As you can imagine, that got old in a hurry.
So, when the nice folks at Lechuza asked if we'd like to try one of their self-watering planters, I said (after the angel choir stopped singing hallelujah) "Dude, you had me at self-watering."
Lechuza self-watering planters are an entirely new breed of indoor/outdoor planters for the green-thumb gardener in all of us.
At the heart of every Lechuza planter is a German engineered self-watering system that makes growing and maintaining plants easier than anything you're doing right now.
The secret to the planter is a liner that holds the plant, its soil and a layer of a special granular medium that perfectly controls the supply of water. In the liner is a water reservoir that is filled from the top of the planter through a convenient supply shaft. A water level indicator makes it easy to see when more water is needed so you don't over water or let your plants get too dry.
Here's how it works.
With the Lechuza planter, plants almost take care of themselves. Once the reservoir is filled, plants can typically go about 12 days between watering - not every day like I used to do in the bad old days.
Charlotte likes the planters because - in addition to keeping me from grousing about having to water all the time - they're a beautiful addition to our home and outdoor living area. I like them because the self-watering function makes them (almost) maintenance free.
If you like surrounding yourself with beautiful plants, but wish you didn't have to spend so much time tending to them, Lechuza self-watering planters are a great solution to your home (angel choir not included).
Here's a Great Idea
Looking for houseplants that make the Lechuza planter even easier to use? The current issue of ShopSmart magazine has some great tips on how to buy healthy houseplants - and keep them that way.