As someone who has struggled for years to keep houseplants happy and healthy — and alive —  I can tell that watering is often where I go wrong. While I rarely fail to keep them hydrated, I’m often too generous when applying the watering can — a gradual, conservative watering plan is often the way to go when, instead, I near-drown them with a sudden deluge of H2O on a once-weekly basis.

Yes, I binge water. But I binge water with only the best intentions.

Sporting a cute raincloud-shaped reservoir with five small openings in its bottom that hovers above a small integrated flowerpot, Korean designer Seungbin Jeong’s wall-mounted Rainy Pots system aims to prevent inadvertent houseplant-murder-by-overwatering while also injecting an ample dose of whimsy.

A description over at the Spark Awards, where the cute/helpful design was a finalist:

Enjoy the scene of raindrops for your plant when you pour water on the ‘Rainy Pot’ and its adorable design makes a great interior decoration. It has two great benefits. The first one is emotionality. The plants in natural environment grow healthily by fresh raindrops showered down from clouds. But the plants that are removed from natural environment to indoors are watered by people instead of natural raindrops. The Rainy Pot serves to create a similar environment as in nature that encourages childlike emotions to grownups and playfully educates children the ecological movement of nature. The other one is functionality. In general the plants that are grown indoors have weak and shallow roots. When too much water is given, the plants too get stressed and the roots decomposes and dies. When people water their plants at home it is quite the hassle having to move the plants outside to prevent the mess from spilling and leaking. However, the Rainy Pot holds the water in its cloud-shaped tub and provides even amount of water drops in timely fashion. The Rainy Pot helps the users watering the plants with hassle-free and keeps the beauty and health of the plants.
Jeong’s concept — no word when on if or when it will become commercially available — also received an honorable mention in the 2013 Red Dot Design Awards.

Via [Spark Awards] via [PSFK]

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Adorable Rainy Pots prevent overwatering, houseplant homicide
They're cute, they're practical and they're here to help you keep parched houseplants alive through gradual, evenly distributed watering.