I’ve by no means had a lot luck with vegetation. I’ve overwatered cati, underwatered fiddle leaf figs, and by some means even managed to kill three snake vegetation. (Sure, the home plant that’s recognized for being resilient and almost inconceivable to kill.) It’s not for lack of care: I all the time analysis the vegetation beforehand, select ones with wants my condo can meet, and hold a detailed eye on them. However after years of sadly scooping lifeless vegetation into my trash can, I got here to phrases with the truth that I simply merely don’t have a inexperienced thumb.
A few months after saying goodbye to my final failed try at at-home botany—a snake plant I managed to maintain alive for 3 months earlier than a pal knowledgeable me it was, actually, lifeless—I used to be given this ceramic self-watering planter. Naturally a little bit of a skeptic, my expectations have been very low, however I figured it was price a shot. I walked a couple of blocks to a well-loved plant store in my neighborhood, took my time perusing the cabinets, and landed on a small pothos plant. Just like snake vegetation, it has a repute for being straightforward to take care of. Plus, its versatile lighting wants—it thrives in vivid, oblique mild however also can tolerate medium-to-low oblique mild—have been an ideal match for my condo. I walked again residence, pothos in hand, plopped it into my new self-watering pot, set it on the nook of my dresser, and waited. Nearly six months later, my pothos remains to be alive and nicely.
The magic of this ceramic self-watering planter is pretty easy and easy. A self-irrigation system on the backside of the two-section planter permits the plant to drink the water it wants from its roots. That’s proper, precisely how it will if it have been nonetheless planted in nature. All you have to do is raise the highest portion of the pot, pour sufficient water to fill the smaller, shallower backside part, and let the roots do their factor. No extra setting calendar reminders for when to water or unintentionally overwatering—simply raise test in on the underside part of the pot each week or so to see if it wants a refill. It actually does not get any simpler than this.
And nope, I have never killed a single plant since.
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Julia is Food52’s Commerce Editor and a contract author. She has written for Grub Avenue, Eater, PUNCH, Edible Brooklyn, and extra. She relies in Brooklyn, NY.