• Simple instructions on how to assemble the Downy Decorative Hydro-Vase. Click on the buttons below.
  • The bottom tank is simply another downy detergent container’s bottom. It divides the earth from the sea.
  • Before inserting into the body, snap a white modified yogurt bottle up-the-hole. It’s a tight fit.
  • With that done, you can now insert the internal tank, bottom-up. The hole goes in first toward the body hole.
  • Push the pipe and modified bottle top down threw both of the holes. This is a filler tube for water later.
  • Start filling the vase with per-moistened substrate. Stuff mix down into bottom of the wick, yogurt bottle.
  • Always compact the substrate in well, especially around the edges, to ensure the water wicks properly.
  • Once filled, Place an extra mound on top so its full-full. Press down the earth around the edges so there is room for the rubber seal holding down the plastic mulch. This prevents dehydration of the substrate.
  • Wet the plastic mulch before placing over the substrate. It acts like a glue holding the laminate in place while you are placing the rubber trim.
  • The rubber trim is to hold the plastic antitransperent in place. It has one edge shorter than the other. That goes on the inside. You can place it backwards but the longer edge will go further into the pot. The dirt will get in the way. It’s tricky if you have never done it before.
  • After the rubber band is around the edges, adjust the band and the mulch to look even, tight and well placed.
  • Surprise! Dunk the whole enchilada below water. This is to “prime the pump”… the wick.
  • Once all the bubble are out, signifying the vase is full-full, You can empty a bit of water out. In any case the extra water will drain out by itself from the water level indicator pipe. You can see that drain in a few of the previous images if you look hard. It was pre-installed.
  • Make appropriate holes in the mulch for the plantings. You can use a shovel, a post hole digger but we like to use a small hot rod normally used for soldering. It does an excellent job, leaving no raged edges nor torn plastic. You can “draw” a hole as big as you wish if it is a plug you want to insert. The hot tip cuts the plastic like butter. AND! its a light easier to store away than a post hole digger.
  • We are inserting cutting from a succulent. It should root in a few weeks and fill the vase with leaves & flowers.
  • This particular succulent gets big and showy, so there is no need to place more than 3 stems in the Vase.
  • so you’ve done all the work. Now it’s time to sit back and forget about it until it needs a showy place to boast.