|Blumat||Stakes with Reservoir||Very convenient||Up to you||**|
|Modern Innovations||Terracotta Stakes||Medium||750ML||***|
|Master Craft||Plastic Stakes||Medium||Max 2L||**|
|Mike Pups||Plastic Bulbs||Low||65ML / 268ML||**|
|Ontel||Glass Bulbs||Low||1/2 Cup||***|
|Moisten Land||Electronic Stakes||High||Up to you||**|
|Window Garden||Self Watering Planter||Medium||2 Cups||***|
What are self watering systems for potted/indoor plants and how do they work
Self watering systems are basically just a device that supplies a certain amount of water to your potted plants, over a certain period of time.They are mostly used by people when they go on vacation and want to ensure that their plants get enough water while they’re away, but there’s also an increasing amount of people who opt for self watering systems on a daily basis, due to their hectic work/life schedule.
What are the different types of self watering systems?
The variety of self watering systems for potted plants is actually surprisingly broad, ranging from automatic irrigation systems to clay spikes, and from self watering pots to glass bowls that you fill with water.
Below I have highlighted the best self watering systems for potted plants from each category, to help you better figure out which one suits your needs the best.
Best Quality Self watering system for indoor plants:
So far, the best quality self watering system for indoor plants that I have come across is the one from Blumat. The cone stakes are made of a special kind of ceramic terra cotta, which allows for just the right amount of water to be supplied to your plant. The kit comes with 5-20 cone stakes (depending on which one you choose), which you put into the soil of your plant. The caps for the stakes supply the water through a tube, which you place in a water reservoir. The water supply is adjusted by changing the elevation of the water reservoir, and relying on gravity to work its magic.
Read a more in-depth review of the Blumat self watering stakes here.
The Blumat self watering system is extremely easy to use, made of good quality materials and won’t oversupply your plants with water, even if you connect the tubes to a very large water reservoir. Because of this, you can safely leave your plant babies on their own while you go away on vacation, and rest assured that they’ll be just as fine when you get home, as they were when you left. [Blumat self watering stakes here]
These terracotta stakes are a great solution if you just want something that works straight out of the box. They work with both indoor and outdoor plants, and all you need to get started is a bottle with a neck that is long enough for the terra cotta stake.
These terracotta stakes supply a good amount of water to your plants without adding too much; on top of that they’re inexpensive and work straight out of the box, as long as you have a bottle at hand.
So if ease of use is what you’re after, then these are just what you’re looking for. [Self Watering Terracotta Stakes]
Using a 2L bottle have a tendency of making the stakes a bit wobbly, so a 1L bottle is recommended, unless you have a way of supporting the 2L one.
These are cheap ,convenient and easy to modify with an awl or other pointy object, so if you need to increase the size of the holes, then that is easily achievable too. [Master Craft Plant Watering Spikes]
The spike part of the bulb usually gets clogged up by soil when you remove it. If this happens, all you have to do is push the soil into the bulb, let it dissolve in the water and then rinse it out.
These are cheap and simple to use, so if you only need to leave your plants alone for a few days, then these might be the ideal solution for you. [Self watering plastic bulbs for potted indoor plants]
All in all, if it is important for you that the water supply system that you’re using looks good on top of fulfilling its intended purpose, then these might just be what you’re looking for. [Self watering glass bulbs for potted indoor plants]
The kit is quite comprehensive and takes a little while to set up, however once you’ve done that you can rest assured that your plants will be in safe hands for the next month.
Some of the main pros of using this automatic watering system as opposed to the analog ones are the timely watering intervals, and the notification system which lets you know when the water supply is low, so you can refill it before it’s too late.
It’s powered by 4 AA batteries and micro-USB, which makes it flexible as you can choose whatever power source you prefer.
So if automation and reliability is what you’re after, then I think this might be the watering system for you. [Automatic Drip Irrigation Kit for potted/indoor plants]
All in all, a super easy and simple solution, without too many moving parts.
I’ve linked a version below, which even comes with its own soil - all you do is add hot water and the soil “swells up” to its proper size. It doesn’t get much simpler than that… which is why is why we recommend self watering planter pots for people who just want something what works! [Self watering planter pots]
DIY or Store Bought self watering system for your potted plants
Obviously there are pros and cons to both DIY and store bought self watering systems for potted plants, the obvious ones being time and money.
Going the DIY route
Making a self watering system yourself can be a fun cheap hobby project, but on the flipside this requires you to spend time making something that might not hold up, if you aren’t the best on making things yourself.
Buying a self watering system for your plants online or in a store
This option is most likely going to be quickers, as you don’t need to spend time building anything on your own. All you have to do is open up the box, hook up the system (if it’s electric)/fill the container with water and you’re good to go.
The obvious con of this option is the cost, which varies depending on which type of product you buy.
In the end it comes down to the age old “time-value of money” question - especially if you aren’t the type of person who likes DIYing things like this; if you don’t mind spending a few hours building the system yourself, then DIY is the way to go. If you DO mind spending time, but don’t mend sacrificing a few bucks, then buying a self watering system is going to be the better option. If you want to save yourself the hassle of going to a store to pick one up, then Amazon has a lot of great options (as previously covered in this post) that are worth checking out.