After realising how much time and attention was required to keep container plants consistently watered, a need was identified for a reliable, simple and consistent self-watering plant pot system. Maddison’s brief with Stewart Company was to create a low cost, easily manufactured solution for sale to consumers in garden / DIY centres and online.
The result of some Maddison brainstorming was a design idea to create a reservoir combined with wicking material to reliably transfer water to the soil at a predictable rate. We identified some candidate wicking materials, and test rigs were then set up to assess the results with the help of a leading horticulturalist, Arnie Rainbow. After some prototyping and design refinement, a mouldable solution was devised, and the overall system patented. Maddison worked with a Far East moulder to introduce this into series production. The Herb Pot was a Silver Award Winner in the Garden Sundries category at the DIY / Housewares Product of the Year Awards. It is available in retail outlets such as Amazon and Homebase.