The best self-watering planters — all under $20

Every now and then, plant parents need assistance, and self-watering planters are here to help

Three self-watering planters in various colors with different plants on a marble green background
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Most plant parents need a lifeline occasionally, and self-watering planters brilliantly usher in some vital assistance. 

It's easy to confuse watering schedules when dealing with a large assortment of greenery. That's why it's so refreshing to have nifty accessories to pick up the slack every now and then. 

If you have a lot of indoor plants, are heading on vacation, or simply need a hand keeping your watering rhythms regular, it might be time to invest a little in our favourite self-watering pots for under $20. 

 According to Paris Lalicata, a community associate and plant education director at The Sill, anything is possible when gardening in an apartment, provided you're equipped with the necessary plant accessories.

"Nowadays, as long as you have the right tools and optimize your indoor environment to what the plant needs, you can virtually grow anything indoors," she says.

 If you're searching for something that can keep soil moisture consistent and incorporate water filtration — the fluoride in water can be toxic when watering spider plants — a self-watering pot is the way to go, according to Gene Caballero, co-founder of GreenPal. Plus, they're great if you're going to be out of town for a few days or so.

smiling headshot of Paris Lalicate from The Sill holding a potted plant
Paris Lalicata

Paris is a community associate and plant education director at The Sill, which was founded on the notion that plants make us happier, healthier humans. The self-taught expert has over 200 plants in her own collection, so she's the perfect go-to for those who need assistance with their plants. 

Gene Caballero
Gene Caballero

Gene Caballero is co-founder of Green Pal, a platform connecting customers to lawn care experts in their area throughout the United States. With such diverse areas to cover, Gene is well-versed in specific needs for various environments. 

What to shop

One of the biggest houseplant mistakes to avoid is attempting to do it all without some help. 

Selections like the All Modern Patti Handmade Ceramic Indoor Pot Planter ($43 at Wayfair) or the Uncommon Goods Self-Watering Planter & Propagation Station ($59) are great places to start, but prices can add up, especially when you're dealing with a large collection. 

We've rounded up customer favorites with four star or more reviews, with a budget-friendly price point of $20 or under to help you keep all of your greenery — and your wallet — happy. 

And, if you adore your best tropical indoor plants, these humidity-lovers will doubley enjoy self-watering systems.

Now you have the watering situation on lock, keep a plant's lighting needs in mind for optimal growth and health. For eco-friendly watering whilst you’re home, install a rain chain. If you're in a shadier spot, we've rounded up the best grow lights for indoor plants under $30 on Amazon.

Danielle Valente
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Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.