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10 Easy Pieces: Self-Watering Planters

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10 Easy Pieces: Self-Watering Planters

March 21, 2018

Headed out of town? Dog sitter (check), house sitter (check), cat sitter (if necessary). But a plant sitter? No thank you. Instead, we’ve rounded up 10 stylish self-watering pots to keep your plants alive while you’re away.

Industrial designer Richard Carlson&#8
Above: Industrial designer Richard Carlson’s Mr Kitly Self Watering Planters made of BPA-free plastic are available in eight colors and several sizes at prices starting at $15 AUD at Herbert Flores.
An Eva Solo Self Watering Plant Pot in gray is $65 from John Lewis.
Above: An Eva Solo Self Watering Plant Pot in gray is $65 from John Lewis.
Also from Danish designer Eva Solo, a frosted glass Self-Watering Herb Pot has a wick to draw up moisture, into plants&#8
Above: Also from Danish designer Eva Solo, a frosted glass Self-Watering Herb Pot has a wick to draw up moisture, into plants’ roots; $58 at Amazon.
Made in Japan, a ceramic Sui Sui Self Watering Planter pulls up water into a white porcelain funnel that holds a plant; $34.55 from Lotus Mart.
Above: Made in Japan, a ceramic Sui Sui Self Watering Planter pulls up water into a white porcelain funnel that holds a plant; $34.55 from Lotus Mart.
A Tall Self Watering Planter by Chromo has an indented channel on one side of the pot to make it easy to pour water into the planter&#8
Above: A Tall Self Watering Planter by Chromo has an indented channel on one side of the pot to make it easy to pour water into the planter’s ceramic drip tray; $100 from Light & Ladder.
Says Brooklyn design collaborative Light & Ladder, “The planter stacks into the drip tray, drawing water through a single hole that extends into the reservoir. Additional drainage holes around the planter base offer aeration. The tray holds excess water, allowing the plant to draw water as needed.

For more, see An Irresistible Self-Watering Planter.

From Orthex, a trio of self-watering pots have hydro-felt mats to maintain moisture for roots. A measuring stick alerts you to add more water as necessary. A four-piece Self Watering Herb Pot Set comes with a tray plus three pots; $.99 from Clas Ohlson.
Above: From Orthex, a trio of self-watering pots have hydro-felt mats to maintain moisture for roots. A measuring stick alerts you to add more water as necessary. A four-piece Self Watering Herb Pot Set comes with a tray plus three pots; $24.99 from Clas Ohlson.
From Ikea, a Sötcitron self-watering plant pot is $loading=
Above: From Ikea, a Sötcitron self-watering plant pot is $12.99.
For larger plants, a self-watering resin Blow Planters from designer Stefano Giovannoni is available in five sizes at prices ranging from $5 to $loading=
Above: For larger plants, a self-watering resin Blow Planters from designer Stefano Giovannoni is available in five sizes at prices ranging from $145 to $1,725 (a size useful for a large potted tree) from 2 Modern.
It’s one of the best-kept Secrets of Brooklyn: Shop Outdoor Style from Landscape Designer Julie Farris.

A self-watering Pleated Planter from Toronto&#8
Above: A self-watering Pleated Planter from Toronto’s MSDS design practice has a wick to keep roots moist; $60 from Umbra Shift.
Sarah reports: &#8
Above: Sarah reports: “Designer Joey Roth’s Self Watering 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 terracotta allows the water to move from the center chamber and into the soil, based on the soil’s moisture.” Planters are available in several colors, including terracotta, shown; $50 at Joey Roth.
For more, see Self-Watering Terracotta Planter by Joey Roth.

See more planters for a terrace at 10 Easy Pieces: Black Balcony Box Style Planters.

For more growing and care tips, see our curated Houseplants 101 guides, and for the nitty-gritty on watering, don’t miss:

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