I feel guilty every year for not treating our Christmas tree properly while in its stand. We get busy with the holidays and I neglect to water our tree, which seems pretty cruel. The following is a proposal for a gravity-fed (no power required) Christmas tree (or other plant) watering system. Simply, there would be a float that would sit in the tree water attached to a valve. When the water level is low, the valve opens, letting water in, and closing when full. It is the exact same thing in most toilet tanks, only for your Christmas tree.
Some key concepts to bear in mind:
While it could be marketed to fit on any stand as a screw-on attachment, the better idea is to have it integrated into the stand to protect the float and plumbing.
If marketed as an attachment, it would need to be on a leveling platform to accommodate stands with non-vertical edges.
The reservoir should be:
- Able to hold enough water for a standard-sized tree for a whole month.
- Collapsible so it can stow away with the stand or tree decorations.
- Sealable at the top (fill side) in case it tips over.
- Able to fit under the bath tub faucet so it is easy to fill (i.e., not too tall).
- Easily detachable from the valve without spilling so it can be refilled mid-season with easy.
- Have a long enough hose that the reservoir can be hidden significantly far behind the tree.