Having plants in your surroundings has many benefits for your physical and mental health and this plays a vital role for the improvement of the overall quality of urban life. But growing them in an urban environment with limited plantable space available and often not so very healthy soil can be really challenging if you don’t have the right equipment.
Today we have the technology to grow plants in the vacuum of space and we can easily do the same in the middle of our concrete urban areas. With the functionality and flexibility of modern plant pots beautifying your immediate surrounding has never been easier.
Yes, I know gardening can be a hustle if you are a busy person and also lack green thumbs. This is why self watering planters are the perfect solution for a busy urban lifestyle. These modern plant pots have a number of benefits and here is a list of those that are most worth mentioning.
Retaining Nutrients in the Soil
With a conventional container, as you continuously water the plant, the nutrients in the soil slowly get washed away along with the excess water through the drain holes. Because of this you will constantly need to add organic matter if you want to keep the nutrient levels of the soul steady. With the closed system of self watering plants, however, you water the plants normally (or with and automatic irrigation system) and the nutrients remain trapped inside the container because the excess water doesn’t leave the planter, instead, it gets collected in the reservoir at the bottom of the planter.
This feature of self-watering planters is especially important in places with dry climates. Only a small fraction of water evaporates from the soils and this occurs mainly when you are manually watering the plants directly from above. The water in the reservoir can’t evaporate due to the dense layer of soil covering it. This means that your plants can go on for days without any watering action. This also reduces the amount of water used for maintaining a healthy growing environment.
Thanks to the low water consumption self-watering planters require less attention on your behalf and if you combine them with and automated irrigation system you will never have to worry about forgetting to water your plants.
Encouraging Healthy Root Growth
Self-watering planters enable consistent watering at every level of the container. This eliminates the risks of water stagnation and the roots rotting, but also promotes healthy deep root systems.