ORTO Self Watering Planter Box 131 x 42 x 54cm
Material: Cypress - 3 Boards High
Outside Dimensions: L 131 x W 42 x H 54cm (plus allow 3cm for overflow pipe on end)
Max Soil Depth = 30cm
Water Storage = 40 Litres
Soil / potting mix required = 5 of 25L bags (125L)
Orto self-watering planter boxes include an internal wicking bed that feeds your plants water from below. You don't need to be an experienced gardener or have perfect soil conditions to grow your own fresh healthy herbs and vegies. Orto is an closed system that can be placed on any surface with a enough sunlight. You simply fill the water reservoir as required and harvest food as it grows. The water reservoir and overflow system mean you cannot over water your plants by mistake, and they will grow happily when you are away on holiday.
The internal water reservoir is a 5mm thick food-grade plastic tub fitted with an outlet at the base that controls water levels and allows for easy draining when required. Wicking beds are increasingly popular for urban veggie gardens because they save 50% water usage and optimise growth by providing exactly the right amount of soil moisture in the root zone. Orto wicking beds include a reservoir level checker and overflow pipe so that you cannot overwater your plants. You can see the wicking process explained more thoroughly in our FAQ section.
Orto planter boxes are hand made in Footscray at our co-operative workshop. You are welcome to come and see us at work or alternatively, check out the functioning Orto boxes in some of Melbourne's most delicious fresh food conscious cafes.
Our Cypress timber is from sustainable Australian sources certified under Sustainable Forest Management AS47082013. Cypress has a class 1 durability rating due to its natural oils and will last outdoors above ground for forty years. No chemicals or preservatives are used in the treatment of our timber, and we further extend longevity with a plastic liner preventing soil or water from contact with the timber.
The "Soil and Plants Package" is an option to help get you started. We will call you to check which plants you prefer and always try to meet your requirements given seasonal availability. Note that we can ship anywhere in Australia but can only do the soil and plant set up in Melbourne.
Choose between timber feet or castors for no charge. Castors are suitable for hard flat surfaces ie. timber decks, pavers or cement. On softer surfaces like grass or gravel driveways, timber feet are recommended. Please choose which suits you best.
Delivery charge is from $59 per order based on your distance from Melbourne CBD. Pick up for free is also available from Footscray.
Delivery time is 1-4 weeks.