What To Look For in a Watering Can
Whether you keep a reliable watering schedule, or are slightly more haphazard with your plant care, it’s nice to have a trusty watering can for the job.
Small watering cans with a 1 L capacity are great for accurately watering houseplants. You might also want to look for a narrow spout, as this can help get under leaves without them getting wet. 1 L watering cans are also great for children to use in the garden as they’re a manageable size and weight.
For watering flowerbeds and vegetable patches, choose a watering can of around 10 L. Metal watering cans will be heavier than plastic ones, especially when filled to the brim. Of course, you don’t always have to fill a large watering can up to the top, but it can help to have the option – especially if the dreaded “hosepipe ban” comes into play.
If you’re after a large watering can, make sure to get a model with a detachable rose. An angled rose can help with watering hanging baskets, and a rose with small holes will be useful for seedlings and delicate plants. A standard rose will help with general watering, but it’s also nice to be able to remove this attachment for certain jobs.
Traditional watering cans make an aesthetic addition to the garden, but there are also contemporary, decorative, and novelty options on the market which you might like to consider. These can make great gifts for gardeners as well. Personally, I’m a fan of having a couple of watering cans – a stylish one that can be left on the windowsill and used to water the houseplants, and another heavy-duty model that can be left outside.
I’ve recommended the CrazyGadget Steel Watering Can as my top choice. It has a spacious 9 L capacity and a charming, traditional shape. For more details on this watering can, plus other great alternatives, see the reviews below.