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Are ollas worth it?

Posted by LullabyF360 8a (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 16, 13 at 11:16

I live in North Louisiana. My summers are hot, humid, & I go months without a drop of rain. As soon as water hits the ground, it evaporates before roots get a chance to enjoy a drink. I read up on how to make your own ollas out of terra cotta pots. I would like to use these for my young trees. I have several trees, both fruiting & flowering. From what I have read, they all recommend an 8" pot to make the ollas with for a tree of at least 6'. Would I need to use a larger pot, considering how my summers are? That is, if ollas are worth spending money on to make.

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RE: Are ollas worth it?

The theory of using ollas is sound, so you may just need to decide if it is worth it for you.

I saw a similar alternative with gallon jugs of milk or water (poke holes in the jug near bottom and situate it near a plant or buried up to the neck like ollas). Leave the lid on so the built-up pressure will let the water out slowly. You could try the milk jug option for a few plants to see if you see some differences in growth. Keep a few plants without the jug so you can make a comparison, though for trees, it might take a while to see some growth differences.

If you then like it, then I can see how a 5 gallon bucket or larger tub with a pvc pipe sticking out, can be utilized in a similar fashion in case you want a larger reservoir. Even cat litter buckets, if you know anyone with cats.

RE: Are ollas worth it?

For a few plants are OK, but when you have a long bed you'll want a more spaced system. I design what I call my PipeOlla. A 4" PVC pipe with a Horizontal Float valve in one end and Fiber Wicks at set intervals reaching out up to 24" long.

Once its installed, just turn on a water hose, 1/2 to a full turn and get 24/7 watering.

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