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These are the Best Self Watering Planters

Keeping your houseplants healthy is hard. Plants can die for a variety of reasons, surprisingly being over watered is the number one reason houseplants die off. Of course, there are a plethora of other issues, such as fungus gnats, root rot, not getting enough water, too much light etc. We like trying to reduce as many variables as possible to make plant care easy. 


Although there are many great self watering systems, We love the Modern Botanical Self watering planter as they grow in water, without soil. This reduces a number of variables and you won't have to deal with excess water, fungus gnats and just takes the guesswork out of plant care. For people that are looking for a convenient way to display houseplants, this is just the thing. 


Who benefits the most from self watering planters?

  • People with lots of plants
  • People who travel a lot
  • Those with hectic schedules
  • People who love the look and feel of houseplants, but want it to be simple.
  • People that forget about their plants sometimes.


What is a Self Watering Planter?

The best self watering planters are containers that have a water level indicator that allows them to know how much water is needed and water plants automatically. This is usually done by using a wick system, where the water is drawn up from a reservoir at the bottom of the pot and into the soil. This is a great option for those who are forgetful or busy, as it takes care of watering your plants for you. Self watering planters also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, hanging baskets with a water level indicator and even including plant pots with a water reservoir designed for outdoor use, so you can find a planter that will fit perfectly in your space.



Pros and Cons of Self Watering Planters

A self watering planter makes plant care much simpler than regular plant pots for your indoor plants. Effectiveness may vary based on your independent needs. They help you know how much water to fill, so there are mostly benefits, however there are a few cons you'll want to be aware of.


Pros of self watering planters

A self watering planter offers a variety of benefits, first off; it's convenient and and will make the routine for your house plants much simpler. It reduces the likelihood of plants being under watered, you don't need to worry about checking your plants regularly. They have indoor planters and many self watering planters are great outdoor as well. 



Cons of self watering planters

Unfortunately, even the best self watering planters also have a few drawbacks. One of the drawbacks is that they they are more expensive then a traditional plant pot, however it's totally worth the cost if you don't need to keep re-buying new house plants that have died. Another con is that certain plants that need very moist soil struggle as the bottom-up watering system doesn't keep the soil moist like it would if you watered them with a watering can. The other drawback is if you are in a high humid area, it doesn't know the humidify level and may add excess water which can lead to root rot. 

How do Self Watering Planters Work?

Traditional Self watering planters work by using a wick system, where the water is drawn up from a reservoir at the bottom of the self watering pot and into the soil.It normally has drainage holes so the self watering planter will keep your potting soil moist and the plants roots healthy. This is a great option for those who are forgetful or busy, as it takes care of watering your plants for you. Self watering planters also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can find a planter that will fit perfectly in your space. There are sturdy containers designed for outdoor use with water level indicators and planter systems to bring water to the roots. 

Growing Houseplants in Water - Our Favorite Self Watering System.

Our favorite self watering planters are the modern botanical plant frames. They use a different system than most self watering planters. They are designed to display that grow plants in water, so they don't need a wick. They are beautiful handmade frames that house a vase you fill with water that the plants grow in. Most plants can grow in water (see list here), small plants, larger houseplants and the plant care simply consists of topping off the water (with the occasional nutrientsif needed.) We love that you can see the plant's roots through the water reservoir, it's fun to see the roots grow and acts as a water indicator so you don't end up under watering. It's also makes it really easy to check in and prevent root rot. On top of that, since there is no soil you'll never have to deal with fungus gnats.



Self Watering Planters vs Self Watering Pots

Self watering planters and pots are both designed to water plants automatically, but they use different methods to do so. A self watering planter uses a wick system to draw water up from a water reservoir at the bottom of the pot and into the soil, while self watering pots have a built-in water meter that tells you when the plants need water. Both methods are effective at keeping your plants hydrated, but some people prefer a self watering pot, others a self watering planter. They have a huge variety of styles, planter box, terracotta planter, hanging planters and even hanging baskets in three sizes designed with the appropriate indoor systems to have the right water level with drainage holes, but a system so excess water collects and doesn't drip down. Overall, the best budget self watering planters are the ones that fit your space and lifestyle the best.


Why we Love Growing in Water

As we mentioned in beginning, the best way to simplify plant care is to reduce the amount of variables. You definitely want a self watering planter and a system that makes it simple, but even the majority of the most expensive self watering planter systems and use traditional soil. Soil can lead to fungus gnats, has a higher likelihood of root rot and is a bit more difficult to deal with unless you're a master gardener. Growing in water is simple, it entails checking your water every week or two, topping off as needed and the occasional fresh water change and nutrients. With just a few minutes a week, you can have gorgeous houseplants throughout your home.


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Modern Botanical Self Watering Planters


Modern Botanical handcrafts beautiful wooden propagation frames that are designed to grow plants in water for years. They use large vases with enable the plants to thrive and the craftmanship on the woodwork is unparalleled. Check them out if you are looking for an easy way to have plants on your wall. They can be ordered with the plants as well, so you can have everything you need to upgrade your space.


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