About this item
- Round solid color planter brings functional style to your patio or garden
- Self-watering design allows for hassle-free maintenance and easy care
- Free-standing construction provides versatile styling, perfect for patios and entryways alike
- Has a built-in tray to retain water and a small port for easy watering with a hose or a narrow-spout watering can
Q: How does the self watering feature work? Does this need a wick or rope?
A: Actually, I have several that work like this. The roots do not have to be anywhere near the water reservoir. Dry dirt wicks the water up to the roots. Even without a plant all of the water will become and stay moistened, as long as you moisten beforehand one time to begin the wicking. As the dirt dries it brings it up by capillary action. Just as a paper towel held over water the pull the water up. If you let the reservoir dry out however, you'll have to water the entire thing again from the top for it to start again.submitted bySputnikBites - 3 years ago
A: Hi Kkees - We're glad you asked! This planter includes a built-in tray to retain water and a small port for easy watering with a hose or a narrow-spout watering can. When watering from the bottom, the plant draws up the water as needed, reducing the need to water as frequently. Thanks! - Juliesubmitted byJulie - 4 years agoTarget staff support
A: Best for plants which cant tolerate dry soil. only a bit of soil reaches into water and thats its wick. doesn't cause gnats, bringing in buggy soil does! try a drop of dish soap in water, above & below.submitted bySomebody - 9 months ago
A: I've had a plant in this pot for months and the water never absorbs into the plant from the bottom. I think you would need a wick or rope which isn't included.submitted bysnowski824 - 2 years ago
A: This is a poorly designed pot. Just wait till you try and get water in that silly hole at the bottom. If using a watering can it is so far down that the can spout is horizontal and pouring all over the floor before you are anywhere near the filling hole. The only use I can imagine it would be is outdoors with a hose. The fill point should be at the top - not the bottom.submitted byStephenD - 3 years ago
A: There is a lot of unhelpful advice in this thread, IMO. The Target support staff need to post some hard facts about how to best use a planter with the "self-watering" feature and what soil works too!submitted byDad101 - 9 months ago
A: Keep in mind, the plant needs to have been in the pot long enough to have grown roots down to the bottom. You'll need to water the plan as-normal (from the top) until this happens. I'm 2 months in and my plant still required to be watered from above, as the roots have not reach the bottom reservoir yet.submitted byBayDree - 3 years ago
A: The person who said the roots need to be reaching the bottom before you can utilize the self watering feature is completely wrong! They don’t understand that the roots get the water from the dirt and don’t have to directly touch or get close to the actual water reservoir. They must think that when you water a plant from above you put water directly on the roots and that’s how the plant drink but that’s not how it works! Roots get water and nutrients from the soil and this planter keeps the soil perfectly damp , just give it a good watering from above in the beginning of use and make sure your reservoir doesn’t dry out!submitted byamber - 3 years ago
Q: What does it mean that it is self watering? Would I need to remove the plant from the grower’s planter pot that it is currently in?
A: Place the pot in a sink/container with enough tepid water to cover the base of the planter, it will take what it needs.submitted byAlwaysQuestioning - 2 years ago
A: Hi - Great question. The planter is designed to input water at the bottom in the hole provided. When watering from the bottom, the plant is able to absorb the water as needed. Hope this helps! - Taylorsubmitted byTaylor - 4 years agoTarget staff support
A: The person who said the roots need to reach the bottom before you can utilize the self watering feature is completely wrong! The soil wicks up the water and the roots get their water from the soil, the roots don’t have to actually touch the water they get it from the soil. Just give the plants a good watering at the start of using this product and as long as you don’t let the reservoir dry out then the soil will stay perfectly damp. If it does dry out then just give the plants a good watering from above and refill the reservoir and all is well, doesn’t matter how long the roots are, this person just thinks that the roots have to physically touch the water or be close to it for some reason but no roots get their nutrients and water from the soil so you’re basically watering the soil not the plant, Although some plants like to get a nice mist on their leaves so you could still do that but it’s not a must.submitted byamber - 3 years ago
A: Keep in mind, the plant needs to have been in the pot long enough to have grown roots down to the bottom. You'll need to water the plant as-normal (from the top) until this happens. I'm 2 months in and my plant still required to be watered from above, as the roots have not reach the bottom reservoir yet.submitted byBayDree - 3 years ago
A: I believe you would have to repot. That is how the self-watering feature workssubmitted bydawomon - 4 years ago
Q: I have planted an ivy in it and watered from the top. Now there is water collected in the bottom portion and my ivy is turning brown. Does this water need to be dumped out? Is it not being absorbed from the bottom yet?
A: I had this issue with all my planters I solved it by putting a hole with my drill on the side of the planter. no more issues after and they retain water.submitted byAndre - 1 year ago
A: Hi Missy! Your ivy is over-watered and rotting. You can save it by letting it dry out. Stop watering from above. Only water from below, as is suggested, or, remove it and try a new pot!submitted byDad101 - 9 months ago
A: I would dump the water out. If the bottom stays wet for too long it can cause the roots to rot. That may be why your plant is turning brown.submitted byKat - 3 years ago
A: Hi Missy - Thanks for stopping by! We suggest consulting with a nursery for gardening tips. This planter includes a built-in tray to retain water and a small port for easy watering with a hose or a narrow-spout watering can. When watering from the bottom, the plant draws up the water as needed, reducing the need to water as frequently. I hope this helps! - Deesubmitted byDee - 3 years agoTarget staff support
Q: are these good for fiddle leaf fig trees? i got 1 in one of these pots.. wind can topple it over since its 7ft tall and top heavy
A: Hi whathefig - We appreciate you browsing Target for your potting needs. These plastic planters are relatively lightweight. I hope this helps. Thanks! - Philipsubmitted byPhilip - 3 years agoTarget staff support
A: You can put some pebbles or gravels at the bottom to add weight.submitted byJMa - 2 years ago
A: No way! Support your fig with something weightier.submitted byLaundress - 3 years ago
Q: Can the saucer be removed?
A: Yes it comes off. Has good drainagesubmitted bylil - 4 years ago
A: Yes, the bottom saucer comes off and then clicks back into place.submitted byNikki - 4 years ago
A: No it it connected as far as I can tell.submitted byJustmarg - 4 years ago
Q: Is the 16” pot big enough for a 5 foot tall Meyer lemon tree?
A: I’d recommend something with a more stable base. I have a 3’x3’ monstera planted in one. It’s not very heavy, but the pot over-turned when I slid it a few inches on hardwood floor. The pot is attractive and economical - but *VERY* lightweight.submitted byJD - 4 years ago
A: I’d suggest you check your plant’s roots, as well as the measurements of the pot it’s currently in. Plant’s heights aren’t always proportionate with their root system.submitted byLiz - 4 years ago
A: Hi Dakota4919 - We appreciate you shopping Target for your patio and garden needs. Please visit a nursery or consult with an arborist regarding planter depth for trees. Thanks! - Philipsubmitted byPhilip - 4 years agoTarget staff support
Q: Will sitting water in the reservoir become stagnant and sttract mosquitos?
A: should not pose a issue since its completely enclosedsubmitted byMJ - 8 months agoTarget staff support
A: yes it will, you need to put something like mosquito bits (B.T.) through the fill hole.submitted byJungleBoogie - 6 months ago
Q: Can you use this pot for planting Basil?
A: Should be able to. Mine has a 5 recycling code and I grew a dwarf tomato in it this summer.submitted bygabby98 - 2 years ago
A: Hello Mikka - Thank you for asking! This pot is great for floral or herb plants including Basil. It will be a lovely addition to your home! - Alexandriasubmitted byAlexandria - 2 years agoTarget staff support
Q: How do I remove the bottom?
A: Pull hard! I really had to yank mine. After looking at comments and YouTube videos, it looks like you wouldn't even need to open it, just fill it through the small hole in the side. I'm just starting mine today!submitted byKelly - 3 years ago
A: Hi New - That's a great question! Yes, the bottom saucer can be removed by dethatching and then clicks back into place. Hope this helps! - Patriciasubmitted byPatricia - 3 years agoTarget staff support
Q: What type of plants do you suggest for these?
A: Hi Han - Thanks for asking! You can use any type of plant that you would like. We hope this helps! - Jerithsubmitted byJerith - 4 years agoTarget staff support
A: Hey Han, If you are going to use the self watering feature you probably wouldn't want to plant succulents or cactus in this pot as they usually do better when soil drys out a bit and this keeps the soil most. It would be good for several ferns and house plants though! Hope that helps.submitted byJon - 4 years ago