Self-watering planters are an excellent idea for those who cherish their outdoor plants but often find themselves caught in the whirlwind of modern life. These ingenious devices are designed to provide a consistent water supply to your outdoor plants, ensuring they remain hydrated and thrive, even without regular manual watering. Self-watering planters bring peace of mind to garden enthusiasts, knowing their beloved green companions are well taken care of when they are on holiday or want to put their feet up in the evening.
The advantages of self-watering planters are invaluable for those who frequently travel, go away for the weekend, or are swamped with the demands of daily life; these small to large outdoor plant pots are a smart system you won't be able to live without once it's set up. Whether it's a spontaneous trip or the occasional forgetfulness, these planters ensure your plants remain vibrant and healthy, eliminating the worry of returning home to wilted or parched flowers or produce.
From simple reservoir-based systems to advanced wick-based mechanisms, there's a self-watering planter tailored to every need. Self-watering planters work using a process known as capillary action. In all self-watering planters is a compartment containing a water reservoir where plants can draw up water. As the plant's roots absorb this water, the moisture in the soil will be kept at a consistent level as water is released from the plant's leaves, and then more water is drawn up by the roots to replace it.
Best self watering planters at a glance:
• Best self-watering planter for herbs: Cole & Mason H105349 Burwell Self-Watering – View on Amazon UK
• Best tall self-watering planter: Abram Self-Watering Tall Planter Box – View on Wayfair
• Best for balconies: Lechuza BALCONERA – View on Amazon UK
So let's get into it. From minimalist designs to outdoor plant stands, these planters will ensure your plants receive the care they deserve, irrespective of your schedule.
Best self-watering planter for herbs
There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs, and with the Cole & Mason Self-Watering
- Designed to keep fresh herbs alive for longer.
- Comes with 12 hydro-felt pads for extended use.
- 2-year warranty coverage.
- Limited to holding three pots of specific diameter.
- Requires regular pad replacement.
Best multifunctional hanging planter
With their self-absorbing design, these hanging flower pots ensure your plants are always
- Multifunctional design is suitable for hydroponics or soil cultivation.
- Strong hanging buckle chain
- Elegant honeycomb-inspired design.
- Size may not be suitable for larger plants.
Best tall self-watering planter
This tall planter box is made in Canada from high-grade polypropylene. The planter promises
- Chic tall design
- Made of high-grade polypropylene, it is resistant to weather-related issues.
- 5-year warranty against weather-related splitting and cracking.
- Requires space due to its tall design.
Best for balconies
This BALCONERA Self Watering Planter will be a great addition to your space if you have a balcony
- Integrated original Lechuza watering system.
- It is made of high-quality, UV and weather-resistant plastic.
- Available in various colours and sizes.
- Best for balconies or railings
Best aesthetic self-watering planter
The Lechuza PURO Color 20 is where design meets functionality. Its spherical form, both robust and
- Robust surface suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
- It comes with a self-watering system and water level indicator.
- Includes planting instructions
- Limited to specific plant sizes
Best indoor self-watering kit
This Scandinavian-inspired indoor herb garden kit is contemporary and powered by smart technology.
- Comes with three types of plant pods for immediate use.
- Growth Guarantee ensures replacement for non-germinating pods.
- Sleek design and three colours
- Best under some form of shelter
- Requires electricity for the grow light
Best sustainable self-watering planter
In collaboration with the Eden Project, LSA International offers up their Canopy range.
- Made of sustainably manufactured mouthblown recycled glass.
- Inspired by the Eden project's focus on sustainability.
- Comes with a sustainably sourced removable cork bung.
- Glass design may be fragile.
Best self watering tower
This grow pot tower is perfect for tomatoes, peppers, and more. Crafted from recycled, BPA-free
- Ideal for a variety of plants, including tomatoes and peppers.
- Made from recycled BPA-free plastic.
- Features a unique float indicator for water level checking.
- Space is required
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Ellen Kinsey is a senior health and wellness product writer for Modern Gardens, specialising in sustainable living and health. She lives and breathes all things natural health, cooking and nature.