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13 Best Plants for Self Watering Pots (Complete List)


Indoor plants that are made for your self-watering pots, does that exist? Well yes, we present you 13 of them, these indoor plants known to be indestructible, ideal for gardeners who don’t have a green thumb!


13 plants to put in self watering pots

1. Aspidistra

Some will tell you that this is the most popular plant among Portuguese janitors, which they like to put outside all summer long. It is a very robust plant, as well as its tough, upright foliage, of a beautiful dark green or more or less shaded with cream or gold. The rarest species show an irregularly punctuated blade.


This plant is particularly appreciated in Japan where innumerable varieties coexist. It resists well to the lack of light. However, it will appreciate nitrogenous fertilizers or, more traditionally, a contribution of fish bones at their foot. Its bloom is not interesting.


2. Calathea crocata

In the days of the smoky bars, it was not uncommon to discover this modest plant growing and even flowering with its orange nested cones, in the heart a rosette of green and rounded leaves.


It seemed to take little notice of these more tenuous atmospheres, camped desperately in more or less neglected planters. That is to say, if you pamper it, the luxuriance it will grace you with.


3. Ceropegia woodii

This is the endearing “chain of hearts”, a curious fat plant whose small heart-shaped leaves, with silver reflections, are aligned on long thin and hanging stems. Again, the flowers are insignificant, but such an original habit does not leave one indifferent. Set it on the edge of a high piece of furniture, even in diffuse light, and water it sparingly.


4. Chlorophytum

This “phalanx” was well known to our grandmothers who multiplied it in abundance to distribute the babies. Growing like a strawberry plant, i.e. producing numerous stolons, it willingly lets its pretty rosettes of cream-colored leaves fall to a thread for a spidery effect. As long as it has enough water and light, this is a tough and generous plant that will also appreciate a summer stay on the terrace. Put its pot in a saucer filled with a bottom of water.


5. Cissus and Rhoicissus

These exotic cousins of our ivy show simple or compound leaves depending on the species. Hairy stems and beautiful green leaves, abundant growth habit… make these easy to live with plants excellent filler or garnishing specimens in compositions. Their climbing nature will however be encouraged by the installation of supports or a network of wires. They are well suited to mid-shade and polluted kitchen environments.


6. Dipladenia

If you have a very bright veranda, adopt without restraint this beautiful liana with varnished leaves and large corollas in large red, white or pink trumpets. It supports indeed a strong sunning and spaced waterings to the point to be advised to decorate the little maintained tombs, it is thus perfect for the self watering pots!


This does not prevent it from flowering abundantly. With more diligent care and soluble fertilizers, the show will be even more exciting.


7. Ivy

This essential species for shady corners will do well in a room with little heat and little light. Choose varieties with small curly or variegated leaves, which are much more decorative and which you will let fall down along pots and containers or trellis on discrete supports.


8. Sanseveria

These “mother-in-law’s tongues” have fallen into disuse and are now back in the columns of decoration magazines since the advent of varieties with cylindrical leaves, very graphic and therefore very decorative.


Some plants are elegantly braided for an original effect. This is a carefree plant, able to resist in dense shade or full sun. Install them in sleek pots to enhance their stature.


9. Schefflera

Often offered in clumps (several plants in the same pot), this other cousin of the ivy, but with an upright habit, displays large green or variegated compound-palmate leaves, leathery and glossy.


Its proud appearance makes it an ideal choice for large interiors, in the living room or hallway, even in shady or drafty situations. However, they require discreet staking (moss-wrapped stake) to keep them upright in their pots.


10. Spathiphyllum

This is “the” choice for adorning very dark corners. This plant shows a dense rosette of soft leaves, arranged in a green sheaf. The flowers, in immaculate cones, appear gladly twice a year and last very long. You will find varieties of all sizes, giant or dwarf, more rarely speckled with cream.    


11. Syngonium

Small green plant, growing in a rosette of spear-shaped, flexible leaves, often variegated with cream, yellow or even pink.

Good tolerance to mid-shade. This plant spreads little by its short falling stems.    


12. Tradescantia and Scindapsus

These are the inevitable “miseries” of our grandmothers, competing for shelves and windowsills with the phalanxes mentioned above. Their abundant vegetation ensures a fast filling by their aqueous, flexible and falling branches, furnished with small elongated leaves, green variegated of white or yellow, even of purple.


The white flowers, tiny, appear sporadically.

Easily multiply their stems in a glass of water for neighbors and friends to enjoy.


13. ZZ plant

This is Zamioculcas zamiifolia, an antediluvian species (believed to have known the dinosaurs) that is very fashionable nowadays. Its leaves evoke erect palms of a deep and varnished green. The tuft remains stocky.


However, the leaves seem to dance in space for a pictorial ballet. Install it in light shade, in the heat.

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