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Self-watering pots are pots with a water reservoir in the bottom and a wicking system leading to a top pot that sits inside the reservoir. This allows water and humidity to constantly be at the root base of your plants.
There are a few plants that would not enjoy such conditions but today we wanted to talk about some beginner-friendly plants that would.
There are over 10 thousand fern species and not all of them will love moist humid conditions. There are some desert species that would definitely not be happy. However, there are many common ferns readily available that would thrive in such conditions. Ferns with smaller thinner foliage like Maidenhair Ferns are perfect. Also, ferns such as the Boston Fern with sword-shaped foliage tend to do well in such pots.
They like to have quite a bit of light to spread out and clump instead of getting tall and leggy. They also make fantastic terrarium plants and love higher humidity. Self-watering pots tend to have higher moisture and that makes these multicolored, thin-leaved, beauties fantastic and accessible care for self-watering pots.
They hate to dry out. So, they love a good self-watering pot. They also have fuzzy foliage. This means that when they are top watered the water will sit on the leaves and be trapped. This can cause a plethora of problems. From bacterial and fungal issues to pests, rot, and molds. It is always better to bottom water these plants and self-watering pots make that easy.
Also known as a Peacock Fern or Club Moss. They are neither a fern nor a moss but actually what’s known as a fern ally. They love their high humidity and like the others on this list; they do not enjoy drying out.
When they dry out they will have entire layers die off and grow new layers on top of the dead layer provided they are given enough moisture and humidity.
These plants are beautiful and grow very quickly in a self-watering pot.
There are a lot of plants encompassed in this specific category. Some of the most well-known plants include a Venus Fly Trap, Pitcher Plants, and Sundew.
Most of these are bog plants and would not mind if you ditched the wick altogether and just kept the bottom reservoir full to the brim of water. They are happy to sit in puddles and extremely damp soil for the long term. They also cannot survive in a dry environment for very long. For the best success, self-watering pots are recommended.
Indoor Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs
Surprisingly a large number of edible plants enjoy self-watering pots. Plants like tomatoes and basil enjoy all the water they can get.
There are many indoor gardening systems such as Click and Grow that utilize an amazing self-watering system so you can grow over 70 different kinds of plants. We are currently growing strawberries and lettuce in ours and love to check it daily.
Self-watering pots are an amazing way to grow edible plants with ease. Even herbs like chamomile thrive inside with self-watering pots.
If you are not using self-watering pots on your plants then you are missing out! They are fantastic for ease of care and thriving plants. An amazing tool and system for growing almost anything. This list was just the easy care plants that thrive effortlessly for even beginner plant parents in a self-watering pot. You can grow almost anything in these pots though.