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Tuesday Tools & Products: Self-Watering Planters Print E-mail
Written by Heleigh Bostwick    Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Self watering planters

They may not be made from recycled materials (in fact most are not) but self-watering planters will save you time and conserve water. Self-watering planters are planters that contain a reservoir designed to hold water for a period of time, generally a 7 to 10 days. Simply fill the reservoir with water and leave it alone.

One advantage of using self-watering planters is that it's almost impossible to over water your plants because of the built-in reservoir and channels that enable water to move up into the soil as the soil becomes dry.

Most planters are about 14 to 16 inches high and hold around 0.5 cubic feet or 14 quarts of soil with a built-in one-gallon water reservoir. They're made from UV-resistant polypropylene resin material that holds up to the elements and doesn't fade or crack. And because they're made from resin they are lightweight and easy to move around.

Self-watering planters are available in several colors and styles. Some are more architectural and sculptural in form while others are more classical in style or even utilitarian. While most look like traditional flowerpots some are designed to sit on top of a 4 to 6 inch fence rail. These are referred to as self-watering deck and rail planters.

Photo source: www.cleanairgardening.com