These self watering planters are what you need to buy before you go on hols

Self watering planters will keep your house plants looking lush even when you're away, or forget to water them regularly

Top five self watering planters
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Plants are the must-have house accessory. And so, if you ask us, are self watering planters. House plants have obviously been loved, admired and nurtured in homes for aeons, but they seem to have garnered a new appreciation (bordering on obsession by the plant hoarders who can claim 20 or more to a room). They are multifunctional – bringing a breath of nature inside, purifying the air and helping to increase humidity. They can also make a space instantly Instagrammable.

We don't know about you, but when we were young, our families' pre-holiday preparation rituals included rounding up all of the plants in the house and putting them in the bath, which was part-filled with cold water. Once that was full, the overspill would be put in the basin or kitchen sink, so great was our parents' fear of returning from a fortnight away to discover their precious house plants were dried husks of their formerly verdant selves.

Now there is no need for to worry about how to keep your green babies alive, or to turn the bath into something resembling Kew gardens. Self watering planters can slowly feed moisture to the plants from little reservoirs in the base or via irrigation systems. They get enough water to sustain them whether you are away or simply forgetful when it comes to maintaining them.

These are the best five self watering planters you can buy to keep your indoor oasis looking lush.

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Alison Jones
Alison Jones

Alison is Assistant Editor on Real Homes magazine. She previously worked on national newspapers, in later years as a film critic and has also written on property, fashion and lifestyle. Having recently purchased a Victorian property in severe need of some updating, much of her time is spent solving the usual issues renovators encounter.