So I've been contemplating buying a watering can for several months. Currently I'm using a Tupperware pitcher which works but I really have to be careful around newly emerged seedlings. I've had a few of the cheap plastic cans and either they spew out water unevenly or only work well when the can is at half capacity. What features interest me the most is a removeable rose and the ability to use the can when nearly full and not have water slosh out of the top. Two-gallon capacity would be nice. Metal or plastic doesn't really matter as long as the can works well. Wondering what everyone else uses?
emmsmommy ,desertwoman , My favorite is the black can, galvanized and made in England. I bought these two at a flower shop that was going out of business for $5 each. The black can sells for about $125, holds 1-1/2 gallons, and that long spout gets you right into the center of your plant. I would say it's well worth $125 if I wanted to buy one and knew how well it worked.
I'll second martywny 's recommendation. I don't think you can get a better watering can at least for the ones I've tried.
Besides the metal tin versions which are obviously the best but quite expensive there is a plastic version that works pretty well. I have two which have survived the heat, UV and smog of southern California quite well. And that's somewhere where if you leave out a regular plastic bucket over summer I've had buckets of the type you'd get in home depot just shatter into a hundred pieces as the uv etc just destroyed them. So I'd say they are pretty good.
I also have the small copper haws watering can which is great and designed to water house plants. I find it perfect for watering seeds in module trays, it directs a small flow of water to a really specific area with ease. It'll also last a lifetime, after I bought mine I also inherited one that is at least 60 years old and still as good as new so if you get the copper one you'll be leaving it in your will.
They are quite difficult to source, the usual place I got my plastic ones from no longer sells them but I found this source
The worlds oldest watering can company, designed by a British farmer in the colonial service growing orchids for vanilla production in Mauritius in the late 1800's, still using the same design today. In between watering probably downing a few gin and tonics to keep malaria at bay too.
Thanks everyone! I do like the Haws heavy duty plastic watering can but everywhere I've found it is out of stock. Hopefully I can find one before spring.
it looks like the design is a little updated from the ones i have which isn't a bad thing. The rose on mine is part brass and part plastic and the base of the rose which is plastic can split over time, not too much of a trouble but a design fault. The new rose looks like its all brass.
I'd post something on their facebook page and ask if there are any available from any of their US distributors. If you look on there now theres a nice story of them restoring a can that someone sent in that was around 100 years old.