Different Types Of Watering Cans – Choosing Watering Cans For Gardens

Just as many of us have a favorite pair of pants or a special way to fold towels, there are also preferred watering cans among the knowledgeable gardening set. Each option is as individual as those pants and provides a slightly different watering experience. Read on for an informative look at watering cans and their many varieties.

Different Types of Watering Cans

Nozzles and necks. Who knew these were important items in the watering world? The many different types of watering cans encompass unique body styles but also different diameter and length necks and a host of handy nozzle designs. Each is fashioned for different plant needs. The style you choose depends upon the size of the plants as well as the method needed to deliver water. Some tips on when to use a watering can with certain design features can help you decide which device to purchase.

Metal or plastic

The two most basic kinds of watering cans are either metal or plastic. Plastic tends to be a bit less expensive and is generally not that durable but these watering cans are lightweight and easy to tote. Metal cans last longer, provided they are galvanized and resist rust. These may be a bit heavier to haul around but their durability means you can have your trusty watering can around for the life of your garden.

There is no right or wrong choice but one thing to consider is off gassing. Plastic cans can contaminate your water, which is something to regard if you are watering edibles. Otherwise, either of these watering cans for gardens should do an equally good job.

Size and handle position

Size is another issue. If you are using watering cans for light duty work, like gently watering under the leaves of an African Violet, you need a little guy. For bigger jobs in the greenhouse or garden, choose one that you can comfortably lift but that keeps you from having to make frequent trips to the hose bib.

It may seem odd to worry about the length and size of a watering neck but consider the different types of plants you will be irrigating. In the case of the African Violets, for example, a longer, slender neck is best to help you get under the leaves. Longer necks are also useful for hanging baskets and other hard to reach locations. Shorter necks are sufficient for most overhead watering and offer stability without much dribbling.

The position of the handle may be something to consider too. Hold the can and see if it is comfortable to pour. Different types of watering cans will handle in distinctive ways. A double handled model may be useful for older gardeners or children who can stabilize the can effortlessly with both hands. It is important to know what type of plants and situations you will be using the can so you can determine which specifications meet your needs.

Sprinkler attachment

As they say, “a rose is not just a rose.” The sprinkler attachment, often called a rose or rosette, is one of the more important features of the watering can. If you don’t have an adjustable spray rosette, you need to know when to use a watering can with specific spray spouts.

Some watering cans for gardens have a fine spray which delivers water gently. These are useful for delicate plants and newly sprouted specimens. The rose at the end of the spout should remove so you can also deliver fast doses of water. This is also helpful if the spout clogs, so it can be cleaned.

Adjustable rosettes are a wonder. You can give a gentle rain shower or a more vehement watering, but the rosette spreads the water over the surface of the soil evenly, getting to all the roots.

Using watering cans in different ways may mean keeping around a smaller, long nozzled one and a larger capacity, ergonomic type with adjustable rose. That way you have covered your bases and have a can suitable for any type of need.

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    What to look for in a watering can

    The type of watering can you need depends on the plants you’re caring for and where they are.
    To water plants growing outside in borders or large pots, you’ll ideally need a bigger watering can, with around a 10 litre capacity to help you water everything efficiently.

    If you struggle to carry heavier watering cans choose a smaller option, it will just mean more refills at the garden tap. Plastic cans are lighter than metal but you may prefer a metal watering can for environmental or even aesthetic reasons.

    If you’re caring for plants inside your home or greenhouse, you’re unlikely to need a watering can that’s too large and can with a capacity of around four litres should be enough. Indoor watering cans are more likely to be on show than those used in the garden and so are often designed with appearance in mind. There are lots of colours, materials and styles to choose from, with designs catering to personal aesthetics as well as practical need.

    There are also a number of features to consider. A watering can with a long spout is useful for watering high or tricky to reach spots such as hanging baskets and a watering can rose over the spout helps distribute a gentle spray of water that’s less likely to damage plants or disturb compost and is useful for watering seedlings and youngs plants. Roses come with different size holes so you can choose the spray to suit your plants. A universal rose tend to be made of rubber and should fit most cans, brass roses are crafted to fit individual watering cans.

    Outdoor Metal Watering Cans

    Watering cans for outdoor gardens are large (a gallon or more) and they pour water in a spread-out pattern so you can wet the root system of a plant, not just the bottom of the stem. These watering cans are too large and too in-exact for use inside and are generally made of tougher materials as well as weather-resistant coatings.

    Behrens 208 2-Gallon Steel Watering Can

    If you are in the market for a classic galanized steel watering can, go no further. The Behrens steel watering can comes in 2, 2.5, and 3 gallon sizes, so it’ll be a larger, heavier can, but it a working watering can that is designed to do a job, not just look good (which it does anyway).

    Tierra Garden Traditional Metal Watering Can

    If you want a stylish, large metal watering can then you can do a whole lot worse than the Tierra Garden 2 gallon metal can. The 2 gallon size means lots of watering capacity, but a heavier lift — about 18 pounds when full. It has a handsome tapered design that is tip-resistant and stable while your carry it. Also the diffuser can unscrew for cleaning debris from the pouring zone.

    • Size: 2 gallons
    • Material: Powder-coated galvanized steel

    YourJoy Galvanized Steel Watering Can

    This 1 gallon galvanized steel watering can from YourJoy is probably exactly what you have in mind. It pairs a classic looking galvanized steel with copper-colored highlights on both handled and the end of the spout. And that metal diffuser piece is important, this is where every (and I do mean every) plastic watering can I buy breaks, so having full metal is a nice upgrade.

    If the farmhouse galvanized steel look isn’t for you, this watering can is also sold in glossy green, copper, and full black.

    This watering can has a large mouth for easy, quick filling with either a hose or rain catch bucket and no plastic parts. The top handle is adjustable which means storage is easy and pouring isn’t too bad on your wrists.

    Importantly, the spout end is removal. This is a critical feature which enables you to easily clean larger debris from the diffuser before they restrict your pouring flow.

    • Size: 1 gallon
    • Material: Steel
    • Finishes: Green, galvanized (grey), black, copper

    Chance To Save Money: The Yourjoy metal can seems to be the same model as the Cesun metal watering can, so you can price compare them and see which one is the better deal. They don’t have the same colors so you will need to shop around and see which you prefer.

    Filed Under: Garden Tagged With: Watering Can Last Modified: January 29, 2021

    Types of Watering Cans


    Some prefer the look of galvanized watering cans or tin water cans, but there’s a type that is more popular.

    The first and most commonly seen type is the plastic watering can. Since the ideal choice is both functional and visually appealing, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice visual appeal for usability. Sturdiness, consistency, and versatility are key and plastic provides all of this.

    • Long-lasting: In terms of physical materials, plastic is ideal since it won’t rust and lasts a long time when properly stored.
    • Efficient with Space: Home and urban gardeners don’t have a lot of storage to work with, so ideally they can find a small plastic watering can.
    • Light and Easy to Refill: A consistent, light flow of water is crucial for plant growth and plastic offers a convenient way to refill without hassle or heaviness.

    As long as the plastic is safe for gardening (which it should be), you shouldn’t have any issues using a plastic watering can. You’ll just want to keep it out of direct light when not in use to prolong its lifespan.

    Metal Watering Cans

    As stated before, metal watering cans were more popularly used in history and are most commonly used decoratively today. Tin watering cans weren’t excluded from this list, even though plastic options are less likely to lead or degrade over time.

    A Simpler Method: Both plastic and metal are suitable materials for a quality gardening watering can and can work for multiple types of plants. Whether plastic or metal, a watering pail is a charming tool that can put us back in touch with simpler times.

    Galvanized Steel: A galvanized water can with a silver finish is most commonly used for outdoors. It’s durable and has a charming vintage look that looks great in the garden. The benefit of this style is that it doesn’t rust from rain the way other tin watering cans will, but alkaline soil may rust it. When it comes to outdoor watering, galvanized steel definitely wins over plastic.

    Other Options: There are also brass watering cans, stainless steel, and copper styles. Tin options are typically painted to look decorative and some are even used as flower pots.

    Long Spout Watering Can

    When it comes to watering indoors, reach and design are what you should consider first. A long reach plant watering can will help you reach high-hanging plants, and an appealing design will look great in your home and make you want to pick up the can and use it.

    If you have hanging pots in your home and are wanting a watering can for indoor use, long spout watering cans are your best bet.

    Indoor Plant Misters

    Whether you need to spray your outdoor flowers with a light mist or give your indoor plants some water every so often, misting your plants will increase their levels of humidity.

    Since plants soak in nutrients and water through their root system, misting won’t add to that, but it will slow down water-loss through the blossoms and leaves. Choosing whether to gently water from below or to mist from the leaves will require that you look at the advantages of both options.

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