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Aqua Globes: Does it Work?
By: Lauren Keith

Heartland News viewers told me about Aqua Globes.  The hand-blown glass figures are supposed to water your houseplants automatically for up to two weeks.

Sounds hassle-free, and if Aqua Globes work, Luella Thompson just might buy a few...well, make that a lot. Her Cape Girardeau home is filled with plants--some she's kept growing for more than 30 years. Still, she admits watering each of these plants can sometimes be a chore.

"They look really neat," says Luella.

They do, but let's see if Aqua Globes work. First, you fill up the long-tube with lukewarm water. Right away, Luella has this tip.

"You wanna tip it, so it'll fill faster and get rid of the air," says Luella.

The instructions also say to break up the soil in the pot before inserting Aqua Globes.  We use a wooden spoon and make a hole in the soil before putting in the Aqua Globe. This way, the hand-blown and fragile Aqua Globes don't break. Here goes.

"It doesn't run out when you're poking it in," says Luella.

So far so good. We place an Aqua Globe in a large plant with dry soil and in a medium-sized Peace Lily that's been watered recently

"Since the pot is so small, I could see where it would go two weeks," predicts Luella.

But she really hopes the Aqua Globes work in her hanging plants. That could keep her from having to climb up on the ladder so often to water her beauties.

"I like the size of 'em," says Luella.

Aqua Globes promise to keep your plants watered and moist for up to two weeks. That's when I check back in with Luella.

"This one was in a moist pot. It was ten days before I had to water again, so I think they work really good in a moist pot, not in a dry pot," she syas.

The directions aren't very clear, but we think if you water your plants first, then place these in them, it will be two weeks or so before you have to make the watering rounds again.

"I think these would work awesome for those going on vacation," says Luella.

Before she plants the Aqua Globes with an excellent grade 'A'....

"That is broken a bit," she notices a tear in one of the Aqua Globes.

The package warns these are very fragile. Still, I paid about $25 for the set of four and only used them two weeks before one broke. Plus, this plant was in a guest bathroom in Lella's house that's hardly ever used.

"Function-wise yes, lower the grade though on durability," she says.

Fair enough--we water the grade 'A' down to a good grade 'B' on this Does it Work test.

I only could find the Aqua Globes online, but I'm sure there are similar products available in local stores and flower shops.

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