If you currently have houseplants, or have ever had them in the past, you know that they can bring a lot of peace, calm, and relaxation to your environment. Some plants, however can require a lot of time and work for the benefits they provide. When growing herbs and vegetables this can start to turn into a full-time job if you let it. What’s the best way to provide your environment with that extra pick-me-up that only foliage can provide? A plant in a self-watering container, the Dunnrite Perfect Pot!
Why a Self-Watering Container?
Plants are usually fairly easy to grow, but they do still require regular watering and maintenance. If you are busy or just forgetful sometimes, this can cause your plants to suffer the consequences. It's always a sad day when the plant you've been nurturing and helping to grow over time gets droopy and starts dropping leaves.
Even if you don’t have a problem with forgetting to water your plants, it still takes time to do so - particularly once you start having a lot of them. Having a self-watering container will help cut down on watering time tremendously, and free that time up for you to enjoy nature’s bounty while you relax. Sometimes after a long day you don’t necessarily want to spend an hour watering, weeding, and trimming your plants before you can enjoy them.
Additionally, it is better for your plants to have a regular watering schedule. It’s natural to want your plants to be healthy and productive, and making sure they have all the water they need to grow and thrive is one of the important keys to keeping them that way. If you travel a lot and are away from home frequently, the Dunnrite Perfect Planter is a great way to make sure that your plant stays healthy while you're away without having to have someone come by and water it every day.
Benefits of Nature
Have you heard of the Japanese practice of ”Forest Bathing”? Popularized in the 1980’s, it is considered a cornerstone of preventative care and healing in Japanese medicine. Simply put, there are health benefits to being in and around nature. The more natural plant life you spend time around, the better.
Air purity is one of the benefits provided by plant life, particularly converting carbon dioxide to usable oxygen that we breathe. In addition, individual plants have a small impact on airborne particulate matter, which can definitely add up. Airborne particulate matter and other types of indoor air pollution are on the rise, and any steps that you can take to help reduce this in your own home can go a long way toward making you breathe easier.
Another surprising benefit to spending time in and around plant life and soil is elevation of mood and mental well-being which can make all the difference when you’re trying to relax after a hard day or week. Studies have shown that the effects of this can last as long as three weeks after spending just a few hours surrounded by natural flora and fauna.
If you’re growing food plants, such as tomatoes or other vegetables, water is a major concern to keep them healthy and growing! Did you know that world-record pumpkins can consume up to 100 gallons of water a day? Your backyard tomato plant probably won’t need quite that much, but it is still good to make sure that your edible plants have ready access to the water they need as they grow.
If you’re growing flowers, having a Perfect Pot can help you maintain the right conditions and environment for them so that they grow to be healthy and colorful. Flowers need special soil sometimes, so it’s also a good idea to check their specific needs before potting them. You may also wish to use a fertilizer designed for the type of flower you are growing, it can be a good idea to look into the recommendations for your individual plant and biome.
For plants that aren’t native to your area, having a container is a must! If you have plants that don’t handle cold well, you can bring them inside during freezes and keep them alive. This is also helpful for plants that might spread if planted directly in the ground, like rhizomatic bamboo or some other popular ornamentals. In many areas, it can be illegal to plant anything that could potentially become an invasive species directly into the ground, so planting in a container is a great alternative to checking your local zoning regulations.
One system for maintaining and regulating water to your plants is to use active hydroponics setups to pump water in and around the root system of the plant. The first method to receive popular attention was developed by NASA in the 1960’s, based on earlier research from the 1920’s and 30’s. An active hydroponics system truly allows for a masterful amount of control over nutrients, water levels, and other plant growth factors, however it usually requires a lot of investment of time and money to get a system that works well.
Ollas are an ancient method of watering plants in drought-prone areas. They are simply containers made from unfinished terra cotta which are buried in the ground and then filled with water. The containers are then sealed with a lid, and the water seeps out through the unglazed pottery walls and into the surrounding soil. While not as popular with the advent of modern systems due to them being fragile and requiring some regular attention, they are still used in some particularly drought-prone places.
Flood and drain systems are a hybrid between active hydroponic systems and more passive watering systems. Simply put, the water doesn’t circulate around the roots constantly but instead “floods” them, with the excess water “draining” from the system. They tend to be larger systems, and while effective they can lead to buildups of fertilizer salts in the water which can cause sensitive plants to develop problems.
Expense and Attention
Cost is one of the major reasons why more people don’t utilize active hydroponics systems in their home gardening systems. These systems are expensive to install, and expensive to maintain, as well as taking up a decent amount of room.
In addition, as much as you save time with automation, there is still a good amount of maintenance and regular checking required to have a properly functioning hydroponic system, or flood and drain setup. Ollas are relatively low maintenance but can be fragile, and are rarely if ever used in small spaces.
Finally, none of the other systems mentioned here are much to look at from an aesthetic perspective. Even commercial systems tend to be designed with a focus on function, rather than form. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your backyard, patio, balcony, or the interior of your home, you may not want an industrial machine sitting in the corner. Even if the plants are decorative on their own, it can leave something to be desired when it comes to the presentation!
Types of Plants That Do Well With Self-Watering Planters
For perennials, Hostas are a popular choice for self-watering planters. They are easy to grow and attractive, with variegated, colorful leaves. They do well even in low light levels. Another popular perennial plant that thrives in a self-watering container is the Japanese Iris. They produce large flowers which are showy and colorful.Lobelia and Snowy Meadowfoam are both excellent choices for annuals to plant in a self-watering container. Both are easy to grow but require a decent amount of water and moist soil - not a problem with the Dunnrite Perfect Pot. Just put your plant into the soil, fill up the pot’s reservoir using our easy clip-on funnel, and then apply the cover. After that you’re ready to go, and your plant is ready to grow.
Other types of plants you can grow in a self-watering container include cherry tomatoes, carrots, cilantro, and peace lilies. Their success will be limited by the size of the container asd well as the levels of light they receive, so remember to prune them accordingly, particularly with tomato plants. Don’t forget that climbing plants will often require a trellis or some other sort of structure to grow on, tomatoes in particular require a cage or trellis so that they don’t fall over under the weight of their own fruit.
The Dunnrite Perfect Pot can be used anywhere that is not exposed to rain. It holds up to 1.5 gallons of water, which means your plants can go up to 2 months without watering, depending on the variety of plant. If you’re someone who travels or just doesn’t want to have to constantly worry about watering your plants, it’s perfect for you. It also comes with a hidden cover that is easily removed, providing you with a clip-in funnel for easy refilling.
The bottom has a special “airstone” filter that slowly releases water from the reservoir in the sidewalls and bottom of the planter, giving your plant a regulated and steady water supply over a long period of time without flooding the roots all at once and killing the plant. We have developed this system in house and tested it thoroughly to make certain that we are providing what we believe is the best self-watering container at an affordable price.
For most plants in a self-watering container, you will want to use a loose soil that allows for proper drainage in order to prevent root-rot. Usually a mix of sandy soil and potting soil will work for the majority of houseplants, as long as they get appropriate light and are kept away from freezing temperatures. Be sure to research your particular plant type to make sure, however, as some needs may vary. Using a commercial potting soil mix designed for your particular plant is often the best choice, since they are usually free of weed seeds and pests that could otherwise cause problems in your container. If you want to retain even more moisture, consider adding a thin layer of mulch over the top of the soil to help prevent evaporation, however with the Dunnrite Perfect Pot you should be well taken care of even without this extra step.
Check the recommendations for your type of plant. Many plants thrive in shade, however there are a large number of plants that need direct or partial sunlight. If you have indoor plants that need a lot of light, consider putting them near a window that gets a lot of light exposure, or even picking up a small plant light. Depending on your biome you may want to check with your local agricultural extension to see if they have any suggestions about the type of plant you’re growing. Remember to bring your plant in if it looks like rain, however, since with the Dunnrite Perfect Pot they won’t be needing the extra water in order to thrive.
If you love growing plants, or even if you are just curious about trying your hand at growing something, it's hard to go wrong with the Dunnrite Perfect Pot. Our design has been exhaustively tested and refined to bring you the self-watering planter that we believe is the best in class, as well as stylish and affordable. Growing in a container like this means no need to weed or treat the area for pests, and far less risk of wildlife deciding that your plants are a tasty treat just for them to snack on. Plus, it’s great for people who are on the go or not always at home to water the plants. Order one today, and you'll be happy you did.