The Basics Of Self Watering Containers

Self watering containers are becoming very popular among homeowners. Available in a wide range of styles, your will sure be able to find one that can meet your budget and personal preferences.

From super fancy, high-end planters to DIY watering containers, the advantages that self watering containers offer are numerous – regardless they design – and they may represent the most effective way to grow some particular plants and vegetables.

Self-watering Planter Box Schematic

Because self watering containers and planters provide a consistent level of moisture directly to the roots of the plants, they have a better ability to increase plant health and yield. Since one of the most common mistakes people make is to over-water their plants, with a well-designed self watering container, this is thing that won’t happen – the plants will get only the amount of water essential for their thrive.

If you are a person who is constantly traveling or are too busy to keep up with your plants watering needs, self watering containers can be the perfect solution for you. They are also a viable solution for those who have a spot to place the container, but that is difficult to water.

Self watering containers feature a water storage tank, generally at the bottom part of the container, which you fill with water. They also feature an overflow hole, so excess water easily drains away. The soil absorbs the water from the bottom (you need to keep the tank filled) while you plants get a regular level of moisture, brought directly to their roots.


With self watering containers, plant-watering are very efficient. And since the water is stored out of the sun, it evaporates gradually and there is less water loss than spraying water directly on the plants. There is also lower chances of fungus and disease development because the water is kept out off the plants’ leaves.

As mentioned before, self watering planters and containers comes in different types ranging from decorative to utilitarian styles. Utilitarian containers, also called ‘grow box’ are usually designed for vegetable container gardening and to boost yields. On the other hand, decorative containers usually feature sleek an modern design and can be found in awesome colours. Thanks to their unique irrigation system they can be used both indoors and outdoors. Although gorgeous, these containers tend to be more expansive. But they often have the quality to match their price.

It is important to mention that there are some specific plants, flowers and herbs that are not suitable for self water containers. So, research your plants’ requirements before planting them in self watering containers.

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