14 Self-Watering Containers

Try out one of these stylish, functional planters that help reduce watering chores.

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Modern Art

A contemporary metal container with an enlarged base provides a clue that self-watering wizardry is at work. Self-watering metal containers should contain a plastic liner to hold soil and water. The benefit of having a full water reservoir beneath tall planters like this one is that the water weight helps prevent the pot from toppling. Look for self-watering containers at any retail outlet that sells pots and online from garden supply and outdoor decor retailers.

Water Me Less Window Box

Dress up your home with a window box featuring frost-resistant plastic. This beauty of a box conceals a reservoir that holds five quarts of water. An easy-fill tube includes a water-level indicator that makes it easy to know when the reservoir needs filling. A self-watering window box makes caring for classic window gardens a cinch.

Classic Beauty

Look for faux stone self-watering containers in a traditional urn shape, where the base provides an ideal water reservoir. Faux stone lookalikes blend stone aggregates with other materials, such as plastic resins or fiberglass. The resulting pot boasts the look of stone without the weight. Choose a faux stone resin planter if you garden in regions where winter brings frosty temperatures.

Carefree Deck Decor

A clever design blends form and function beautifully in this self-watering deck rail planter. The lower reaches of the planter hold a total of five quarts of water, keeping it handy for plant roots. Fill the reservoir at planting time. Refill by watering the container. An overflow drainage hole prevents soil from becoming waterlogged.

Hanging Basket How-To

Beautiful baskets start with self-watering containers. Few containers cry out for water as much as hanging baskets. Reduce your water chores by choosing baskets with built-in water reservoirs. With self-watering baskets, remember to use extra-sturdy hanging hardware to support the weight of the water supply.

Wooden Container Wow

Choose self-watering containers to slip into repurposed objects, like this antique wagon. A self-watering pot helps protect wood surfaces from the constant moisture of wet soil and makes changing plantings with the season a snap.

Old-Fashioned Charm

Sometimes old ways work the best. A simple saucer provides self-watering subirrigation for plants growing in this bin planter. A plastic footing ensures the bin doesn’t sit in water and develop soggy soil. Plant roots do the absorption in this self-watering set-up.

Self-Watering Conversion Kit

Look for a self-watering container conversion kit to fit your favorite containers. Most kits are versatile and slip easily into pots. The easiest-to-use conversion kits include a filling tube that allows you to pour water directly into the reservoir. A tube with a floating water-level indicator offers goof-proof watering.

DIY Self-Watering Container

Create your own self-watering containers by slipping a piece of polystyrene into the bottom of containers so that it leaves an air pocket that will become the water reservoir. Insert a piece of PVC pipe through the polystyrene to form a reservoir filling tube.

Colorful Tub Planters

Choose self-watering containers made from bright plastic to inject pops of color into your garden. If you can’t find a self-watering pot you like, transform a boldly tinted tub into a self-watering wonder using a conversion kit. For tubs this size (12 inches tall by 15 inches wide), aim to create a water reservoir that holds one gallon.

Water Wicking Container

Some self-watering containers rely on wicks to help shift water from the reservoir to dry soil and thirsty plant roots. This wicking action ensures that even young plants with undeveloped root systems will benefit from consistently moist soil. When choosing self-watering containers, always think about how easy it will be to get water into the filling tube. Small openings almost guarantee wasted water if you fill using a traditional large-spout garden watering can.

Fun and Practical Watering Signal

Take the guesswork out of watering by choosing self-watering containers with some type of water-level indicator. These indicators typically work based on floatation. When water is high, they float high and are easily visible. As the water level drops, the indicator disappears. This clever—and cute—self-watering pot features a squirrel water-level indicator. When you pour water in the branch to fill the reservoir, the squirrel pops up. When he retreats into the tree, it’s time to water.

Sleek Lines

This contemporary planter steals the spotlight with its good looks, and it will steal your heart with its easy-to-access reservoir. Just pour water into the base, and you’re ready to savor low-maintenance plants that don’t demand frequent watering.

Tall Drink of Water

Pedestal planters bring elegance and drama to porch, patio or planting bed by elevating plantings above the surrounding scene. The extra height provides the perfect place to stash a water reservoir. This planter features plastic that resembles wood—it definitely creates an ambience of gracious living.