Awesome you’ve decided to start a growing in a container. You have probably already decided what you want to grow or at least have a few ideas. Now your looking to pick the perfect planter for your soon to be green babies. The search begins…. Two week later your still searching through various different pot shapes, sizes, configurations, brands, and options in general. Who would have though there were so many container gardening pots. If this sounds like something you have done before or just wish to avoid let me help you out.
When faced with the limitless options of different gardening pots you can hit information paralysis. By that I mean that faced with so many choices its hard to weed through all the lack luster products to find gold. Luckily for you I’ve scoured the vast troths of options out there, and I have found a few great planters that have truly stand apart. So here is my top 5 container gardening pots with descriptions and explanations about why I think they exceed expectations.
These simply designed planters are a perfect fit for most apartment gardens. They provide a durable and dependable growing container with a number of extra positive features. I have gone through a number of self watering pots and overall they are extremely similar. They provide a small water reservoir at the base of the planter to allow roots to naturally absorb water at their own rate. This feature drastically reduces the amount of watering a plant requires once it has grown to an appropriate size.
The Southern Patio’s Self Watering Planter that I think is one of the best pots available is number one for its simplicity. At 7′ these pots are perfect sized for most herbs, flowers, and smaller vegetables. The reservoir is not overly complicated like some other model and can be easily checked by briefly inserting a finger. For novice and expert gardeners alike these pots are a must have.
Continuing with the “self watering” theme that many of my personal top 5 planters incorporate is my #2 choice the Lechuza Balconera All-In-One Planter. This ascetically pleasing planter is perfect for window sills, fireplace mantles, bookshelves, and any other wider surface. The All In One Planter also uses a unique water level indicator that lets you easily monitor when your garden needs watering. The super simple indicator lets you visually assess your gardens water level from a distance. This feature is unlike most of the competition out there, which requires you to physically check the base for water.
In short, the Lechuza Balconera All-In-One Planter is my #2 planter because it takes all the features of my number 1 pick and improves on them. This planter has an amazing self watering system. The container itself can work as a free standing model or mounted/hung on a wall depending on your needs. This system is a better looking, sleeker, more technologically advanced self watering planter.
My number three choice really takes things up a notch as far as versatility goes. So far both my number 1 and 2 choices have been relatively small planters that are suited to growing select plants. This all changes with my larger and easily convertible third choice, the Hydrofarm Tomato Trellis Garden on Wheels. While the name would suggest this planter is for tomatoes only, the depth of the container and overall build is really capable of growing any plant you want including root vegetables, small fruit trees, hanging and vine vegetables and many more. The built in trellis also serves a dual purpose; firstly allowing support for vine growth or climbing plants and secondly providing a convenient location to hang indoor growing lights.
The Hydrofarm Garden on Wheels lands securely at #3 due to its versatility and ease of use. The multifunctional trellis system is a huge bonus especially if you plan on using grow lights. The depth of the grow area allows for almost all varieties of plants. These two features coupled with its large watering reservoir make it a perfect container to use in an apartment or to wheel outside.
The next in line for my top 5 container gardening pots list has a mix of features and similar potting setups that can accommodate any of your gardening needs. Emsco Groups take on a raised bed gardening box is exceptional. One of the main features of these growing systems is the combined aeration screen and watering reservoir. This improved setup not only allows your garden to water itself through wicking but also increases the oxogen in the soil allowing for increased plant growth. The raised bed model also comes with a mulch cover that drastically reduces the likelihood of mold or weeds growing.
This container gardening system with its unique watering design has managed to make it into my #4 spot. The Easy Picker Raised Bed Grow Box not only is easy on the back and knees to tend but also creates a very handy extra storage area beneath the main unit. The added mulch cover really brings this planter to the next level.
This last pick for my top 5 list is one of pure simplicity and economics. These fabric pots are the perfect size to grow almost anything, extremely simple and inexpensive. While there are a plethora of other fabric pots out there these ones are sturdily built and hold up to repeated use. The thick fabric has two purposes not only holding the plant, roots, and grow medium together but also allowing oxygen to penetrate into the root structure for increased growth. The pots will need some sort of base or drainage area as they are fabric and will leak otherwise.
These are my #5 pick for the no frills grower. The Kinglake 5 Gallon Fabric Pots are deep enough to grow a huge variety of plants including root vegetables and tubers. The 5 gallon size is perfect, being not so big you can’t pick them up but also providing ample room for growth. These pots bring a simplistic approach to your apartment gardening and with the price there is no better deal.
Pointers to help you find your match
There is a lot of thought that goes into deciding which containers will be suitable for each situation. The variety of plant you plan on growing is one of the first things you should consider and how much root room that plant will need. Next you should consider what your light source will be. Whether you can use natural light on a patio or through a window or if you will have to go the route of grow lights. Another key thing to consider is the maintenance and service time you will be able to devote to each planter. and finally you should consider the aesthetic appeal of all your options. choosing a planter that works well with your existing decor is often prioritized first but through my experience I have learned to put the plants needs first.
I hope my guided top 5 list has helped you make some selections or at least given you an overview of some of the options you have out there.
Please leave me a comment below if:
- you have any experience with any of these products
- you agree or disagree with any of my recommendations
- you know of any superior products that I should try out next
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