yet, about five weeks in, my gardenia starts falling apart and I endure the Told-You-So Dance in full effect. So I'm wondering if this Aqua Globes watering system would help me out at all for Gardenia Grow 2008.
This year, I've decided to keep the gardenia indoors, specifically in the window box in the kitchen (although I am concerned about that because it doesn't get full sun...) My other major pitfall from previous years is overwatering, which is where the Aqua Globe may come in handy. It's supposed to keep a plant watered for up to 2 weeks. You fill the Aqua Globe up with water, and then invert it and push it in the soil. When the soil dries out, it'll send oxygen into the Aqua Globe which will release the right amount of water back into the soil.
Now if you're wondering why I haven't given up on this persnickety plant for the past 10 years, two words: Cash prize. (And yes, I did try to replace the plant with a new blooming one in '04, and my pal just laughed and said, "Nice try.") So, if anyone has tried Aqua Globes with their houseplants, let me know if it worked!