Self Watering Planter

A self-watering planter inspired by Olla, an ancient irrigation tool used by farmers in arid climates.
created by

Joey Roth

created by

Joey Roth

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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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Click here to see planter instructions.

Searching for the perfect succulent to pair with your planter? Check out our list of easy-to-grow beauties on the blog.

Due to the nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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.

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

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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note: This item is not available to ship outside of the U.S.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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UncommonGoodsSelf Watering Planter
 
3.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (9)
  • Accurate instructions (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoors (7)
  • Outdoors (4)
  • Patio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Getting started (5), Avid gardener (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (6), No (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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5.0

Love the look!

By 

from Eagle, Colorado

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Easy
  • Shape

Cons

  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Herbs
  • Indoors

Comments about UncommonGoods Self Watering Planter:

We love the shape! The clay color is very attractive. We plan to use it for growing herbs indoors during the winter so the smaller size will be perfect and the "self-watering" makes it ideal.

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

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5.0

Wonderfully presented in terra cotta.

By 

from Georgia

About Me Getting Started

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Great Size For A Planter

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors
    • Outdoors
    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about UncommonGoods Self Watering Planter:

    My daughter has trouble growing plants, keeping them alive. She was very impressed with this planter and has every expectation this one will work for her. I'm excited!

    • 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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Would not recommend

    By 

    from Pittsburgh, Pa

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Poor quality

    Best Uses

    • Indoors

    Comments about UncommonGoods Self Watering Planter:

    Product arrived broke. Sent it back. The second product arrived damaged too. Product was packaged fine securely so it must have left warehouse that way.

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

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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 UncommonGoods 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

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      (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 UncommonGoods 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

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        (2 of 2 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 UncommonGoods Self Watering Planter:

            Herb Garden

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

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            (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 UncommonGoods 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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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Neat--my plants are still alive!

            By 

            from Maple Grove, MN

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about UncommonGoods 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

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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 UncommonGoods 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

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                (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 UncommonGoods 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

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