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Product Review - Lechuza Self Watering Planters

By Ozhene @papaver

Christmas is now getting closer, there are not that many shopping days left and I think now we have reached December I can actually talk about it without feeling it is too soon. I have been sent these planters to trial and I am going to be clear that I have not received any money to write this review. I have received the items and not paid for them, but they have had no control over what I have said or my opinions. They have not seen this review before it was published.

Product review - Lechuza self watering planters

I have been trialling these Lechuza 'Yula' planters. These are perfect for house plants that do not like to dry out as they have this clever wicking system. Obviously these are not going to be good for plants that like being a bit dry, but we all know those plants we have that wilt easily through not having the watering regime that they would prefer and these planters aim to help with this.

Product review - Lechuza self watering planters

They are simple to set up and, most importantly,

Product review - Lechuza self watering planters

my variegated tradescantia looks the best it has looked for ages in it.

Product review - Lechuza self watering planters

They sent me this nice set. The bigger planter is going to be used for herbs in the spring, I think it is ideal for them. The little watering can is perfect for house plants. It holds a reasonable amount of water (I am lazy, I do not want to have to keep going back to the tap to refill when I am in house-plant-watering mode. I could confess to using an old 2 litre plastic milk bottle as my previous waterer of choice....) The watering can is also quite precise. It actually pours the water where you want it to be rather than mainly on the windowsill (or is that just me?).

I think that they are good looking. Yes they are plastic, there is no escaping that. They should last for years I would hope though and the company does have a clear environmental and energy policy. The smaller planter retails at around £12.99, the bigger one is around £19.99 and the watering can is £9.99.

Lechuza also sent me this rather wonderful large 'stone effect' planter.

Product review - Lechuza self watering planters

This is the Canto Stone high 30 Planter. The planter can be used indoors or outdoors and it has a handy 'interchangeable' plant liner. This means you can swap the contents around with having to move the whole thing every time. It will take a big plant, so you can put something quite dramatic in it and if you need to move it indoors for the winter you can do so easily as it is very light (remember though the compost and the plant will add to the weight). This is a self-watering planter so it has the capacity to hold 3 litres of water. Handily, if you needed to move it, there is a drain plug so you can remove the weight of the water if you need to.

I really like this planter and I wanted to make sure I planted the right plant in it. Something dramatic, something that needed large and would do it justice. It has taken me a while to realise which plant would be best even though it has been staring me in the face on a daily basis.

Product review - Lechuza self watering planters

This is my Justicia carnea that I bought earlier this year. This is one of those plants that does not like to dry out and it has already been wilting at me on a regular basis. I recently moved it to the kitchen windowsill. It is getting quite large for the windowsill and now needs repotting. I think that this planter is the perfect planter for it. I can move it so it gets enough light but also not worry too much about how dry it is on a daily basis. Win win. The Canto Stone Planter retails at around £44.95

I think all of these planters would make an excellent gift for that house-plant lover (or tormentor) in your life. I am genuinely impressed by the quality of them and that they work so well. I can happily recommend.

With thanks to Paskettpr


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