ISSUE 88  |  Take My Zucchini Please

Self-Watering Terracotta Planter by Joey Roth

September 02, 2013 1:00 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Good news for the slackers among us: a self-watering planter.

Designer Joey Roth’s self-watering terra cotta planter does require filling with water once in a while but that’s it. Plants are placed in soil in the outer doughnut-shaped chamber, and the center chamber is filled with water. The natural porosity of the unglazed terra cotta allows the water to move from the center chamber and into the soil, based on the soil’s moisture (regulated by the plant’s need for water). Joey Roth will be launching the planter at Dwell on Design. The planters are $45 at Joey Roth.

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Above: The terra cotta wall both regulates and filters the water.

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Above: A simple lid on the top of the water chamber prevents evaporation.

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Need a babysitter to water your plants while you’re out of town? See Water from a Stone.

N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published June 19, 2012.