Self Watering Planters and Pots Gardener’s Supply 2023

Self Watering Planters and Pots Gardener’s Supply 2023

Irrigation or drip irrigation is a very efficient method for applying water and nutrients to crops. Conversion from sprinkler irrigation to drip irrigation can reduce water consumption by 50 percent. Crop yields can be increased through better water and fertility management and disease and weed pressure reduction. When drip irrigation is used with polyethylene mulch, profits can grow even more.

These benefits are only possible when a drip irrigation system is appropriately designed, managed, and maintained. Irrigation system design is complex and beyond the scope of this publication. You should consult a qualified agricultural engineer or irrigation equipment dealer to create your drip irrigation system.

 However, by being aware of the various design factors, you can help ensure that your Drip Irrigation System is designed and operated correctly. System components, basic design principles, practical applications, and operating guidelines are detailed in this publication.

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Advantages of drip irrigation

  1. Smaller volume water sources can be used because drip irrigation may require less than half the water needed for sprinkler irrigation.
  2. Lower levels of operating pressures mean lower energy costs for pumping.
  3. By supplying more precise amounts of water to plants, high water use efficiency is achieved.
  4. Because the plant foliage gets less wet, disease pressure can be lower.
  5. Generally, labor and operating costs are lower and extensive automation is possible.
  6. Water applications are made directly to the root zone of plants. No inter-row applications or other non-productive areas are made, resulting in better weed control and significant water savings.
  7. Field operations, such as harvesting, can continue during irrigation because the areas between the rows remain dry.
  8. Fertilizers can be applied efficiently through the drip system.
  9. Irrigation can be done under a wide range of field conditions.
  10. Compared with sprinkler irrigation, soil erosion and nutrient leaching can be reduced.

Disadvantages and limitations of drip irrigation

  1. Initial investment costs per acre can be higher than other irrigation options.
  2. Administration requirements are somewhat higher. Delaying critical operating decisions can cause irreversible damage to crops.
  3. Frost protection is not possible with drip systems; if necessary, sprinkler systems should be used.
  4. Rodents, insects, and human damage to drip lines are potential sources of leaks.
  5. The filtration of the water is necessary to avoid clogging the small holes of the emitters.
  6. The distribution of water in the soil is restricted compared to sprinkler irrigation.

Because vegetables are generally planted in rows, drip tape with pre-punched holes is used to get a continuous strip across the row. Most vegetables are only grown for one season, so thin wall (8 to 10 mil thick) disposable tape is generally used for one season only. Less emphasis is placed on the buried main and sub-main lines so the system can be dismantled and moved from season to season.

Costs can be high, so a functional system must be developed that allows maximum production with minimum costs. You can purchase a complete system from a drip irrigation dealer or retrofit your components. Proper system design will help you avoid problems later on.

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Irrigation water can come from wells, ponds, lakes, rivers, streams, or municipal water providers. Groundwater is pretty clean and may only require a screen filter or disc filter to remove particles that can clog emitters. However, a water quality test should be carried out to check for residues or other contaminants before installing a drip system.

 Surface water from streams and ponds contains bacteria, algae, and different aquatic life, making it necessary to use more expensive sand filters. Municipal water providers will generally provide water quality test results, making it easier to spot potential problems. Nevertheless,

How you bring these components together for your application and the options you choose will depend on the size of the system, the water source, the crop, and the degree of automation you desire.

Distribution system

Distribution from the main line to the field: An underground polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe or above-ground aluminum pipe is used to distribute the water from its source (pump, filtration system, etc.) to the sub-line main (headline).

The main irrigation line with a mesh filter, pressure regulator, manometer, and water meter is connected to the sub-main line.

Sub-mainline (headers): It is common to use a “flat” vinyl hose (polyethylene tube) as a sub-mainline (header line).

 This hose is solid and durable and lays flat when not used so that equipment can be driven on it. Layflat hose, connectors, and feed tubes are collected after each growing season and stored until the following year. Since polyethylene pipe is somewhat stiff, it does not roll up quickly at the end of the season.

Drip Lines: Two basic types of drip lines are used for commercial vegetable production, with turbulent flow drip tape being the most commonly used. This polyethylene product is thin-walled, crumbles when not pressurized, and has emitters molded into its seam during manufacturing.

Drip tapes are used at pressures ranging from 6 to 15 psi. Drip tubes with internally attached emitters are an alternative to turbulent flow drip tapes. Products with in-line emitters or internally connected emitters tend to be more expensive but often have better water distribution uniformity and better resistance to clogging.

It is essential to know the drip line’s water flow rate, emitter spacing, wall thickness, diameter, and pressure-compensating capability. The water flow rate is typically specified in gallons per minute per 100 feet of tape (GPM/100 feet) or by the emission rate of a single emitter in gallons per hour (mph). Flow rate tapes typically range from 0.2 to 1.0 GPM per 100 feet.

 Belts with flow rates of around 0.5 GPM are often used for vegetable production. Maturing vegetables grown in the northeastern United States requires two to three hours of irrigation during hot summer days using a 0.5 GPM per 100-foot tape.

Emitter spacing refers to the distance between emitters along the drip line. For vegetables, emitter distances of 8 to 16 inches are expected. In very sandy soils, a closer distance may be necessary to ensure adequate water distribution. 

However, shorter separations between emitters result in higher emission rates. Higher emission rates increase the system flow rate and require a larger pump and tube size, leading to higher overall system costs. An emitter spacing of 12 inches works well in many soils and is very common in the northeastern United States.

Drip tape wall thickness is specified in thousandths of an inch (1 thousandth of an inch = 1/1000th of an inch). Manufacturers produce drip tape with wall thicknesses ranging from 4 to 25 mils. Selection of wall thickness should be based on user experience, the number of seasons a product will be used, and the potential for damage from insects, animals, and machinery. 

Inexperienced users who need a one-season product should start with 10-mil tape to minimize the stretching and tearing commonly experienced when first learning installation procedures. Experienced users using single-season videos often prefer eight mil products.

A drip line installed on the ground surface is more likely to be damaged by birds, animals, and insects than one buried 1 to 3 inches in a bed covered with plastic mulch. Buried lines cannot be moved in a flowerbed either.

 Drip lines installed on the ground surface can move as a result of wind and the expansion and contraction of the polyethylene. These drip lines on the soil surface are also prone to damage from tractors and foot traffic. Although drip tubes can be reused, commercial vegetable growers rarely reuse them. Reusing drip tape is an environmentally sound practice, but the cost of recovery, storage, and repair are high.

The diameter of the drip tape is essential when considering system design and is chosen based on how long the row is. The length of the row directly affects both the speed of flow through the belt and the pressure drop in the belt. A 5/8-inch diameter tape is the industry standard and is common where rows range from 300 to 600 feet. For rows from 600 to 1,500 feet, 7/8-inch diameter tapes are available. As with wall thickness, the cost of the video is proportional to the diameter of the tape.

Pressure compensation refers to the ability of a drip line to maintain a specified emission rate over a range of pressures. A pressure-compensating line emits water at the same flow rate over various strains. A compensation line not under pressure emits water at a rate that increases linearly with pressure. 

Commonly used drip lines fall between and are called partial pressure compensation lines. For example, many drip lines will experience a 10 percent increase in emission rate when pressure is increased by 20 percent. Drip tubes with internally attached emitters are fully pressure compensated but are more complicated to manufacture and are more expensive.

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The cost of drip lines varies with diameter, wall thickness, emitter design, and pressure compensation capability. Turbulent flow tapes (5/8-inch diameter) with a wall thickness of 8 mils cost $1.50 to $2.50 per 100 feet (about $175 to $250 per acre). Tubes with internally connected emitters and 8-mil wall thickness range from $2.50 to $4.00 per 100 feet.


Filters are essential to the operation of a drip system. Many devices and management techniques are available for cleaning water for irrigation. Depending on the water source, settling ponds, self-cleaning devices that use suction, sand separators, filter media, screen filters, and disc filters are used with drip irrigation systems. 

 Keeping a drip system free of debris is critical because most clogs disable the system beyond repair. Filter media, mesh filters, and disc filters are characterized by the size of the holes through which water passes in the filter element. The size of the filter mesh specifies the size of the openings. The mesh size is inversely related to the size of the filter openings. 

For example, a 200 mesh filter will capture smaller particles than a 100 mesh filter. For most drip tapes, 150 to 200 mesh filtration is required. For clog-resistant tubing containing internally connected emitters, a filtration mesh of 100 is sufficient.

Sedimentation ponds use gravity to allow particles to settle to the bottom of the pond. However, other techniques are more suitable and practical since sedimentation is not efficient for the elimination of suspended matter.

 Although sand-sized particles settle in seconds, silt and clay-sized particles can take hours, weeks, or months to resolve. Ponds also contain aquatic life that often contributes to clogging problems. Filter media and mesh or disc filters are preferred to remove biological material in water.

The location of the suction valve is an important decision as it affects the quality of the water entering the filtration system. Ideally, the valve should be located some distance from the pond’s edge, 1 to 2 feet below the pond’s surface. Attaching the suction pipe valve to the bottom of a 55-gallon sealed drum partially filled with water can serve as a self-adjusting depth regulating valve. 

However, it is often impractical to place the valve far from shore. Weeds and algae are often attracted to the valve near the edge of the pond. A self-cleaning suction device can reduce the number of weeds and algae attracted to the system. 

This device has a rotating barrel-shaped mesh basket around the suction pipe valve. A pressurized water return line from the irrigation system sprays water against the inside of the screened basket, cleaning the basket and forcing weeds and algae away from the valve.

Sand filter, pump, and fertigation unit.

Sand separators are sometimes used in front of filter media, disc, or mesh filters. These devices separate sand and heavy particles by causing revolutions in the water passing through them. Sand separators must be sized for the flow rate to function correctly and not remove silt or clay-sized material.

Filter media are the most commonly used filters in commercial vegetable production. 

These range from 14 to 48 inches in diameter and are usually installed in pairs. Filter media are expensive, heavy, and oversized but can clean poor-quality water at high flow rates. In a filter media, 12 to 16 inches of media (sand or crushed rock) acts as a three-dimensional filter agent, trapping particles within the top two inches of media. 

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As the media fills with particles, the pressure drop across the media tank increases, forcing the water through fewer and smaller channels. It will eventually disable a filter medium, requiring clean water from one tank to be piped back through the dirty tank to clean media. This “backwash” requires exact flow rates for the media to “dance” and be thoroughly cleaned. Large commercial-size filters require electronic controls and hydraulic valves to direct the water. 

Typically, the pressure drop in a clean media tank is 2-3 psi. When the pressure differential across the filter media reaches a certain level, typically 5 to 8 psi higher than when the tanks are clean, it is time to clean the filters. Large commercial-size filters require electronic controls and hydraulic valves to direct the water.

 Typically, the pressure drop in a clean media tank is 2-3 psi. When the pressure differential across the filter media reaches a certain level, typically 5 to 8 psi higher than when the tanks are clean, it is time to clean the filters. Large commercial-size filters require electronic controls and hydraulic valves to direct the water.

Typically, the pressure drop in a clean media tank is 2-3 psi. When the pressure differential across the filter media reaches a certain level, typically 5 to 8 psi higher than when the tanks are clean, it is time to clean the filters. self watering planters

Screen filters are widely used in commercial vegetable production and are the most common irrigation filter used by small operations if the water source is relatively clean. Screen filters can remove debris as efficiently as filter media but cannot remove as much waste as filter media before cleaning is required.

 Compared to filter media, mesh filters are typically large, having only a relatively small, two-dimensional cleaning surface. Screen filters are sometimes used as secondary filters, located downstream (downstream) from where the filter media is.

Regular cleaning of mesh filters is essential. If neglected, a portion of the mesh element will clump together and clog, forcing water through a smaller area.

 It can push debris through the mesh element and, under extreme conditions, cause a rupture. Placing upstream (upstream) and downstream gauges can help you judge when a filter requires cleaning. A pressure drop of 1 to 3 psi is average for a mesh filter. Screen filters should be cleaned when the pressure drop is 5 to 8 psi compared to when the filter is clean. Many mesh filters contain a discharge valve, making it very easy to clean the filter.

Disc filters are devices that possess traits of both filter media and mesh filters. The filter element of a disc filter consists of thin stacks of donut-shaped discs with slots. The pile of discs forms a cylinder, where water moves from the outside of the cylinder to its core. Like a filter medium, the action of a disc filter is three-dimensional. 

Debris is trapped on the surface of the drum while also moving a short distance into the drum, thus increasing the capacity of the disc filter. Cleaning a disc filter requires removing the cylinder from the disc, expanding the cylinder to loosen the discs, and using pressurized water to clean the discs.

Disc filters.

Both disc and screen filters can be configured with electronic controls, hydraulic valves, and exceptional devices to operate as self-cleaning filters. With these accessories, self-cleaning discs and mesh filters can be used instead of filter media if the amount of organic matter is not high. These devices have the advantage of being smaller and lighter but cost about the same as filter media.

Pressure regulators self watering planters

Pressure regulators reduce the water pressure in the irrigation system manifold (the drip line feed pipe) to the drip line operating pressure. Both fixed and adjustable outlet pressure devices are available for a wide range of flow rates. Globe valves regulate pressure by constricting the water flow path. However, they are not recommended, as any change in flow rate or operating system pressure also affects downstream pressure.

 It can happen when the water is directed to a different area or when a system starts to experience some clogging. The danger of having an unreliable pressure regulator is that the system could become overpressured.

Valves or gauges

Mesh filters, pressure regulators, and pressure gauges.

Irrigation of multiple fields or sections of domains from a single water source can be accomplished through manually operated or automatic valves to open and close various zones. Either manual valves (gate or ball type) or automated electric solenoid valves (using a time clock, a sensor that detects the need for water, or an automatic computerized regulator) can be used to control irrigation zones.

 It is also recommended to install a water meter to monitor the system’s total water usage and flow rate. A backflow/anti-siphon valve is also required when using a well or municipal water source or injecting fertilizers or chemicals into the system.

Water meter. self watering planters

chemigation self watering planters

Chemigation is the practice of injecting and applying fertilizers, pesticides, and anti-clogging agents with a drip irrigation system. Fertilizers are routinely injected; the ability to “spoon-feed” nutrients is partially responsible for the yield increases resulting from drip irrigation. 

Systemic pesticides are frequently injected into a drip irrigation system to control insects and protect plants against disease. Chemicals that prevent or remedy clogging problems can also be injected. Chlorine is used to kill algae, and acids modify the water’s pH and dissolve certain precipitates that cause clogging.

The type of chemical injected is critical in determining the appropriate chemical injector. Maintaining an accurate injection rate for fertilizers is not essential unless fertilizers are injected continuously. The most important characteristic of a fertilizer injector is that it has an injection rate high enough to complete the injection cycle reasonably. An injector with a capacity of 1 GPM is probably sufficient for fertilizer injection in irrigated areas of less than 10 hectares.

In contrast, chemical injection to prevent clogging requires a meager and precise injection rate. Since these materials are typically injected continuously at concentration rates of 1 to 10 ppm, a separate injector is often used. Pesticide injection is similar to fertilizer injection, but the material required is usually minor compared to the volume of fertilizer needed. 

For this reason, most pesticides can use injectors suitable for either fertilizer injectors (high injection rate/low accuracy) or clogging prevention injectors (low injection rate/high precision).

The energy available at the injection site will affect your choice of injectors. Injectors can be operated by gasoline engines, tractor PTO shafts, electric motors, or water pressure from the irrigation system.

Positive displacement, pressure differential, and hydraulically actuated injectors make up the majority of injectors used for chemigation. Pumps that are externally driven diaphragm, piston, gear, lobe, and roller (peristaltic) are all examples of positive displacement injectors. These injectors are typically gas, diesel, or electric powered, have high chemical resistance, and are medium to high cost.

 The injection speed of diaphragm pumps can be adjusted, but piston pumps must be stopped to adjust the injection speed. A piston pump is more resistant to chemicals than a diaphragm pump, and its injection rate is less affected by downstream pressure. Many growers buy an expensive, high-quality piston or diaphragm pump for fertilizer injection. The result of a higher cost is that it brings more reliability, durability, and peace of mind.

The garden is one of the most interesting decorative resources of the exteriors. It is here where we can grow all kinds of plants and flowers that, after all, offer a renewed, fresh and cheerful image of our house. To keep it in good condition, it is convenient that it receives its daily dose of water; therefore, we will know ten automatic irrigation systems for plants that are most successful on Amazon.

A product of this type is essential if we want the plants to be in good condition. The flowers’ color and the garden’s beauty, in general, transmit peace and calm to us so that we can happily enjoy a beautiful, well-kept, and pleasant exterior. There is nothing better than coming home and finding a green space that is colorful and different and that allows us to save water at home.


The variety of models is considerable. One of the most striking and straightforward is the drip irrigation cones. They are arranged within the land itself and, on the other hand, are connected to a water container that will serve as a power source to irrigate effectively. Ultimately, it is an optimal product for watering plants on vacation.

Another example is solar panel drip irrigation. It works through clean and ecological energy without the need to use electricity. It has a timer, and it works perfectly if we have many sunny days; however, a battery can also be charged if solar power is lacking. In addition, the control panel is straightforward to use and offers different programs.

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Technology has reached this type of product. For this reason, we want to introduce you to automatic irrigation with considerable screen control. It is displayed in digital format, and frequencies can be adjusted according to hours and days. It is waterproof as it is made of nylon and uses alkaline batteries. The objective is that the supply is dosed to 

save on the water bill.


In the world of watering plants and gardens, it should be noted that drip irrigation is the most common. It can be presented in different formats and designs. They exist as simple and functional models embedded in the land itself. A very curious case is the balloons that, in reality, are ball-shaped water dispensers with a stem inserted into the ground.

Regarding self-irrigation, systems comprise a small tank connected to a dispenser. It will provide water directly to the plant and thus offers a continuous supply with reduced doses. The plant will always be cared for, so we have a colorful and elegant garden.

In short, if you want a broader perception of the different automatic irrigation models and prefer an eco and sustainable garden, we will show you the most interesting ones on Amazon. They are functional and practical!

With self-watering pots, you should water the potting soil well from the top when planting. Then, as plants release water from their leaves, more water is drawn by capillary action from plant roots to replace it.

Do Self-Watering Planters Work?

Do Self-Watering Planters Work? Yes, but you must use them correctly. A “self-watering” container does not water itself. It is an irrigation system using pots that contain a water tank at the bottom.

Do you put stones in the bottom of a self-watering planter?

From this combination of education and experience, I can tell you definitively that not only do not need rocks in the bottom of self-watering pots, and stones will interfere with the self-watering function of these pots. Do not line the bottom of this type of pot with gravel.

How does a self-watering planter work?

How do self-watering planters work?

  1. A “wick” is placed inside the container, with one end in the water reservoir and the other in the potting mix.self watering planters
  2. The planting container is designed with a section that sits inside the water reservoir, placing the potting mix directly in contact with the water.

Are self-watering pots bad?

However, you could face problems with self-watering pots, such as poor root growth, toxic mineral buildup, and fungus. Some helpful remedies include using porous soil, rinsing the potting mix with plenty of water, and plugging the pot’s drainage holes with a pot scrubber.

Do Self-Watering Pots Cause Root Rot?

Self-watering pots are not suitable for all plants: Self-watering pots are not ideal for succulents, orchids, and other plants that need the potting soil to dry out between waterings. Constant moisture will cause root rot in these types of plants.

How long do self-watering pots last?

Hence why, the self-watering planter is so popular. Self-watering pots are equipped with a bottom chamber that retains excess water, preventing the plant from drowning or experiencing root rot while providing additional nutrients for 3-4 weeks.

What plants benefit from self-watering pots?

Lobelia and Snowy Meadowfoam are great options for annuals to plant in a self-watering container. Both are easy to grow but require a decent amount of water and moist soil; not a problem with the Dunn Rite Perfect Planter.

What can I fill the bottom of a large pot with?

Lightweight pot filler

  • Recycle plastics. Plastic water/soda bottles. …
  • Reuse packaging materials. …
  • Upside down unused plastic pots.
  • Recycled crushed cans.
  • Natural materials. …
  • Recycled cardboard and newspaper (also for short-term use only.)

What fills the bottom of a pot?


  1. Plastic bottles. Recycle your plastic bottles by using them in the bottom of your large containers. Your flowers and plants will love the extra room to breathe inside. …
  2. Peanut packaging. Reuse your Styrofoam packing peanuts as stuffing for large pots. …
  3. Wood chips. Don’t have enough of the above two ingredients? …
  4. Landscape rocks. self watering planters

How do you build an automatic plant watering system?

Dig a large hole to bury the bottle in the center of the pot or right next to the root system of a plant in the ground. Pack the soil up to the open neck of the bottle. Fill the bottle with water from above. The water will slowly seep through the holes in the bottle into the ground.

How do you make a 5-gallon self-watering bucket?

5 Gallon Self Watering Planter

  1. It is the inner hub of a two-bucket self-watering planter.
  2. Drill a 1/4″ drain hole in the outer bucket. …
  3. The wick lowers into the outer bucket. …
  4. Secure the fill pipe to the inner hub. …
  5. Spread out the cotton wicks before you start adding the potting soil.
  6. Fill about halfway with the ground.

How are self-watering containers fertilized?

Compost is the best fertilizer for plants in self-watering containers. If salt buildup occurs, you’ll likely see the tips and edges of the leaves turn brown and dry, and you may see a salty crust on the ground. To fix this problem, remove the water reservoir (if possible) and flush the floor with plenty of fresh water.

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