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Self-Watering Planters: The Easier Way To Keep Your Plants Hydrated (And Thriving)

Love the idea of having a house full of plants – but not so great at knowing when to water them? We’ve uncovered an easy solution to keeping your foliage fully hydrated (with a lot less effort). And all it takes is a planter that does most of the work for you! Say hello to the smarter way to water. 

You no longer have to fret about over or underwatering.  A self-watering planter makes the task of watering practically foolproof. And we’ve found some of the most stylish options out there to give your houseplants the chance to really thrive!


Keep scrolling to learn exactly how self-watering planters work and shop 9 of our favorites (starting at just $3!)



We’ve got lots of other ideas to (easily) add greenery to your home. Check out: The 6 House Plants That Are Nearly Impossible To Kill (No Matter How Hard You Try) and Faux Plants: How To Use Them For Real Impact.



How Self-Watering Planters Work

So how exactly does a planter water all by itself? The answer couldn’t be much simpler! Instead of a traditional pot that you water directly onto the soil, a self-watering pot contains a reservoir that you fill with water. That water is then absorbed into the soil from below, allowing the plant itself to take in as much water as it needs. The plant will then continue to soak up the remaining water whenever it’s thirsty – and you can sit back and relax. Depending on the type of plant, the water could last 1-3 weeks (great for anyone who may be traveling too). But the best part is, you’ll never have to worry about over or underwatering again!



Want to create your own self-watering setup? Fill a  glass vase or bucket that is slightly larger than your pot. (Make sure the pot has a drainage hole and is not touching the bottom of the bucket to allow for water to sit). Then just place the pot in the container and let it water itself!

  1. What a great idea! I’ve had trouble keeping plants alive for years and I think this will really help. Love all you do Bobby!

    1. They really are a great idea! Thanks so much for your comment, Leanna. xx -B

  2. Do you think these would work for succulents as well? I don’t want to overwater them but sometimes I forget when i watered last and end up watering way too much.

    1. Yes, you could use these for succulents as well. Since they don’t require much water to begin with, you probably only need to fill a self-watering planter once a month. xx -B

  3. Thank you for all these great ideas Bobby. I’m definitely going to try this for a few of my houseplants! I’ve got three little ones and sometimes I just get too busy to water, so this is perfect for me.

    1. It’s a perfect solution for anyone who’s busy (but still wants to have lots of plants at home). Thanks for your comment. xx -B

  4. Seems an awesome idea to get rid of those annoying gnats that thrive every time the soil is too moist! Makes me wonder though how does it allow the plants to take as much water as they need without having wet roots?

    1. The roots do remain wet, and thats how the process of sub irrigation works. Check out this article to learn more about it! xx -B