Sip vs wick watering?
Although I've kept houseplants over the years, i just recently have become reenchanted with african violets.
I have been searching the net trying to get a breakdown of the differences or similarities between a sub irrigated planter (think recycled soda bottle planter) vs the wick watering method that I see mentioned extensively in this forum.
I understand that most advocate using a very lite medium when wick watering and also using wicks of yarn or mason twine in different thicknesses for different pot sizes.
Information on the net regarding SIPs use batting for a wick, make ventilation holes in the part of the bottle (neck) that contains the plant and holes on reservoir part of the bottle to act as an overflow and also to provide more ventilation. I have no idea if the neck of the bottle is meant to be above the waterline or below the waterline. Also can't seem to find out how far up the planter the wick is supposed to extend.
I would really appreciate anyone who can help enlighten this newbie?