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CUP O FLORA Glass Self Watering Pot - Small Ribbed

$29.99 NZD

No guesswork. No water worries! Utterly beautiful. This gorgeous game-changer is the Cup O Flora in Small Ribbed. Pretty and practical.

Award-winning design

Award-winning. Simple, self-watering system. Allows you to monitor your plant's root health and moisture level with ease. Popular for African Violets, baby houseplants, ferns, lucky bamboo, palms and more.

No more constant water-level checks like you have to with non see-through pots. No panic-stations when you realise you entirely forgot to water a plant and it's suddenly on death's door. No over-watering either.

Cup O Flora make gorgeous, unique gifts too, especially given already planted. Even better if it's with a baby you grew yourself.

Made of Borosilicate glass

Saved for special vessels - like the 'bubble' Bodum glasses - Borosilicate glass has very high thermal shock fracture resistance. Most glass in the world is soda-lime. That's the cheap stuff that everything from fizzy-drink bottles to windows are made of.

Borosilicate glass handles more extreme temperatures, and sudden temperature changes, better than soda-lime. It's so resistant to chemicals - stopping them leaching into the glass - it's used for contamination prevention in lab equipment.

That means your new Cup O Flora can handle going from sitting in hot, direct sunlight, to having fresh cold water poured in, and fertiliser and minerals from your tap water won't leach in to the glass over time. Better for your plants. Longer lifetime for you. No cheap throw-away here.


What's in the box?

Each Cup O Flora is actually two pots. The outer pot holds the water. The removable inner pot holds the plant and substrate. The inner pot has a small hole in the bottom, which the wick goes through. The wick (included) is silk ribbon, which can (and should) be replaced over time.

You can use other wick materials instead, just make sure they have high enough absorbency. I'd just buy a little pack of ribbon from Spotlight or the supermarket and keep using what Cup O Flora recommends.


*Please note plants shown are not included*

How big is the Small Ribbed?

The outer pot measures a smidge over 8.6cm tall x 11.2cms wide, and inner pot measures 6cms tall x 5.5cms wide. The Mini is taller (10cm), and slimmer, with no ribs, and the Small is taller again (11cm), also plain, not ribbed.


What substrate can you use?

Use with soil, bark. leca, perlite, hydromixfern fibre... any substrate that fits and matches your plant's needs. Best with a free-draining mix that provides a balance of water absorption for moisture, and drainage for oxygen. 

How do you use it?

Thread the wick (supplied), through the hole in the bottom of the inner pot so half the wick is in the pot, and half out. Pop in your substrate and plant. Add about 2cms of water to the bottom of the outer pot. Then put your inner pot inside (double-checking the wick is in the water). Done!

Top up with fresh water when the water level gets low. 
I recommend using fertiliser, even more important if your substrate is inorganic (like vermiculite) that doesn't supply any nutrients. Look for fertiliser suitable for hydro and leca, like Dyna Gro Foliage Pro, or Plant Runner. For a growth boost try Groconut.

How high should the water be?

The water level in the outer pot should be slightly below the bottom of the inner pot, so substrate and roots don't get 'wet feet'. That's about 2cms or so of water.

How does wick watering work?

Roots absorb water from the substrate. As the substrate dries, it replenishes water through the wick, from the water reservoir in the outer pot. Wick watering keeps plants moist at the level they want to be, and saves that horrible panic when you realise your precious plant is on death's door because you forgot to water it. It also means less frequent watering.

For a plant that might normally dry out in less than a week, Cup O Flora tends to more than double that time, requiring topping up every 2 to 3 weeks instead. There's no exact amount of time though, as plant, substrate, conditions and time of year all factor in to how fast a plant uses the water in the reservoir. 

Wick watering is great for inconsistent schedules, frequent travelers, and those with busy lives (um, so everyone?), and when you have to leave your plants in someone else's care, but don't want well-meaning housemates over-water. Wick watering also helps prevent root rot from overwatering or oxygen deficiency, as roots take in what they need, when they need it.


Cup O Flora Reviews

"I started my collection of African Violets a year ago when lockdown began. As the collection grew the watering process became tedious. I’ve repotted few of my plants and they look absolutely divine. What a joy! Thank you very much for the functional yet elegant design." Marina Preman

"It is so easy to keep my houseplants well watered now. And they are very pretty pots. Love them!" Julie Johnson Bradbury

Shipping and Delivery


Flat rate shipping is $5.50 nationwide (or $9.50 for rural). Add as many products to your order as you like without paying anything extra for shipping. The only exceptions are plants and fragile or oversize products (like handmade pottery and coffee table books), which have their own rates. 

For $2 you can upgrade to signature required. Well worth it for anything valuable or limited edition that can't be replaced. Choosing signature required also gives both of us the ability to claim if anything goes wrong with the courier. Signature required is flat rate $7.50 nationwide (or $12.50 for rural).


Everything showing in stock online, is in stock right here, right now, in Auckland NZ, ready to pack and ship. No drop shipping from other countries. No delays.



Orders ship every week-day, Monday to Friday (except plants which only ship Mondays and Tuesdays). For everything else, if you order before 8pm Sunday through Thursday, your order's likely to be on the courier at 8am first thing, the next morning. Zoom zoom!


Normal delivery is 1 to 2 working days. Some regions can take longer, 3 to 4 working days is normally the longest wait, depending on where you're based (I'm based in Auckland).  

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"Anna was brilliant. Order placed and sent the next day. Received in awesome packaging. Couldn’t ask for more... will definitely use you again and again and again. Highly recommend." Scott Guthrie 

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