A Flower Pot for All Seasons: Self Watering Containers

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A Flower Pot for All Seasons

By rocklady
August 13, 2014

It is a chore to keep plants in pots watered and looking nice during the hot summers as well as through the winter. I have found self-watering pots to be useful in helping me without a lot of work on my part. (I'm basically lazy.)

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Aug 12, 2014 6:33 PM CST
Jean,

Where did you get yours? I've seen different ones offered at Gardeners Supply and have thought about (off and on) getting some, but never did.

How long have you had them?

Great idea! Thumbs up

Do you have these in AR or FL?
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Name: Speedie
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speediebean
Aug 13, 2014 4:04 AM CST
Jean, what a great little article, and I love your combo containers! I never would have thought of that combination, but it sure works wonderfully for you. Hurray!

I bought my first self-watering container when I got a hanging combo planter for myself for Mother's Day this year. (my beloved co-worker put it together for me, it simply was a "Must Have"!). I LOVE that thing!! (oh, sorry... I should clarify - I work at a nursery/garden center). I think I've had to water the lovelies in that pot maybe once a month or so since Mother's Day. They really are a God-send to us "lazy gardeners".
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Marilyn, if you have the chance to get one or 2 (or more, heehee), I highly recommend them, they are very helpful!! Thumbs up

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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Aug 13, 2014 5:57 AM CST
Lazy or not, these are great. All you have to do is miss one watering in a pot and you get crispy critters. And what if you go on vacation or travel in your job? These and the crystals are great inventions Hurray!
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 13, 2014 6:55 AM CST
I grow a lot of plants in these containers and I definitely agree with Jeanie.
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Aug 13, 2014 7:27 AM CST
@Marilyn I'm not sure where I purchased the containers but they are here in AR, so I probably got them at Lowe's. They have to endure the hot summer here in AR and I only have to water them a couple of times during our hottest and driest month, which is July. Although July was not as hot and wetter than usual this year, I still had to do minimal watering.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Aug 13, 2014 9:09 AM CST
Thanks Jean & everyone else! I tip my hat to you. Y'all have been very helpful! Maybe I should get some next year. Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Aug 13, 2014 9:24 AM CST
As many things as your grow, Marilyn, I think you would be very happy with them. Here, Walmart and Home Depot also have them as well as Lowe's.
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Marilyn
Aug 13, 2014 9:38 AM CST
Thanks Tee! I tip my hat to you.

Can these type of containers be left outside all winter, including the plant, soil and any water left in it?
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Aug 13, 2014 11:10 AM CST
@Marilyn Mine have set outside for several years. Probably will have to redo them sometime, but for now, everything had been fine.
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Name: Speedie
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speediebean
Aug 13, 2014 11:21 AM CST
Thank you for that info Jean, I'd been wondering if I should empty mine out and bring it inside over the winter. Thank You!
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tarev
Aug 13, 2014 11:21 AM CST
I keep some of my spider plants there and they thrive so well, any season.

But if you are planting succulents, during the warm season, it is okay, during the colder season, and if it rains a lot, I would pop out the base, to allow water to drain, otherwise, succulents will rot.

I always find these containers at Walmart too.
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Marilyn
Aug 13, 2014 12:12 PM CST
Thanks @Jean and @Tarev! I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Aug 13, 2014 12:41 PM CST
Marilyn said:Thanks Tee! I tip my hat to you.

Can these type of containers be left outside all winter, including the plant, soil and any water left in it?


Well, I tip them a bit and empty the reservoirs as best I can, but mine do stay outside.
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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Aug 13, 2014 2:09 PM CST
@Tee I tip mine if they seem to have a lot of water still stored in them, and so far they've been fine.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Aug 13, 2014 2:19 PM CST
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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Aug 13, 2014 9:24 PM CST
I can just see self watering containers here in Winter with chunk(s) of ice inside. Hilarious! (no tipping)

Thanks Tee and Jean! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Aug 15, 2014 6:15 AM CST
Marilyn said:I can just see self watering containers here in Winter with chunk(s) of ice inside. Hilarious! (no tipping)

Thanks Tee and Jean! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up


Not even acorns??? Hilarious!

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Name: Jean
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rocklady
Aug 15, 2014 7:36 AM CST
@SongofJoy Acorns are okay! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Aug 15, 2014 7:38 AM CST
Gotta tip those acorns. nodding
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Name: Speedie
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speediebean
Aug 15, 2014 5:53 PM CST
Can I chuck my acorns at the squirrels that are leaving them in my pots?? Whistling Hilarious!
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