Using Self-Watering Planters in the Garden

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Adequate watering is always a concern with container­-grown plants. Whether they’re located inside or outside, potted plants can dry out more quickly than plants in the ground.

Self­-watering planters take the worry out of container gardening by providing a regular supply of water to your plants. Self­-watering planters include a built­-in tray or reservoir beneath the plant container that holds water. Between waterings, the plant draws water from this tray. These systems are efficient because water in the tray stays out of sunlight and evaporates less easily.

Self­watering pots also help lessen the amount of water on your plants’ leaves, which can lead to rot. You may not think of it, but self-­watering systems also help avoid overwatering, which is a common mistake made by home gardeners.

You still have to water plants in self­watering pots, just less often. This is a huge help if you travel frequently or just have a busy schedule that makes it hard to water your plants daily. Self-­watering containers are also great for plants in hard­-to­-reach areas.

If you’re growing vegetables in pots, self­-watering containers can boost your yield by providing a consistent level of moisture.

As with regular pots, self­-watering containers come in a wide variety of materials, shapes and sizes, which means you can find pots to match any decor. Visit for planters and other gardening products.


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  • John Friend Says:
    June 3rd, 2018 at 9:17 pm,

    I love the self watering planters, but I’m guessing how to add fertilizer for the plants. I have just been adding it to the water it self, will this work to fertilize the plants or what is the correct method?
    thank you,

  • BArbara Wise Says:
    April 5th, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I love the Trudrop selfwatering planters from Crescent Garden. I’d love to hear if you’ve tried them.

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Using Self-Watering Planters in the Garden