Self-Watering Pots: Information About Containers That Water Themselves

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Self-Watering Pots: Information About Containers That Water Themselves

By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, Plant Scientist & Writer Self-watering pots are available from a number of stores and online retailers. You can also build your own using materials as simple as two five-gallon buckets, a piece of screen, and a length of tubing. Because they conserve water by allowing precise control of water usage, these are great containers for drought conditions. These low-maintenance containers are also helpful for people who travel often or who forget to water their plants. What are Self-Watering Containers? You can find self-watering containers in every size and shape imaginable, from large planters to small houseplant containers to window boxes. A self-watering container includes two chambers: one for the potting mix and plants and a second, typically underneath the first, which holds the water. The two chambers are separated by a screen or a piece of perforated plastic. Water wicks up from below into the potting

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