Houseplants forum: African violet self-watering pots

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 2, 2017 12:28 PM CST
I found one of those little self-watering African violet pots for really cheap at the thrift store today.

I don't really want to put an African violet in it so I'm curious if there are any other house plants that would particularly benefit from that kind of watering?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 3, 2017 8:50 PM CST
I have tried those pots. The unglazed ceramic sits in the bigger round glazed one? I am not thrilled with them. I am not sure the inner pot can shed excess water if it needs to, or really allow moisture in when needs to. Easy enough to test though, try the empty pots and see what happens with water in the inner pot, or the outer pot...
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 3, 2017 9:14 PM CST
I have some of those pots my Grandmother made many years ago. I have african violets in them, and they always grow well with no problems. I do put AV food in the water.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 3, 2017 10:42 PM CST
Thanks, y'all. I wonder if I could put a tiny succulent in it, since they don't need watered very often.
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plantmanager
Jan 3, 2017 11:30 PM CST
The ones I'm using keep the violets wetter than would be good for a succulent. Other pots might let in less water. I haven't had any others.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 3, 2017 11:41 PM CST
Hmm. I am at work now. Tomorrow if I remember I will take a picture. I wonder if it's possible to drain a (second) hole in the pot without breaking it?
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Jan 4, 2017 6:29 AM CST
plantmanager- do you keep the outer pot part filled, or how do you use it? I was never sure how you're supposed to use them.
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Carter
Jan 4, 2017 9:27 AM CST
I'm not sure how a succulent would do since they would want to be the drier side - or would at least want to dry out somewhat between waterings. These type pots are intended to keep a more consistent level of soil moisture. AVs do well in these pots as long as you make sure that the soil is porous enough, which generally just means adding a little extra perlite. Also, depending upon the size of the pot, I put about 1/4" to 1/2" of perlite in the bottom of the plant pot as well. I don't know if that is necessary or not, its just something I do.

As for what kind of plant, any type of plant that likes consistently moist soil, can handle indoor conditions, and stays fairly small should work fine. The "big box" type hardware stores (as well as grocery store florist departments) often carry a selection of 2" to 4" potted houseplants. Not all of these plants stay that small long term, tho.
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Jan 5, 2017 7:42 AM CST
I can barely believe it, but I did remember.
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