Whether your mom has a green thumb or wishes she did, I have the most amazing Mother’s Day gift idea for you. The Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 Self-Watering Planter is an all in one self-watering planter that can be used both indoors or outdoors. This planter makes gardening as easy as 1-2-3 with so many features and benefits to delight any mom on Mother’s Day.
Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies. I do very well with both flower gardens and vegetable gardens. I have not had much success with container gardens, either indoors or outdoors. I either drown the flowers or forget to water them, either way, they die. It’s quite sad.
Lechuza Trio Self-Watering Planter Review
The Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 Self-Watering Planter is a beautiful wicker pattern planter that is 39“long, “13 wide, 13” deep. The wicker pattern and surface is UV resistant and made of a durable plastic that will last for years, even through tough freezing temperatures. The wicker style is beautiful and to match any décor, it is available in white, mocha, granite or black colors.
There are 3 separate individual plant liners that easily lift into and out of the Trio Cottage. Each individual plant liner has built in handles that recess back in seamlessly.
The Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 was made for people like me, and for those that are actually good at container gardening. You can plant any type of plant or flower you’d like in the Lechuza. I chose to plant annuals, however it would be a lovely base for a container vegetable garden. You can even attach a trelles to make a all natural screen for your porch, balcony, or patio.
Lechuza makes it easy by taking the guess work out of watering plants. Each individual plant liner has a water indicator that will tell you what level water each individual plant liner has. With a quick glimpse, you will know if you need to water your plants. Now, I have no excuse!
Like I said, this can be used for both indoor and outdoor. When using it for outdoors, like I am, there is a rain overflow function so you don’t have to worry about your flowers drowning from a heavy rain or from over watering the plants yourself.
Assembling the Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 was a cinch. Each individual plant liner gets a base that fits snuggly while leaving a 1 gallon water reservoir space for each individual liner for draining water underneath. The water supply shaft and water level indicator is located at one corner.
Once the base and water supply shaft is installed, add the Lechuza-pon granulate. You can actually plant your entire plant into the Lechuza-pon granulate or add soil. The Lechuza-pon granulate is a structurally stable, inorganic plant substrate that ensures magnificent plant growth. This is perfect for orchids. The granulate provides the perfect control the supply of water to plants. You can buy additional Lechuza-pon granulate.
I chose to add soil since I am using large potted flower. Add good gardening soil to each individual plant liner. You can do this inside or outside of the Trio Cottage. Since it is so easy to lift in and out of the Trio, I chose to plant outside of the Trio to keep it clean.
Next, add your plants. I decided to use 10” hanging baskets for my Trio to have instant display filled with blooms. You could start out smaller and it would still be a beautiful base for your flowers. What makes the Trio unique for planters is that you can adjust the height of the base of each individual plant liner on 3 levels. Since my plants were large, I used the entire individual plant liner for each of the 3. However, if you have a smaller plant that doesn’t need the entire place, use the 2nd or 3rd level.
Once you plant your flowers, simply pick up with the handles and drop the planter into the Trio Cottage. It is super simple. I also like the feature of dropping in and out with ease for easy moving of the planter. I had a hard time deciding where to put my Lechuza Trio Cottage 30. First, I had it in the back yard on our patio, then on the front porch, then off the entrance to our drive way. Each time, I didn’t have to carry 3 large plants. Simply take out the individual plant liners and carry each separately.
Plus, this morning when we looked outside, 2 deer had decided that the Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 looked like a lovely buffet. We promptly moved the planter on the front porch where my flowers would be safer. Let me assure you that this would not have been a fun task if the 3 individual plant liners didn’t easily pop in and out of the base!
I know that I am going to enjoy the Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 for it’s beauty, convenience, and the all-important water indicator. It is a great system to keep your plants beautiful and healthy.
For the first 12 weeks, you will simply water the plants as you normally do. After that time when it is time to water your plants, simply slide the cover off the corner where the water indicator is and pour the water in. Add water until it reaches the MAX level on the water level indicator.
The amount of time between watering your plants largely depends on the size of the plant and the location it is placed. Once the level goes from MAX to MIN, give it an extra 2-10 days for a “dry phase”. Then water again to MAX. You can also add the liquid fertilizer in the water supply shaft, when needed.
I love the convenience this planter has and I know your mom will too!
Below is my beautiful Lechuza Trio Cottage 30. Isn’t it stunning? At the end of summer, I think I’ll try my hand at indoor plants again. With this system, I think I could actually handle not killing my plants. With our long, cold Ohio winters, it would be nice to have fresh green plants alive and beautiful in my home.
Or to winterize plants, it is easy to pull up the plants from the trio to take indoors for the winter.
This versatile planter would look lovely in any home décor.
Buy Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 Self-Watering Planter
You can buy the Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 for $199.95 on the Lechuza Website or on Amazon.com. You can also buy the matching trellis, there are pop out holes on the Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 to accommodate the trellis. With the trellis, the Trio could provide a beautiful, natural privacy screen for a balcony or patio.
WIN a Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 Self-Watering Planter (Closed)
Updated: 5/18/11 Winner Announced: Congratulations, Paula.
Lechuza is generously offering one lucky winner the chance to win their own Lechuza Trio Cottage 30 Self-Watering Planter ($199.95 value).
Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on May 17, 2011 when a winner will be drawn at random and announced the next day. When commenting, please include your email address (not visible to public). I will notify the winners and they will have 36 hours to respond!
This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Lechuza who provided the products for review & giveaway.