- Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 36.8 x 36.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 476 g
- Item model number: E012-BONE
- ASIN: B001JYZSPS
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Dec 21 2012
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #432,881 in Home (See Top 100 in Home)
Apollo Plastics E012-BONE 12-Inch Self Watering Planter, Bone
- Unique wick system draws the moisture from the reservoir up into the soil, allowing the plant to feed at its own rate
- Polycotton wick will not rot
- Prevents root rot due to over watering
- Material is UV stabilized
- Made from highly durable virgin polypropylene
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Our unique wick system draws the moisture up into the soil, allowing the plant to feed at its' own rate. Excess moisture drains back into the reservoir, away from the root system (which helps prevent root rot).
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I like this pot because it's more vertically shaped from top to bottom, rather than the tapering to a narrow bottom like the Fisker type pots.
I only give this 4 stars because like a lot of other self watering pots, the hole at the bottom to water the pot is rather small. Fiskers pots have a bigger opening which is great, but it could still be better.
Most nozzles from a watering can that will fit into these self watering pots only hold a liter or two of water, so you have to make a few trips to water JUST ONE PLANT. That is unless you have a small pot.
Since I live in Colorado, I have a perpetual grow of cannabis and these pots work like a charm. But I spend about 30 to 40 minutes a day watering all of them. So, I have decided to keep my mother plants in these and go to a more convenient hydro system that I don't have to monitor every day or even several days.
Bottom line is that these pots are great if you have just a few of them. But if you want a lot of them, this may not be the best choice. It really just depends on what you're growing and how big the pot is. For an example, besides just growing cannabis I also grow most garden salad type plants, so a plant like a snow pea isn't going to suck you out of water and nutrients and if you grow 8 to 10 snow peas in this pot it will serve you well and you don't have to water them but maybe every 4 to 6 days. One cannabis plant in this will require daily watering or every other day.
Like I said before, these are great self watering pots, however, the hole to water them is fairly small and I've mostly found that only a 1 to 2 liter watering can has the small nozzle to water these pots. I have on occasion watered them half from the top and the other half from the bottom and that seems to work and does't take as long. But your mileage may very depending on your needs. Just make sure you have a plant that doesn't eat a gallon of water per day or more, eh?
And on a side note I should let you know that you CAN'T water these plants if you have the pot on the floor. There just isn't enough space to get the watering can into the little hole on the bottom of the pot. You have to have the pot at least a foot off the floor to water the plant without pouring water and nutrients all over the place. I also recommend a cheap saucer to put under the pot until you know exactly how much water your plants needs per day.
One good thing, is that you can stick your finger into the hole of the pot to see how much is filled up to and more if you need. But your finger is the only thing that will tell you if you need to water your plant or not. Obviously, you can see if your plant is over / under watered by the leaves on the plant, but your finger is going to make sure you never have to look at over or under watered plants.
If I had 4 to 5 of these, it would be my max for what I grow. What you grow will depend on your plants and the amount of time you want to spend watering them. And remember, a bigger pot doesn't mean less watering, it only means as your plant gets bigger it will take up more water and nutrients. AND as you get BIGGER pots, the watering hole DOESN'T get BIGGER, its the same size whatever gallon pot you get. So bigger pots just mean more trips to the faucet or wherever you get your water from.
So choose well, do your research on your plant and decide if these are a good fit for you. Buy one and check it out, it would probably cost less than the watering can you have to buy for it, lol...
Highly recommended though and I would buy this again.
After planting, you will need to water from the top once thoroughly to moisten the soil completely. This took me about 2 gallons of water over the course of a day. Wow! After that, as long as you don't let the reservoir go dry, you will never need to water from the top again. I am in dry Colorado growing an extremely large fern, and it has not lost a single leaf--so I'm quite sure it gets enough water. The person with the low-star review probably let the reservoir go empty and the soil go dry. This self watering pot works by capilary action, and perhaps that is less effective with dry soil.
I am so happy with this pot, that I want to repot all of my plants in them.
I think the problem is that the "strip" at the bottom provides inadequate water to the soil when a plant is growing in it, making it tempting to water from the top, which is not a good idea since there is no drainage at the bottom. The lack of drainage at the bottom makes putting this planter outdoors a disaster and I think results in too little aeration for the roots.
However, for my purposes, I like being able to remove the screen, so I can clean the reservoir at the end of the season, so I'm keeping these. I don't know why they glue them in at all.