In the summer they curl up their toes and simply die. I put some water crystal things into the soil and had a reasonable rate of success with them but the Queensland Summer sun is simply too much most of the time for the plant and its game over too quickly.
I'm still game for one more round with Mother Nature this summer - Here's what I did...
I'm hoping that the water will pool at the bottom of the basket and be accessible to the plant. Before I did this, watering the basket made the dirt damp, then it drained out the bottom and simply evaporated into thin air. The plants were out of water by lunch time and I was at work unable to help them. Watering them twice a day was starting to get a bit silly - Of course its rained practically every day since I did this so I'm not sure if its the plastic or the fact that they are getting water and the sun is behind the clouds that is leading to the plants looking so much healthier today!
I'm not sure what I will do if this doesn't work. Both sets of hanging pots only get 1/2 a day of sun - but that's probably enough to bake them to a crisp most days. Maybe I'll have to move 'em to a spot that gets even less direct sun in the summer...
Green-ness: 4/5 for finding a use for a plastic bag - 2/5 for having it in the house in the first place!
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for not spending a cent!
Time cost: Probably about 1/2 an hour to repot 6 baskets
Skill level: Digging and balancing!!
Fun-ness: If they manage to live - it will be great fun!