For watering plants and flowers, indoors and out, a well-designed watering can can’t be beat. A few tweaks have been made since watering cans were first developed in the 19th century, but the purpose is the same: to gently water flowers and plants.
When you shop for a watering can, consider whether it will be used indoors or outside. If inside, a small watering can designed for houseplants will work.
Outdoor watering cans are larger and can withstand temperature and weather extremes. Higher capacity means fewer trips between the faucet and plants.
Take care of your watering can. After using using plant fertilizers, rinse thoroughly and allow to dry. Don’t store water for more than a day, which can attract mosquitoes and sometimes frogs, and can damage a metal watering can.
Here are five of our favorite watering cans.
1. Some plants, especially houseplants, prefer a daily misting. Indoor gardeners can choose to mist or pour with the Sprayman Watering Can. This dual-purpose container holds 1.27 quarts of water.
2. The sprinkler head of this black plastic watering can rotates from gentle shower to steady stream. The Fiskars Easy Pour Watering Can holds 1.6 gallons of water. Buy two, one for each hand, to lessen trips to the spigot.
3. A budget-minded choice priced at $4.88, the Southern Patio watering can offers one-piece construction and a 2-gallon capacity.
4. This galvanized Silver Metal Watering Can is Instagram-worthy with its rustic appeal. After giving the peonies and roses a drink, prop some blooms in the can and snap away.
5. For classic English style, check out the Haws English Garden Heritage Watering Can. It’s small with just a 4-cup capacity, making it ideal for watering your small-space indoor garden.
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