How to winterize AquaPots

Q: How Should I Protect my AquaPots Over Winter?

A: Because AquaPots are self-watering containers, any water (including water in the planting medium) left in them can freeze, expand, and therefore crack the AquaPot.

For this reason, you should take steps to “winterize” your AquaPots each fall:

  1. Remove all plants and soil/planting medium
  2. Drain any water
  3. Place the AquaPots in a protected location (such as a garage) and ensure they won’t fill with rainwater or melting snow – we recommend tipping them upside down and/or covering them with a tarp.
  4. If any water does accumulate, be sure to tip it out

You can leave them outdoors if you don’t have an indoor spot for them, but we still recommend removing everything, tipping them upside down, and covering them with a tarp to protect them from the elements.

You can also place them underneath a porch to protect them from the elements or keep them in place, tipped upside down, and used as a pedestal for other outdoor décor.

Once the chance of frost has passed in the spring, you can begin to use your AquaPots outdoors again!

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Jerry Somalski

Jerry is a Landscape Designer, Project Manager, and the President of Bay Landscaping. He began learning about plants and landscape design as a young boy, hoeing in the family nursery and tagging along with the landscape crews who taught him the tools and methods of the trade. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Central Michigan University, he returned to the family business. Jerry has an enthusiastic yet practical approach to landscape design, focused on choosing the right plants (ones that thrive in the mid-Michigan climate) for the right place to create sustainable and spectacular landscapes. He loves to share what he knows with gardeners throughout Michigan! Learn more about Jerry >>