When it comes to indoor décor, there’s nothing like having indoor plants to bring nature into your home. Who doesn’t love a reminder of nature to breeze through and give life? There’s something about indoor plants that just makes a house’s interior look very magical.
So it does make you wonder: how can you keep your plants safe and refreshed inside your home? After all, they’ll be inside all-year long and if you’re the type who wants low-maintenance outside, you can’t expect to bring your gardening tools and mess up your inner heaven. That’s why a great tool was already made for this kind of job: the watering can.
What Are They?
They are already in their name: they’re cans made to contain this liquid gold, so that you can use them for taking care of your plant collection. If you ever played the game Stardew Valley, you’d know how essential they can be when you’re tending to the crops, so they come in handy early on. Thankfully, unlike the game, your responsibilities will be veered towards your inner house plants. So, you can think of tending to them as your own valley.
They also hold value a lot because their simplistic design and elegance brings about the ease in giving the plants the water they need. Just as you would tend to bird friends with a bird bath, having one is truly be a blessing when you want to give your inner plants the health they deserve.
You may think that a watering can be just as simple as a rusted kettle, but for an experienced Stardew Valley player, there is more than meets the eye. They come in different types that will surprisingly give you a better view on what you’ll need. What are they? Here they are:
- Long Spout
For plants that are just difficult to take care of and need deep watering, the long spout will suit you well. These are designed to give you a better handling in watering that an ordinary one cannot do. They’re also designed with an artsy edge to them, so you can add zest to your home as designer pieces when you’re done using them.
The metal model is the type that already has its name written everywhere. Unlike others, these types do have a life span since they’re made of metal. But they can still give you the function you need. Plus, who doesn’t want to add some style and give the inner plants a relic of the past for sophistication?
If metal is old-school, plastic is the new-school. These have proven to be popular everywhere. You can practically see that many distributors go for these because they’re cost-friendly, many designs can be done, and they are more durable. You’ll be surprised that even a watering can you thought looked metal is actually plastic.
- Galvanized Steel
This type sounds unusual if you’re not much into the welding side of things, but this one dethrones the metal models in terms of durability and usage. But you have to take note that with this material, it’ll also rust in time just like its metal counterpart.
The galvanized steel models come in other forms such as copper and stainless steel. Depending on the type you choose, you’ll be welcomed with old-school designs that’ll give you a sense of history.
This is a special type because some plants need a mist rather than the usual watering. So with misters, you’ll be able to give the unique watering. Just as the name shows, they give a mist rather than the whole kind. To make it clearer, you know the alcohol sprays you use? That’s the mister for you in a nutshell. But don’t get any ideas of using actual alcohol. You might harm the plants you’re tending to.
What To Look For
Now that you have a rundown of the different types you can find, the next thing to consider is what to look for. You don’t just go out and get one without consideration: you’ll need to really be meticulous on what you want from it. If you’re stumped, here are factors to consider:
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Obviously, you’re going to need to consider the size. Have a spacious house with more room to spare for your lovely plants? You can go for the big one and store enough water to give them the refreshment in one go. Have a small house or apartment with small plants in intricate places? You may want to go with the smaller type.
Another factor to keep note of is the surrounding area. You may think it’s not a big deal, but it’ll save you from getting a headache. If you have a small home and the model you got is too big to store, then it’s already a nightmare. If you have a big home and the watering can you got is too small, you’ll find it too tedious to take care of all your plants because you have to refill when you run out and move around.
You also have to know where your plants will be put. Will they be high up? Then a long spout will suit you. Got plants that will be lower? The ordinary kind that isn’t too long will suffice. Have an area where the plants will have their share of sunshine? It’s a great booster! By being aware of your surroundings and the placement of plants, you’ll be well-equipped to find the right one to your needs.
This factor is important to take note of because when you’re caring for plants that are inside your house all-year around, you’ll need to make sure the temperature’s just right. Why? Depending on the type of plants you got in, going on the extreme on both ends will result in disaster. So to make certain your plants don’t suffer, you can get yourself the Thermo King, a tool that’s got a temperature control system to make sure that the area you’ll put your inner plants in will have the right dose of heat as you water them.
- Amount Of Plants
This is a factor that can be unusual to think of, but we’ll play well in the long run. This is because it depends on how willing you are for plants. If you’re the kind to get up and water lots and lots of plants as a joyful hobby, then you’re better off with the bigger kind made of great material. But if you’re the kind who is more low-maintenance, you’re well-suited for the one that isn’t too much to handle but can still give you the amount you need while making sure your life balance is in check.
- Type Of Plants
Another unusual factor to consider is the type of plants you’ll be taking care of. You may assume that when you hear the word “plants”, it’s all the ones with green leaves. But you have to consider the other types you see around: flowers, cactuses, and more.
Having an idea of the type you’ll care for will give you a better perspective on what type osuits you. You’ll be able to do great in how you’ll water and tend to the types to your liking. If some require minimal care, go with one that outputs water in a minimalistic way. But if some really need a lot of it, you’d best go with one with more capacity.
This factor may be an overkill, but it’s never too much to be really careful. Since your inner plants will not have much of mother nature’s blessings all-year round, there’ll be hazards to consider. If your area isn’t too much to handle, then you won’t need to worry. But if your area has some known hazards like flies, then you’ll need to get additional hardware that can help you handle them.
Finally, the factor we have here is optional. How so? While much of what is discussed is all about the inner plants, you may find that you’d like to expand and explore the outdoor ones. You may even be starting a sanctum for inner and outer plants at your house. In this case, you can go with one that function well inside and outside.
If you’d rather stick with inner plants, you can skip this factor and move along. But if you’re excited to let your inner and outer areas have plants flourish, make this a big consideration.
Are Metal Or Plastic Ones Better?
As you’ve learned earlier, there are many types and the ones you’ll come across often are the metal and plastic types. Unlike the traditional ones you’ve seen…
But the question is: are they better? In some ways, they are. But then you have to remember the downside to having them. For metal ones, you’ll have to worry about the rusting that comes with it. If you got welding skills just like the character you play in Stardew Valley, then you can keep making sure your metal helper stays refreshed, but it’s a time-consumer.
As for plastic, they do last longer and can come in handy in the long run, but what you’ll have to worry about is that they do melt if too much heat is received and you’ll need to clean them up from time to time. You definitely don’t want a plastic one can to have a lot of mold and bacteria growing around it.
Then there are the ones that are made via welding. If you think the watering cans discussed here are confusing, you’ll find welding to be more complex than you thought. If you’re already familiar with the ways of welding, then you’ll already know what works best.
In general, it’s a matter of preference. There’s no type that is better as long as it’s to your liking. What matters here is considering the factors discussed earlier and going for the one that suits you at the right time.
What Is The Best Material?
They can be made with different materials that can give them the durability to be used for the intended time. So it goes without saying: what is the best material for one? It depends. While many can argue plastic is the way to go because it can last a while, some will argue back that the material doesn’t have the same charm and durability as galvanized steel or metal. By the same token, many will claim metal is the traditional type but will be put with the downsides of trying to maintain it.
Then there will be the argument about the water that you’ll put inside them. In both sides of the argument, there will be some who can argue why this material isn’t good for the water while the other will say otherwise.
In the end, it’s suggestive and will depend on your scenario. If you’re someone who’s eco-friendly and want to maintain a green-based life, going with material that does less to no harm to the environment is your thing. But if you’re the type who’s got a thing for the old-school and is all about maintaining tradition, then go with material that speaks for itself.
Best Watering Cans
Ready for watering with joy? Good. Now your next move is checking out the best watering cans your money can buy. You may be stumped on what is out there but don’t worry, you can check out the ones listed below for a starting point:
- Haws Handy Indoor, Plastic
When it comes to clean water, no one does it better like Haws. Since the 1900s, the company has given clean and safe water for many people starting from the simple to the complex. So it’s a delight to know they have ventured into making watering plants a breeze with their own products. They made many great ones, but this version shows how far they have come.
This item is actually a mini version of their classic watering can. Whereas their classic types are big, this one can fit right in for you (If you think it’s a joke, check out the pictures. You’ll be surprised how small this thing can be). Boasting a 1-pint water capacity that matches it up to a glass of beer, this one is truly for your inner plants. The material is injected molded plastic, so you can bet this one will be durable and last you for a long time.
It even has a brass spout that you can detach, so it makes it a hybrid model for you. Have plants that only a spout can give? Attach it. Just want to slowly pour water
The downside to this great treasure? It’s a mini version and holds up to 1 pint. So if you’re the type that has so many plants, you’ll be running out fast. Another downside to this is that it’s a plastic option, so expect that you’ll frequently have to clean this up without letting the water you put in go stale and dirty.
- DR.UANG model for Indoor Plants with Long Spout Stainless Steel
Are you in the mood for a long spout model that’s got the finest material welded into it while making the statement that you’re in it for nostalgia, charm, and durability all at once? Look no further than this one. This shows that a hybrid type can be born.
This is made with plastic, but it’s got a detachable stainless steel pout which makes it quite the hybrid and will you help you with specialized watering for certain types of plants. It’s also got measuring marks on its body, so you can find out how much you are putting in without guessing anymore.
Add to that, it’s got an easy-to-use handle, so you can hold, do the watering motion, and put it in a safe place for later use. Awesome, right? It’s also different from its other competitors because it actually shows the water in clear view thanks to its intricate design. With 3 color options, you can place it anywhere in your house for a nice decoration piece.
The downside for this model is that because it’s made of plastic, you’ll be cleaning this one up a few times. You also have to be careful in making sure it’s not hit too hard because if you happen to see cracks on this product, you’ll have to be wary of the leaks that can come out of it. Then there’s the detachable stainless steel pout. If you’re using it a lot, it pays to maintain the cleanliness. It can also rust like other steel materials, so be mindful before getting this one.
- Clear Plant Mister Segbeauty 5.4oz Continuous Plastic Spritzer Bottle
At first glance, you’d think this is a container for a perfume. It can even be something for alcohol. But to the ones who look closer, it’s plant mister made with a modern twist. Available in 3 sizes, this modern plant mister will help you out with watering the special plants that need the frequent misting.
It’s got some cool intricate features such as a 360-degree spin on spraying, so you won’t have to worry about leaking and the easy-to-press button for misting on different pressures. To make it even better, the water contained in this mister won’t go stale, so you won’t have to worry about smelly water if you don’t use it for a few days.
Technically, this mister isn’t advertised as a plant mister alone: it’s got other uses such as spraying a little water on your hair, misting on clothes, cleaning on parts of your house and so on. So in a way, you got a lot to go for with this. Misting plants while making yourself look great? This is a big money saver.
The downside to this beauty is that some buyers have complaints about it not working as advertised. Some have even said it stops working after a week or two, so proceed with caution. Another downside to consider is that you might find yourself running out of water because of using for other means, so make sure you know what you’re getting into before getting this one.
- Novelty 1-Gallon Indoor
Have a lot of plants in the house, like Rubber trees, Sansevieria, Anthurium or Dracaena? Need something that will let you have water without having to go back and forth to fill it up every now and then? You’re in luck because this one can help you with your troubles.
This 1-gallon beauty looks like any ordinary model that holds that much capacity. But look closer and you’ll find the one that you’ve been waiting to get. It is made of shatterproof plastic which proves it’ll last you for years and will truly not be too much of a worry if you accidentally drop or hit it on impact.
It’s also designed with a handle that won’t hurt your hands or wrists, so using this item can be a breeze in the long run. You’ll be amazed as well on its embedded flower design which gives it character and novelty. You may even put it in your sala or other areas in your home to make it a nice decoration piece for that much-needed charm.
The only downside for this one is you’ll need to clean it up regularly to prevent but otherwise, you’ve got a money saver with this one.
- Union Elephant
Try reading the item name and not laugh for a while. Yes, you read that right: it’s one in the shape of an elephant. And it’s a cute and gorgeous one! It will surely delight kids. You can even let them use it and show them how great of a hobby it can be to nurture inner plants.
While official pics can make it look like a mini option, don’t be fooled. This thing is even bigger than a can of soda, but sized right enough to fit inside your home.
Thanks to the materials made to create it with along with is simple and elegant design, this is truly a beauty. Anyone who’s got the love for animals will get a kick out of it. You’ll even be mesmerized just looking at it. Who isn’t thrilled to take care of plant with something with the symbol of an elephant? There’s 100% charm written all over it.
The downside for this one is that unlike the others made by Novelty, this one isn’t made with shatterproof plastic, so it’s best not let it get hit too much or you’ll find some cracks in it and may lead to some leakage.
- KIBAGA Beautiful Galvanized
If plastic isn’t your thing and you want to have something that’s just charming and classic while keeping a touch of modern times in, this model is for you. With the words “Flowers & Garden” plastered on it, you’ll really have a great item to add.
It is perfectly made to fit into your house. You can even put it aside your plants and it’s already an instant-charmer for decoration. Also, thanks to its simplistic color and texture, you’ll be hard-pressed to find others that can do a theme just like it. It’s also elegant from afar.
The downside to this is its size but it depends on your preference. Now, if you’re in the market for small to medium-sized options, this is your item. But if you’re expecting something much larger, you’re not going to get much out of it,
- Cado 2 Gallon
Most options you’ll find in the market range in sizes from small to medium. They’re all good, but if you’re in a situation where you have to water lots of plants and filling up every now an then is tedious, you may want to consider going for the big one. That’s why this one is for you.
This 2-gallon option holds a lot of water and is made of plastic, so you can expect durability and capacity all rolled into one. It’s even got a nice and cute design mark on it to really show it’s made for watering. Just like the others with great designs, it can be put in your home as a décor piece when you need it.
The only downside to watch for is the cleaning. While many others need cleaning, they’re easy to handle since they’re not too big. But with this one, expect to have some difficulties cleaning it up when the time comes. You may even need some extra equipment to make sure this 2-gallon option is spotless and clean.
- WEQUALITY Copper In the mood for ibe that’s proud to show its copper roots and charm? This one is for you. This one captures you right away with its antique design that’s sure to last for a long time. It’s also a medium-sized option, so adults and children can easily hold and use as needed.
While it does spell out retro, its features are as modern as they can be. It’s got the spray spout to make sure that the water you give to plants is equal and help you reach difficult ones. You can detach it and water like you normally do for the ordinary plants.
Also, just like the other options similar to it, it’s a piece of awesome design. You can just put it in your sala and it just gives the room that much needed warmth you want after a long day of giving your plants the health they need.
The only downside to worry about for this one is to make sure the content doesn’t get too stale. You won’t have to clean much, but it can be easy to forget you still got water when you think you’ve already done what you needed to do.
All in all, they are great things to have when tending to house plants. From the metal to the plastic to the galvanized steel, they’ll serve you well in all the ways you’ll need them. It may be tedious at first, but once you’ve got the right one and the factors in mind, you’ll be having a perpetual bliss of nature all year long.
Watering cans aren’t just for the watering features; they can also be décor pieces that you put inside your home. And with the many designs you can find with the best ones listed here, you’ll be in for a good time to find the one that speaks volumes for you!