Make Your Own Self-Watering Garden Pots

What You'll Need
Large plastic or glazed planter and drip saucer
Small terracotta planter
Epoxy gel
Potting soil

Planters and garden pots make a great addition to your outdoor space. In the summer’s busiest months, they require daily watering—even while you are on-the-go. End the problem of being tied to a watering schedule by creating your own self-watering pots. This will enable you to leave town for the weekend without worrying about coming home to dead plants. Here are the quick and easy directions to tell you how.

Step 1 – Choose your Pots

Go to any home and garden store and select 2 pots to make up your self-watering planter. The smaller terracotta pot needs to be able to fit easily and entirely inside of the other pot, leaving a gap of 1 to 2 inches around the edges. The larger pot should not have a drainage hole, while the terracotta one can.

Remember that the outer pot is the one that will be seen, so be sure to select something stylish that will fit nicely with your décor in the area that you will be placing it.  

Step 2 – Apply the Epoxy

Mix the epoxy glue. Apply a thick layer to the outside base of the small pot and the inside base of the large one. Place the smaller pot inside of the larger one and apply pressure. Leave the pot for 24 hours without handling it to allow it to dry.

This epoxy glue step can be skipped altogether if you prefer to purchase a terracotta pot with no drainage holes. However, these can be difficult to find, so choose the option that suits you best.

Step 3 – Test the Seal

Make sure the drainage hole from the terracotta pot is plugged up after the glue has dried. Test the seal by filling it with water. If you notice a leak, apply more epoxy and again wait 24 hours for it to dry before testing again. When there is no more leaking, proceed to Step 4.

Step 4 – Fill the Planter

Fill the inner pot with potting soil and the plants of your choice. Initially water your plant as you would any other plant to ensure a good transplant. Then fill the outer reservoir with water to allow for continuous irrigation as the water seeps through the terracotta pot.

Step 5 – Maintain the Water Level

Keep the water level full in the outer pot so that there is always constant irrigation to your plant.

It’s just that easy to create a self-watering pot that is as convenient as it is durable. You will still have to fill it with water now and again as the plant uses it, but not nearly at the same frequency as without a self-watering pot. Never forget to water your plants again with this simple and inexpensive creation that can make your life all the more carefree.