Using a Self-Watering Planter

Growing plants and vegetables in containers can help save on space, but itʼs also a smart alternative to climate, shade and time restrictions. Self-watering containers can help address these limitations by providing a consistent source of water to plants without over- or under-watering them. These low-maintenance planters are also ideal for indoor or outdoor use so you can extend your growing season to year-round.

How Self-Watering Planters Operate

A self-watering planter includes a water reservoir, or trench, that allows the plant to draw up water as needed. This also permits the roots of your plants to have access to moisture as long as the water level of the reservoir is maintained.
Because the water reservoir creates a shield from the sun and wind, the water evaporates at a slower rate. This system and planting environment also helps prevent fungus and disease, as the plants are fed directly through the roots.

Benefits of Self-Watering Planters

Aside from being low-maintenance, self-watering planters provide many other benefits, including:
Improved Root Growth: While healthy root growth requires deep, frequent watering, it can sometimes lead to over- or under-watering, which can cause root rot or stunt growth. Self-watering planters allow the plant to access the water it needs when it needs it.
Water Conservation: Because this system slowly releases water into the soil and roots, there is no excess water to drain off like there is when standard planting pots are over-watered.
Nutrient Retention: When using traditional watering methods, nutrients in the soil can drain away with excess water. However, an enclosed self-watering planter keeps nutrients within the soil.
As with all gardening endeavors, you'll still have to spend some time caring for and maintaining your plants. But by using self-watering planters, you'll be able to enjoy the benefits with far less effort.