Our Favorite Target Self-Watering Planters are on Sale from $2.10 – Easiest Way to Garden!

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The self-watering pots and planters from Target make plant care easy!

target self watering planters on shelf

Through April 13th, head to Target where they are offering 30% off select outdoor and gardening items, including the popular Room Essentials self-watering planters, as a part of Circle Week!

Note that you no longer need to “clip” this Circle offer, just be sure to log in or enter your account number at checkout, and the savings will automatically apply. 🙌

Don’t forget that Target Circle Card holders get an extra 5% off and will score free shipping! Plus, be sure to check your Circle account for additional ‘Just for You’ savings and bonus offers.

Check out what we spotted…

target self watering planters in store

Room Essentials 8″ Indoor/Outdoor Self-Watering Planter $3 – 5 colors
Less 30% off Outdoor and Garden Circle Offer
Final cost $2.10!

two 12 inch self watering planters on store self

Room Essentials 12″ Indoor/Outdoor Self-Watering Planter $8 – 4 color
Less 30% off Outdoor and Garden Circle Offer
Final cost $5.60!

two 16" self watering planters at target

Room Essentials 16″ Indoor/Outdoor Self-Watering Planter $15 – 2 colors
Less 30% off Outdoor and Garden Circle Offer
Final cost $10.50!

Self Watering window box planter

Room Essentials 4.5″ Indoor/Outdoor Rectangular Self-Watering Window Box $82 colors
Less 30% off Outdoor and Garden Circle Offer
Final cost $5.60!

Hand holding a black planter next to a brick wall

Room Essentials Indoor/Outdoor Half-Circle Self-Watering Wall Planters 2-Pack $10 2 colors
Less 30% off Outdoor and Garden Circle Offer
Final cost $7 – just $3.50 each!

hand grabbing one black self watering planters on store shelf

Room Essentials 6″ Indoor/Outdoor Square Self-Watering Planter $3 – 2 colors
Less 30% off Outdoor and Garden Circle Offer
Final cost $2.10!

hanging self watering planter in store

Room Essentials 12″ Hanging Self-Watering Planter $10 – 2 colors
Less 30% off Outdoor and Garden Circle Offer
Final cost $7!

What are self-watering planters, and how do they work?

inside of a self watering planter

I wasn’t exactly sure how the Target planters worked, so I did a little research before purchasing. I learned that self-watering planters aim to deliver water directly to the roots of the plant using a sub-irrigation system. The planters come with a shallow water basin, or reservoir, at the bottom of the planter. Here is where you can refill the water or drain it if needed.

This means the gardener no longer has to guess how much or when to water the plants. Instead, the roots of the plant will drink from the reservoir, either directly or via the soil, whenever it needs nutrients. This process is called “capillary action” or “wicking.” It’s like how a sponge soaks up water. Pretty cool, right?! 🤓

So, how does one use these self-watering planters?

target self watering planter box filled with succulents placed on a windowsil

This may be common knowledge for some, but for a newbie like me, it is not. I wished the planters had come with some basic instructions or tips for success. Since they didn’t, I browsed the Target Q&A section for helpful hints. I followed Target expert John’s advice on how to re-pot my plants and keep the water refreshed. My husband, an avid gardener, agreed that this was a good approach. 👏

To get started, John advises:

“Self-watering planters are a great help if you don’t exactly have a green thumb. Set up the planter the same way as a typical planter. Water the soil thoroughly from the top the first time, and keep the reservoir filled via the port at the bottom. The roots will absorb water from the soil as needed.” 

room essentials self watering planters at target

My plants, a golden pothos, and a snake plant took to their new pots well and the soil stayed wet for close to a week and a half. At that point, I used a watering can to pour additional water into the hole that leads to the basin. Aside from getting them enough sun, that is all I have had to do to get these plants to thrive!

What makes the Target self-watering planters special?

hand holding up a black half circle target self watering planter with a bright pink plant in front of a potting bench area

When I first handled the Target planters, I was taken aback by how light they were, just .12 lbs. If I’m being honest, I worried they might be cheap quality. Luckily, it didn’t take long for me to understand why being lightweight was actually a benefit to me. After putting in soil, these self-watering planters were still easy to move around. I could carry them outside and back indoors without exerting myself. 💪

Plus, these polypropylene planters look as chic as the heavier and more expensive ceramic garden planters I bought my husband recently. I love their smooth, curved style that looks clean and modern, and these planters will add beauty to any home, patio, or windowsill.

All that said, I do have a few suggestions for improvement…

self watering planters from Target with plants in them

There was a lot I enjoyed about these planters, and let’s face it, they’re a total steal starting at just $3! But there were a few things I thought needed improvement.

As I mentioned earlier, a few basic instructions or tips on how to use these self-watering pots would have been helpful. I also felt the reservoir portion of the planter was difficult to screw on and off. If I ever need to remove it, I’ll need a second set of hands to help. Luckily, I can refill the water without ever removing the bottom saucer. I also loved the unique color options, but some selections were only available for certain-sized planters.

Nonetheless, they’re certainly not deal-breakers!

All in all, these popular Target self-watering planters are a total win in my book! 🙌  

smiling woman in a baseball cap and jacket holding a white plastic self watering planter from target with plants in it

Say goodbye to black thumbs! I have only re-watered my plants once upon potting them, and three weeks later, the soil is still wet to the touch. Meanwhile, my husband has watered our outdoor plants daily. Not to toot my own horn or anything 🎺🎵, but my self-watered plants look just as healthy and vibrant as our manually-watered ones. For this reason alone, I’m sold on these planters!

My Hip teammate Chelsey is a raving fan, too!

“I have a few of these Target planters and they are fantastic! I have them in white and the plastic easily wipes clean if you get dirt on it and you don’t have to worry about setting a saucer on it because of the self-watering saucer on the bottom. These would be so cute to pair with a plant as a gift for your kiddo’s teacher!” Chelsey

Better yet, they are an excellent value. They cost less than most value meals and make plant care a lot easier. If you head over to Target soon, you can capitalize on these affordable garden accessories. Talk about gardening on a budget! If you do pick some up, let us know what you think!

Happy planting!  🌱

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Comments 2

  1. momdkk

    Stay away from the orange ones, brought blue, green and orange color’s last year. The orange ones faded and look ugly after a while in the sun. The blue and green ones held up a little better.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      DARN! Thanks for the heads up on which colors look best when in the sun for a while! ❤️

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