How to Use a Self-Watering Planter for an Indoor Plant


Containers are a great way to bring a little bit of nature wherever you want it: from a patio, to a windowsill, to a sunny corner of your home. But containers dry faster than plants placed in the ground. For this reason, you must constantly check and water your container plants. To combat this chore, some container manufacturers have made self-watering containers. Using these containers indoors is as simple as using them outdoors.

Step 1

Fill a self-watering planter with potting soil up to the rim of the container. Because self-watering containers wick up moisture from the bottom, there is no need to leave space at the top of the container to catch water.

Step 2

Hollow out a planting pocket in the center of the potting soil. Place your plant's root ball in the center of the planting pocket. Cover the plant's root ball with soil.

Step 3

Pat around the plant to dislodge any air pockets that occur.

Step 4

Place the container in your kitchen sink, and water for the first time from above to dampen the soil around the plant.

Step 5

Place your self-watering container in a sunny windowsill. Check the container's water reservoir weekly, and add water to the reservoir with a watering can anytime it seems low.

Things You'll Need

  • Self-watering planter
  • Plant
  • Potting soil
  • Garden trowel
  • Watering can


  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Home Selection and Care of Interior Foliage Plants
  • Alabama Cooperative Extension: Container Gardening

Who Can Help

  • Colorado State University: Container Gardens
Keywords: growing contianer plants, indoor gardening, self-watering planter

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."