How Do They Work?

graphic displaying how Aquapots work
Nutrient-infused water continually feeds the plants without any runoff or waste.
AquaPots use 75% less water than drip irrigation systems with no tubing.
Overflow channels eliminate the risk of overwatering.
Simply top off the water tank once per week.
Heavy duty components assemble and disassemble easily with no tools required.

How to Plant Your Aquapot

The AquaPots Story

Jack Barnwell

Aquapots were born out of necessity. In 2014, Jack Barnwell started a company in Naples, Florida, called C3 Gardens. He wanted to develop a company focused almost exclusively on beautiful container combinations for commercial and residential properties in southwest Florida, and felt there was enough of a market there to specialize in it.

With a successful landscape company in Michigan, Jack had a very good understanding, over the last decade, of the desired look that many customers wanted, but also knew that level of quality was not currently being offered. He also knew that to have successful container plantings, they had to either be hooked up to a drip irrigation line or hand watered daily for best results. However, those two options created multiple headaches from a logistical standpoint of reliability and staffing.

Aquapots on a front porch

Partnering with long time friend and greenhouse owner Tom Smith of Four Star Greenhouse, together they realized the best way to water plants, hands down, was through sub-irrigation. Tom grows millions of small plants on vast flood floors that water the plant from the bottom up and thus keep the foliage completely dry. Jack and Tom started to experiment with how to develop this technology into gorgeous ceramic containers that would function well while also looking spectacular.

closeup of several Aquapots

Jack had been using this beautiful pottery for quite a few years in both northern Michigan and Florida for enhancing landscape projects and knew that it was by far the most beautiful glazed pottery on the market. So, it was the natural next step to see if it was possible to integrate Aquapots technology at the point of production in Vietnam. After honing the design there, Jack has taken them to the market nationwide.Now, the New AquaPots Lite series, and the AquaPots Inserts have opened the doors to even more gardeners by offering a light weight alternative, with the same incredible benefits AquaPots have become known for. With wonderful Distribution Partners, the best of industry marketing from Proven Winners, and top-quality products that works wonderfully from Michigan to Florida and everywhere in between, Aquapots are sure to live up to their name as “the finest in self-watering planters.”

“I’ll admit I was skeptical that they would work. However, after one full summer season of watering pots on our docks once a week as opposed to every other day, the labor savings alone paid for the entire collection of gorgeous pots! The plants and flowers looked amazing all season long.”
Chris Shepler – President, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, MI