Reuse Container Water

Standing containers and hanging baskets require frequent watering in hot weather—in full sun, they may even need water twice a day, particularly if they hold thirsty plants like vegetables and certain annuals.

To thoroughly wet the growing medium, we water until water streams out of the pot’s drainage holes. “Self-watering” containers cut this waste, because water is added to the reservoir below the pot, then wicked up by the growing mix as needed. To reduce waste in non-self-watering pots, move them into the garden or onto the lawn before watering them, if their size allows. That way the water passing out of the drainage holes can go to another plant. Alternatively, put a bucket under hanging plants to catch the water. It can then be poured onto the container plant again, or dumped on a thirsty plant in the ground.

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2 thoughts on “Reuse Container Water

  1. I have, for several years now, been collecting the water I otherwise waste when the shower runs to get warm. I put the shower head (which is on a hose) into a bucket. It makes a good drink for plants close to our porch that don’t get much rainfall.
    I also use dehumidifier water (and our heat pump air conditioner’s condensed water). However, the water from the heat pump itself is low enough pH that it can’t be used. Still, every drop counts…

    • I’ve been keeping a small very clean bucket in my kitchen to catch the cold water while waiting for warm.
      That water keeps the many, many potted plants on my deck watered all summer and fall until the rains come.

      I also only have baskets hanging over other planted containers so the water drips into the planter below.

      Been conserving water for so long now I’m not sure why everyone doesn’t do the same. It is a valuable resource many take for granted.

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