As Seen on TV -- Aqua Globes

Aqua Globes claim to water your plants so you don't have to, but do they really work? Find out if the Aqua Globes pass the test in our "As Seen on TV" challenge.


In the movie "Stripes", Bill Murray's final plea to keep his girlfriend from walking out the door is: "You can't leave, all the plants will die."

But if John Winger had some Aqua Globes, those plants would be fine, at least for two weeks.

The first thing you'll notice when you buy an Aqua Globe is that you actually get two of them. The Aqua Globes are just hand-blown glass. The manufacturer claims that the Aqua Globe will feed a plant for two weeks, and you don't have to do a thing.

So I've bought two ferns, and in one I'm going to insert an Aqua Globe and with the other I'm not going to do anything.

It's a pretty simple concept: you just fill the Aqua Globe with water. Now, because this is blown glass and it's somewhat delicate, it's recommended that you take something to pierce a hole into the soil before you put the Aqua Globe in just so it doesn't break. You find your hole and you shove it the Aqua Globe and supposedly you can just leave it.

This is what the manufacturer claims: as the soil becomes dry it releases oxygen into the Aqua Globe which, in turn, releases the exact amount of water the plant needs. You can't under water it and you can't over water it.

We're going to put both these plants side-by-side up here on this armoire: one with the Aqua Globe and one without the Aqua Globe, without water, and we'll come back in two weeks and see how these plants are doing.

Two weeks later the Aqua Globe is empty. It fed this plant and it feels moist, and this plant, the one we didn't give any water to, is dry. But there doesn't seem to be much difference in the way they look.

So we're going to give it two more weeks but, to be fair, we're going to water the plant without the Aqua Globe, and we're going to refill the Aqua Globe. For two more weeks, the plants go back on top of the armoire.

After another two weeks, and a full month since we started this experiment, the Aqua Globe is empty again. The dirt on both plants feels about the same, but look at the difference: the Aqua Globe plant is taller and firmer, and on the plant that doesn't have the Aqua Globe you can see the leaves are starting to brown on the edges and the leaves are actually drooping.

So if you love plants and you often find that you're so busy that you often perhaps under water or over water them, I would suggest the Aqua Globes and, from what I've seen, they get the thumbs up.


I paid $10 at CVS for my pair of Aqua Globes. You can find them at a number of stores and online. For more information, visit the Aqua Globe web site listed below.


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