Follow Up Care for Self-Watering Planters

19 Apr

I hope everyone is seeing success with their plantings… There are sprouts in my shishito peppers and my tomato (or ground cherry) planters. Nothing happening yet with the sweet peppers…

Here are some tips for home care of your sub-irrigated planters.

1. (At home) Remove and fill the bottom reservoir cup with about 2-3 inches of water. For one time only, water plant from the top to allow soil and wick to settle. Wick should dangle into liquid to allow soil to “suck up” the water while plant “self water” itself.


2. Place in full sun or sunny windowsill.  

3. Add water to bottom cup every 2-3 days. It is OK to spritz soil from the top, but “watering” should be done via the reservoir in the bottom of the planter.

4.  If you need to add soil, use organic potting soil. Most of the plants won’t be ready for transplant until late May or June.

5. Ask questions if you have any! Post a message here or send a note to




One Response to “Follow Up Care for Self-Watering Planters”

  1. Rehoboth April 19, 2022 at 11:59 PM #

    Nice post

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