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self watering planter

by Joey Roth $50.00

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  • the story

Drink Up!

Inspired by Olla, an ancient irrigation tool that farmers still use to conserve water in arid climates, designer (and former UncommonGoods copywriter) Joey Roth designed this self-watering planter. "I came up with the design as I was researching irrigation methods for my garden," Roth said. "I live in Southern California, and too much water would be lost to evaporation if I used a hose or sprinkler."

In this design, Roth brings the elegance of this irrigation method above ground and even indoors by recreating Olla in tasteful, unglazed earthenware. Soil and plants are placed in the outer donut-shaped chamber, and the center chamber is filled with water. The unglazed terracotta's natural porosity allows the water to move from the center chamber and into the soil, based on the soil's moisture level, and thus the plant's thirst. The terracotta wall both regulates and filters the water, and a simple lid on the top of the water chamber prevents evaporation. Made in Yixing, China.

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  • details
Item ID
23199
Made from
earthenware
Measurements
8" dia x 6" H; 4.5 lbs
Notes
Soil capacity: 2.5 liters. Water capacity: 0.4 liters. Designed for up to three herbs or six succulents.
Care instructions: wash with water only, do not use soap.
  • the maker

Joey Roth

Brooklyn designer (and former UncommonGoods copywriter), Joey Roth uses stories as the initial sketches for his designs. He thinks about characters, scenes and conversations, then designs an object that will feed this narrative. He's fascinated by the meanings that designed objects convey and by ritual behavior.

Roth used to be a student of creative writing, and loved it because it allowed him to construct entire worlds for his characters. He now tells stories through product design, and still strives to make each product an immersive world.

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SELF WATERING PLANTER
 
3.9

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (6)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoors (4)
  • Outdoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Getting started (4), Avid gardener (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4), Yes (3)

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4.0

For plants that do well in semi -arid to arid climates

By 

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Getting Started

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about SELF WATERING PLANTER:

    When the column in the center of the planter is filled with water, the outside wall of the column stays moist so that the plants around it can draw it's water. This means that it is a planter designed for succulents or other plants that do not need large amounts of daily watering. It's a beautiful design and works really well.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Wedding

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Father's Day gift

    By 

    from Denver

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Indoors
      • Outdoors
      • Patio

      Comments about SELF WATERING PLANTER:

      I wanted to get Dad something to indulged his interest in gardening but lessened his burden of care-taking. I had to have it sent to him and he was impressed by all the protective packaging. He really likes it but says there were no instructions. Maybe they were lost in the packaging! My brother helped him figure it out.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Father
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Father’s Day

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Herb Garden

      By 

      from FL

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about SELF WATERING PLANTER:

          Herb Garden

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Good idea, not effective

          By 

          from Columbus, Ohio

          About Me Gardener

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Interesting Design

          Cons

          • Does Not Wet Up Soil Well

          Best Uses

          • Houseplants

          Comments about SELF WATERING PLANTER:

          The thought was there for this product design; however the clay used does not effectively wick the water into the soil. I'm not sure if this is due to the type of clay used in the product, as it is darker than typical terra cotta. It is not reliable to water your plants.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Neat--my plants are still alive!

          By 

          from Maple Grove, MN

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

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                Comments about SELF WATERING PLANTER:

                This is a neat idea because I either forget to water my plants, or water them too much or not enough. It is a neat design, but it really needs smaller plants, because there is not really a lot of room to plant. I bought some small succulents and some "fairy garden" plants that greenhouses have. The first one I received had thinner walls on the outside, and it had cracked in two places by the time I received it. Uncommon Goods sent me another one, and this one came just fine. Also, I am such a novice gardener that I did not realize that terra cotta scratches glass, so now my coffee table has scratches-- but the planter is now sitting on a cork trivet.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Self

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                very satisfied.

                By 

                from Dover, DE

                About Me Getting Started

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Healthy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SELF WATERING PLANTER:

                    Great in the sense that i don't have to guess when and how much to water the plant. Perfect commodity!!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Wife
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Other

                    Comment on this review

                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Easy to use

                    By 

                    from Chagrin Falls, OH

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                    • Attractive
                    • Fits With Any Decor
                    • Nice size

                    Cons

                    • Larger Sizes

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about SELF WATERING PLANTER:

                    Very nice size and look. I filled mine with herbs and placed it in my kitchen green house window. As for being pricey why would anyone buy this if they thought it was too much for too little? As child's gift...not so sure. Perhaps an older one you knew was into gardening, plants. You may want to consider making a larger size for outdoor use.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Self
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Other

                    Comment on this review

                    (4 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    THOUGHT PLANTER WAS PRICED TOO MUCH

                    By 

                    from NORTH WILKESBORO,N.C.

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Outdoors

                      Comments about SELF WATERING PLANTER:

                      I WOULD NOT BUY AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE PRICE.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Child
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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