Instructions – Self Watering Hydra System

Welcome and congratulations on your purchase of our Hydra System Self-Watering Desert Planter.

Your planter comes complete with our newly innovative HydraFilter™. This new filter will stop migration of soil into your reservoir and keep the overflow hole free of debris. It allows water to pass through creating the capillary action needed to provide moisture to the roots of your plants.

Depending on the model purchased, there will either be a molded in water tube or a green expandable water tube. If the planter has the expandable water tube, pull up on the tube until the tube reaches the top edge of the planter.

*Firmly pack your potting mix or soil into the Hydra Filter sock(s). Once complete fill your planter to the desired level with soil/potting mix. Desert selfwatering planters are planted the same as any other conventional pot.

Once planting is completed, fill the reservoir through the watering tube. The reservoir is full when water leaks through the overflow hole located on the outside of the planter and to the right of the tube approximately half way down. Once the reservoir is filled, top-water the plants for the first couple of weeks or until the flowers are set in their soil.

Monitor the planters once a week for the first 3-4 weeks to determine a watering cycle. Depending on the size of the reservoir the watering cycle
could be anywhere up to 6 weeks.

Weather can play a big part in the watering cycle. If there is extremely dry weather, consider reducing the watering cycle and lightly top water if required.

There is no special winterizing required. Desert self-watering planters can be left out and utilized all year long for your seasonal requirements. Draining the reservoir is not required but do not fill the reservoir prior to freezing temperatures.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed by contacting our customer service at or call 1.800.665.7487 (Canada) or 1.800.563.3352 (United States).