While gardening and growing plants, vegetables and herbs have a range of incredible health and wellness benefits, the regular maintenance of trimming, watering and feeding can become cumbersome. The responsibility of growing plants is not to be taken lightly – and as so many indoor plants die without regular maintenance and without the right environment, it can be hard to stay away from home for too long.
However, self-watering planters are now becoming more commonplace, giving you anywhere up to twelve weeks at a time of maintenance-free plant growth, without compromising on healthy plant growth.
From tiny desktop planters to large, oval-shaped pots, self-watering planters now come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colour options to suit you. With minimal changes in design compared to traditional planters and whether you’re growing succulents and herbs indoors or creating a vibrant display outdoors, it’s important to make the right choice for you.
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Below, we take a look at our best picks for self-watering planters – looking at inner pots, dimensions, versatility and the suitability for plants and indoor/outdoor use alike. All with one common theme: low-maintenance and low-effort plant care, while giving your plants the best possible environment to breathe and grow.
A beautiful resin self-watering planter with several handy features
Our top pick for self-watering planters, the Lechuza Balconera Resin Planter is perfect for indoor and outdoor use alike. Ideal for balconies, windowsills and as a window box, it comes in three modern colour choices: granite, white and mocha.
Available in two dimensions – 19cm x 50cm x 19cm or 19cm x 80cm x 19cm – the Lechuza comes with two removable planter liners, a useful water level indicator and plant substrate to support healthy plant growth. Unlike traditional planters, the drainage holes in the Balconera are in the inner pots, forming a gap for the water to be stored and taken by the plants as they need it, without dripping all over the floor!
This self-watering planter from Lechuza is made with poly-resin and a modern wicker-style design, and its sleek design doesn’t detract from the beautiful plants and flowers grown within. Not only is it UV-resistant, but you can wait up to 12 weeks between watering, and the handy (and included!) water level indicator ensures that you’ll add water when your plants need it – saving from overwatering or causing root rot.
Another handy feature is that the inner pots are removable. So, once your planter is secured to your balcony or window box, you can re-pot your plants without taking the whole thing down from the brackets. However, the only downside of this pick is that the brackets for hanging aren’t included in the pack, so these will need to be bought separately for those who want to hang it.
- Comes with plant substrate and a handy water level indicator
- Made from UV-resistant material, perfect for outdoor use
- Removable plant liners make it easy to re-pot
- Wait up to twelve weeks between watering
- A modern and sleek design with several colour choices.
- Brackets not included.
A 6-pack of self-watering pots for the ultimate in cohesion
Our value pick for self-watering planters, this pot planter from T4U is ideal for aloe, herbs, succulents and indoor planting.
Not only does it come with a multi-hole design on the inside for low-maintenance plant care, but the design comes with a small water level window to let you know when to top up. And, because of the gap between the inner and outer pot, your plants and their roots will have plenty of room to grow and breathe.
The best part of the T4U is that you don’t just get one for the price – it comes in a matching set of 6! With a white/beige pot colour, it comes with several colours for the rim including brown, orange and green. It also comes with a dedicated water inlet, perfect for watering over the weeks without all the mess and drips.
One key thing to note is that although the pots themselves are 16.5cm x 16.5cm by 18cm, the inner pot is a little smaller, so 16.5cm plants won’t fit – these planters are suitable for 10-13cm plants in height.
- Modern design in a matching pack of 6
- Perfect for small plants, succulents and windowsill planting
- Beige colour with a mix of colours on the rim
- A visual water-level window for low-effort plant maintenance.
- The size of the inner pot means you’ll want to consider your requirements before buying
- Only suitable for small plants.
3 modern egg-shell shaped planters, perfect for hanging around the home
If you’re looking for something to hang rather than to sit on a shelf or windowsill, the Sungmor trio of self-watering hanging planters is ideal! Their modern colour, shape and secure hanging mechanism add a focal point to your interior and enhance the beauty of your plants.
Their shape and colour make them ideal for vibrant green plants, allowing for trailing house plants and potted succulents alike. With breathable drain holes, inner pots and their durable materials, the 3-pack from Sungmor are perfect for use as a trio, or to plant around the house.
With easy assembly, the total length of the wire for hanging is 77cm. The diameter of the outer pot is 19cm and the inner 15cm. In terms of self-watering, these hanging planters come with a cotton string that absorbs the water as required, and you’ll only need to water these once a week or so.
- 3 hanging planters in the same design
- Comes with strong wire for hanging
- Cotton string for effective water absorption
- Ideal for small trailing plants and succulents.
- Not the biggest of planters
- Not as suitable for outdoor use as others on the list.
A trio of self-watering pots, ideal for tabletop use at home or work
If you’re looking for a self-watering pot for your desk, look no further than the choices from Mkouo. With a set of three, these self-watering pots are ideal for herbs and plants alike.
For the Mkouo, the mechanism works similarly to the rest of the planters on this list. With a smaller inner pot to facilitate the plant, a gap is left between the inner and outer pot for water storage, and a cotton rope is used to help the plants absorb the water.
Available in medium and large size options, the medium comes in at a dimension of 13.2cm x 12.7cm x 13.7cm, making this choice one of the smallest on the list. With up to ten days of water storage, you can wait for over a week between watering – ideal for holidays and trips away.
One big drawback of this option is that the inner pot is significantly smaller than the outer pot – and the outer pot is already quite small. Realistically, the inner pot is about half the size of the outer, so be mindful of this when purchasing with certain plants in mind.
- Perfect for tabletop use
- A modern design with an efficient self-watering system
- Contrasting inner and outer pot colours
- Up to 10 days of water storage – although some plants are thirstier than others!
- A set of three matching in style and colour.
- The inner pot is quite small compared to the outer
- Quite small, one of the smallest options available.
A premium-style mini planter with a high gloss finish
Small in size, the Mini Deltini from Lucheza is one of the most unique options on the list. With four high-gloss colour options – charcoal, scarlet red, shiny taupe and white – the Mini comes at a total size of 10.2cm x 12.7cm x 12.7cm.
With drainage holes in the inner pot, the water is stored in the gap between the two pots, allowing the roots to absorb water as required. With a handy water indicator – as with all the options from Lucheza’s range – you can wait up to 12 weeks between watering! Ideal for extended trips away.
It also comes with plant substrate, which helps to store the water and releases nutrients to the plants as and when they need it. It also stabilises the pH of the water, and inhibits mould growth without creating an environment for pests to thrive – the ultimate add-on for easy, low-maintenance planting.
- Comes in a range of colours with a high-gloss finish
- Up to twelve weeks between watering
- Includes plant substrate and a water level indicator
- Ideal for indoor planting.
- Plants may quickly outgrow this due to the Mini’s small size and small inner pot.
A trio of rectangular pots with visual water level indicators
The second on the list by T4U, this trio of Orange Rectangular Pots are perfect to complement the previous self-watering pot planters on this list, or on their own. In a larger size and width of 26.7cm x 12.1cm x 14cm, these rectangular planters make a beautiful addition to the home.
While we’re talking specifically about the orange option here, this design also comes in brown, green and ‘mixed’ which gives you one each of the three colours as the set of 3.
With the T4U visual water level indicator, you can wait 1-2 weeks between watering, and it comes with a wider cotton rope for better absorption due to its larger size.
One slightly odd comment about this option is that it doesn’t come with instructions and you’ll need to thread the cotton wick yourself which may be confusing for first-timers!
- Ideal for balconies, interiors and window sills
- Comes in a range or combination of colour options
- Handy visual water level indicator window on each
- Leave between 1-2 weeks between watering
- Doesn’t come with assembly instructions.
A large self-watering planter, perfect for indoor and outdoor use alike
The third on our list from self-watering planter experts Lechuza is the Cubeta. Available in stone grey, sand beige and graphite black, this planter comes in two size options: 30cm depth and 13cm height, or 40cm depth and 18cm height.
Its size is perfect for plants that need to sprawl and breathe, and its oval shape is ideal for creating beautiful plant arrangements. The Cubeta is made from durable materials that are UV-resistant, frost-proof and weather-proof, making it one of the most versatile options on the list: perfect for indoor and outdoor use alike.
As with all from the Lechuza range, the Cubeta comes with plant substrate included and a water level indicator to help you monitor when a water top-up is needed. At an overall weight of 1.1kg, this is one of the heavier and larger self-watering planters on the list, making it perfect for bigger plants without all the hassle.
- A bigger size, perfect for larger plants and long-term use
- Up to twelve weeks between watering
- Includes plant substrate and a water level indicator
- Ideal for outdoor use: frost-proof, weather-proof and UV-resistant.
- Its unusual shape might be difficult to particularly tall plants.