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Are you searching for a simple solution for keeping your plants healthy? By using self-watering planters, you do not have to worry about regular watering. You simply fill the self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and your plants take care of the rest – remaining hydrated weeks at a time, depending on weather conditions.
Thanks to this easy-to-use container irrigation setup, you no longer need a green thumb to maintain your plant life. Read on to learn how to make DIY self-watering planters for residential or commercial use.
What is a Self-Watering Reservoir?
As the name implies, self-watering reservoirs for window boxes and planters allow your plants to absorb water as needed. They are essentially plastic containers with a tube extending from the top.
You can find them in a wide selection of sizes and shapes, to accommodate any planter. This includes our 36x8x3-inch rectangular self-watering reservoir, which fits rectangular planters. For a large square planter, we have a 24x24x3-inch reservoir – along with dozens of other options, including custom reservoirs to fit your planter.
In this educational container gardening video, Claire covers how to make any window box planter self-watering in just minutes. Click to watch or shop planter box reservoirs online.
How Do You Use Self-Watering Planters?
Self-watering planters are incredibly easy to use. They also ensure that your plants do not receive too much or too little water. You just need to choose the right size. Plants will wick moisture from the surrounding 9 inches of soil, depending on the plan and planter size. So, your reservoir should be no more than 18-inches shorter than the length of your planter, again proportional relative to size.
There are just 3 steps to using your reservoir to keep your plants hydrated:
Step 1 – Arranging Your Reservoir
First, you place a thin layer of gravel along the bottom of your planter. This will help provide drainage in the event that you add too much water. Top off the gravel with an inch or two of soil. You then set your reservoir on top of the gravel and soil layers. The included fill tube
Step 2 – Adding Soil and Plants
With your reservoir in place, you can begin adding soil. As you add soil, tamp it down, while avoiding packing too firmly. Make sure that you allow the reservoir tube to extend from the surface of your soil.
Once you add soil, you can add plants as usual. You can hide the tube, but you should ensure that you can still easily pour water into it.
Step 3 – Fill Your Reservoir with Water
The final step is to fill your reservoir with water. Pour water until you can see water in the tube. Through capillary action, your plants will absorb as much water as they need. You no longer have to deal with over or under-watering.
Generally, a full reservoir should keep your plants hydrated for up to 2 weeks. This makes PlanterWell reservoirs great for residential and commercial use. Conserve water and keep plants hydrated as needed while reducing maintenance time and increasing curb appeal with beautiful containers.
You should be able to tell when the reservoir is empty by looking through the watering tube. Shining a light down the tube could help with this process. Much like you check the oil levels of your vehicle you can also use a dowel to measure water levels. You should refill your reservoir in the mornings before the plants begin to receive their sunlight for the day for best results.
Simplify Your Plant Care with Water Reservoirs
Caring for plants is not always easy. You may forget to water them regularly or you may not have the time to keep your plants watered. For this reason, many turn to the best-kept secret in container gardening – self-watering reservoirs.
If you want to simplify the way you care for your plants, then consider using self-watering planters. You can start with a self-watering reservoir DIY project or purchase any of our durable pre-made reservoirs.
You can easily add a self-watering system to any of your existing residential or commercial planters. Browse our selection of planter reservoirs to create your own self-watering garden.
Summer is on its way and this means it is almost time to start planning outdoor cookouts, graduation parties, summer weddings, and other fun outdoor events. As you plan your party on the patio, learn how to select and arrange planters that will complement the theme of your party. Choose the perfect plant arrangement for a outdoor wedding or family barbeque. Also learn about the benefits of using self-watering planters to keep your flowers and plants looking vibrant and fresh throughout the summer. Get ready to party on the patio with planters.
Picking Flowers to Complement Your Theme
Plan the perfect patio party by selecting flowers that will complement the theme of your party. Your first step is to choose flowers based on color and appearance. Think about the theme of your party. Are you planning an outdoor wedding reception? Ivory or purple roses are always a good choice. Roses also come in a wide variety of colors that you can choose from to match the colors used in the wedding. Planning a Fourth of July party? Consider getting red petunias or roses and combining with white lilies and blue hydrangeas. When choosing flowers, start by thinking about the colors and themes being used for your party. Then shop your local greenery for matching flowers and plants.
Choosing the Right Flower Planters
Pick flower boxes or outdoor planters that will best showcase the appeal of your flowers and plants. Think about the flowers you are using and the theme of your party. Fiberglass and resin planters can provide a traditional look, that is great for weddings or formal events. Metal and iron garden planters could also work well for a formal event and include a variety of modern designs that can act as a conversation starter.
If you are worried about the constant care required to keep your flowers healthy, then think about using self-watering planters. Our cottage-weave mocha self-watering planters have a natural wicker look to match your patio furniture. If you are limited in space, a self-watering window box lets you bring flowers to eye-level and off the ground. Self-watering planters and window boxes let you focus on the party instead of caring for your plants.
Arranging Your Outdoor Planters for Patios
Now that you have chosen which flowers and outdoor planters you intend to use to decorate for your party, it is time to consider how to arrange your planters. Your outdoor planters can be used to accent areas along your patio. Use a pair of Promenade tall patio planters to create an entry point for guests. Arrange smaller planters near a buffet table to draw people’s attention towards the food. Carefully consider where you want to place your planters and use them to highlight specific features or locations around your patio or yard. Your guests will naturally be drawn to the bright, vibrant colors of the flowers that you use.
Choosing the right plants and flower arrangements to go along with your patio party is not difficult. Think about the theme of your party and pick plant life accordingly. Browse our selection of self-watering planters and other outdoor planters for patios to keep your plant healthy all season long.
Water is not always a free-flowing resource, especially as we look for new forms of conservation and ways to limit our impact on the environment. Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure you do not waste water while keeping your plants healthy. Whether you have difficulty keeping your plants watered or want to learn new ways to help the environment, the use of self-watering planters will be beneficial. Keep reading to learn more about self-watering reservoirs and how to begin conserving water to do your part for the environment this Earth Day.
How to Choose a Planter Reservoir
When choosing a planter reservoir, pick from a range of sizes to fit your existing planter or contact us for custom sizes and orders, including planter reservoirs for window boxes, planter boxes, and even hanging baskets. No matter what type of plant you want to grow, you can make any container self-watering by adding one of our quality water reservoirs.
Setting Up a Self-Watering Reservoir
In order for your planter to properly disperse water, follow our instructions for using a planter well self-watering reservoir and look over some of the sizes we have available. This is something that any homeowner can do and setting up your self-watering planter is not a complicated task. In addition to window boxes, we also have a range of options for those wanting flowerpot reservoir inserts.
If you need to utilize a hanging basket for your plants, we have you covered. We have two separate options for your hanging plants – choose from a fiberglass hanging basket insert, which is a perfect match for our coconut coir basket liners, and a hanging basket planter reservoir. Both are easy to install and simple to refill.
We also have square self-watering systems for square containers and large rounded reservoirs for larger planters. These reservoirs are installed in the same manner as the other water systems and over time you will discover that they offer a great return on investment.
Yet another solution for saving water and the time needed to refill your reservoir is the use of a rain catcher. These large water reservoirs can collect rain run-off from your downspouts, making the entire process hassle-free.
Save Time and Money
Having a planter reservoir can help you save time and money by limiting the amount of work needed to care for your plants on a regular basis and helping you conserve water. In some areas, recent droughts have led to water rationing and an increase in water utility rates. Save water in the garden and time needed to care for plants. As a bonus, conserving water is a great step towards limiting your use of natural resources and helping out the environment.
For any type of plant life, you can save water, time, and money, by using a planter reservoir. To start saving water while caring for your plant life, visit our website and take a look at our self-watering reservoirs for window boxes, planters, and hanging baskets. For custom sizes and order, feel free to contact us any time.