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12 Innovative DIY Self Watering Planters Ideas And Tutorials

 Learn how to make your own self watering planter with these innovative and creative ideas and helpful tutorials.

Most of the time home gardeners face a dilemma and that is how they would keep their plants fresh with water when they are not around or they’ve to water many times a day. Basically, the system holds water in the reservoir and it works with the phenomena of osmosis; when the soil is drying out, the water is drawn up again. It is also known as sub irritated planter systems.

Here are 12 easiest and simplest ways through which you can build your own self watering planters.

1: Self Watering Container Garden

To make this diy self watering planter you need wooden boxes, which have plastic boxes on the base. Also, with the main water container, preferably a drum, s small control box is fixed. It maintains the flow of the water to the wooden boxes. The connection between the reservoirs is maintained through the connectors and the pipes. It is simple yet effective ideas, and easy to learn too.

Self watering container

2: Homemade Wooden Planter:

This planter box is made from wood, so you need to get them cut either from professionals, or try doing it yourself; it won’t trouble you much. So, once you have wooden slabs, screw the side’s together and forms a box. Make the flooring, and notch the flooring to fit well. Once done, add the pond liner and reservoir pipes. At the top you can plant your desired vegetable or herb.

Homemade wooden planter

3: Upside Down Hanged Water System:

This system has 4 hanging planters and one water supply. Just under the planters there is a horizontal hose. You have to gather materials for planter and reservoir; also, some other materials are required to complete the system. After that, make the planters, hang them where you want to and insert plants. Once done, make the reservoir and attach them together. Get the instructions here

Upside down hanged water system

4: Standard Planter To Self Watering Planter:

Look for a plastic container and on its base add a smaller tube type bowl with perfect lid. Makes holes in it and also make hole to attach bottle to it. Pace it inside the plastic container and within the lids attach the cage. Get the instructions here

Standard planter to self watering planter

5: DIY Self Watering Tomato Cage Planter:

Look for a 5 gallon water bottle, and make some holes in that for soil aeration. Cut the same bottle in to 2, one would serve as water reservoir and other as soil container. Put a small mud bowl inside the smaller half, and place the bottle upside down on it. Add your cage and pour in the soil. See the detail here

Self watering Tomato cage planter

6: 2 Bucket DIY Self Watering Pots:

With the help of two big bucket and Styrofoam cup, which would be used as water reservoir, you can build a simple, yet effective sort of diy self watering system. It would with the mechanism as inside and outside system. Once you have all the materials and the tools, you would simply require no time in assembling it. For details and further information, you can have a look here.

2 bucket self watering pot

7: Foam Box Self Watering System:

In order to make this diy self watering planter, you will need:

  • A foam box with lid
  • PVC pipe
  • A saw
  • A pair of scissors
  • Stanley knife
  • Waterproof tape
  • Stick

Cut the lid in a way that you can cut the inner and make the sides as frame. Cut the PVC pipe and make it the size of the box. You can to cut three pieces of PVC further in shape of connectors and insert them on the sides and lid. Later, fill it up with soil or plants whatever you feel like.Get the instructions here

Foam box self watering system

8: Homemade Sub-Irrigated Planter:

Materials require for this homemade self watering planter are:

  • Plastic Tote
  • 1 inch PVC Pipe
  • 1 inch PVC Elbow Duct
  • Tape

Tools that are required include:

  • Scissors
  • Hack Saw
  • Knife Drill

This plan however requires working on smaller details, and might take duration up to one year for its completion.

Homemade sub-irrigated planter

9: Easy DIY Self Watering Planter:

The DIY of this self-watering planter involves making a double pot along with a water reservoir. The water system works in two folds, and protects it from excessive heat.

The steps in the process included are:

1: Look for two besting planters

2: Seal all the drainage holes

3: Place the pot in the place you want

4: You are ready to plant

Easy diy planter

10: Self Watering Container or Earth Box:

This type of plan would help in watering your plants for a few days. You can even use the container to put in any feed or fertilizer. You can either grow herbs of flowers that are purely your wish. However, the system works effectively and you get the edge to place it indoor, if you don’t have much space in garden area. Get the detail here

Self watering container or earth box

11: Simple Self-Watering Container:

This kind of plan works with a few simple steps, follow them to achieve the best results.

  • Make sure the wick is ready
  • Get the pipe and the drain hole done
  • Place and fill the wick
  • Place the water pipe and add the works
  • Add soil and plant
  • Add water and you are done

Get the instructions here

Simple watering container

12: Garden Self Watering Planter:

Look for two big containers, as one would be used as reservoir and other for planting. Also, you would need a deli container, which would be fixed inside the larger ones. By process to follow is quite simple and conventional, you can have details here:

Garden self watering container

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  1. Thanks for the great information! Looking forward to trying some of these ideas.

  2. Thank you for providing these techniques.
    Are they safe for the roots? It’s thought that drainage is compulsory for planting in pots.

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