Are all self-watering planters the same?
The recent heatwave that we experienced in July may have created a welcome continental feel on Britain’s high streets, but it can cause havoc for Britain in Bloom groups, gardeners and professional ground staff across the country, especially with Britain in Bloom judging in full swing.
Self-watering planters really come into their own in the summer months at a time when water conservation (or even hose pipe bans) may be a concern, but are they all the same?
The simple answer is NO. Many other self-watering planters may have wicks but no matting for example, or the balance of water reservoir size to available planting depth may have been slanted in favour of the water reservoir, leaving minimal depth for plants to establish good root growth.
50 years of self-watering planter experience
The priority at Amberol has always been to ensure that our products are the highest quality, delivering the best overall solution and value for money for our customers. So, for those of you who don’t know what makes Amberol’s self-watering range so efficient and successful, here’s a summary:
- Each Amberol self-watering planter has our unique Aquafeed™ system which includes a robust wick and matting system to ensure even dispersal of moisture and nutrients throughout the compost.
- Bigger is not always better. Our research shows that a having a water reservoir that is too large at the expense of the planting area is a mistake. You need a substantial planting area that allows the root structure to grow and spread. This is crucial because a healthy, robust root structure facilitates plant growth above the surface.
- Amberol containers have a minimum planting depth of 17cm, compared to much lower depths seen in similar products available in the marketplace. This ensures ample growing room combined with a reservoir large enough to hold one week’s worth of water.
- Each container is double-walled, keeping compost cooler in the summer, slowing down evaporation - and warmer in the winter.
Continuous research and development – even after 50 years!
At Amberol we are always looking to refine and improve our products – often in response to invaluable feedback from our customers. As we enter our 50th year of trading, we are developing some very special products to mark the occasion. As always, any feedback is welcome!