If you are looking to grow your own vegetables, fruits and herbs at home, you should consider self-watering HDPE planters. Planters made of HDPE(high-density polyethylene) material are extremely durable and long-lasting options to use in outdoor spaces as they can withstand the extremes of summer hot spells and winter freezing. Plus, their self-watering system eliminates the guesswork of when to water your plants, making the food production easier for new and young vegetable gardeners.
If the reason you haven’t jumped on the self-watering planter craze is because the containers aren’t very attractive, know that the HDPE planter type is available in modern designs that might make you a fan. It is true that these planters aren’t cheap, but if look is what matters to you, their aesthetic approach to self-watering planters makes them worth the investment.
How Self-Watering HDPE Planters Work?
Instead of having to top watering your plant in the traditional way, with self-watering planters you only need to fill a water container. The water from this container will make its way up by one or more wicking devices to the main growing chamber where your plants are located. Then the water will be diffused throughout the growing chamber through your plants.
Why Self-Watering HDPE Planters Are the Urban Gardener’s Choice?
- It saves time and trouble: With traditional planters, gardeners have to water their plants every couple of days, if not every day. However, for those who have a busy schedule or need to travel often this can cause the plants to get dry and even die. With a self-watering container, they avoid that problem by simply adding water to the basin.
- There is no under or over watering: While with traditional watering knowing how much water the plants need is a guessing game, with self-watering planters, your plants only get as much moisture as they need.
- Nutrient retention: With traditional planters, the nutrients in the soil mix with water and slowly leak through the drainage holes. Self-watering containers come with a system that keeps any nutrients lost through drainage, which is transported back up to the plants.
- Water conservation: With conventional top watering, there is always water loss – due to drainage and/or evaporation. Plus, it usually takes more water to appropriately moisten soil that has been dried out. When you use a self-watering container, the amount of water loss due to evaporation is minimal and the soil is maintained at a constant moisture level.