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Watering Cans

After several years service, the plastic on my existing 'Boots' 10L watering can became brittle and broke.

I decided to buy a larger 13L can made by Ward.
I thought this would mean fewer trips back to the garden tap to refill it.
What I didn't realise is that it is supplied with a large oversized rose.
Consequently the water empties more quickly than my old 10L can.

What I need is a smaller and/or finer rose.
However, the spout is also oversized (25mm), so standard roses will not fit.

Does anyone know where I can get a fine spray rose that fits a 25mm spout?
Alternatively a tapered adapter so I can fit a standard rose?


  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,403
    I have one of those Boots cans and it#s my favourite - well balanced, narrow spout for watering individual plants, light enough so I can lift it to reach the back of the GH staging, can dip in the water butt and  lift out full, unlike the larger ones that half empty cos you can only get them out at an angle. Just perfect. Mine is ancient but still  hanging in there, when it dies I will go back to an even older galvanised one that has all the same qualities except for being heavier. Good design counts for something :)
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,161
    Can you poke something into the rose you already have?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,786
    I have Ward 10l watering cans that also have the wide spouts (2 of them, I find it easier on my back to carry one in each hand). I mostly use them without the roses on though, to water at the base of plants under the foliage. I stop when enough water has come out rather than after a particular time, so unless you need a fine rose for seedlings I think maybe it's just a case of adjusting your technique to the faster flow. It'll get the whole job done faster in the end!
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • brian_mkbrian_mk Posts: 4
    I wasn't impressed with the quality of the Ward watering can for another reason...

    The handle had sharp ridges along the top and bottom where the two halves of the injection mould join. They dig into your hand making it uncomfortable to hold - especially when it's full of water.
    I had to use a stanley knife and emery paper to try and smooth off the ridges.

  • brian_mkbrian_mk Posts: 4
    The 13L can is sold by Homebase.
    If you look on their web page, the photo they have is actually a 6L can made by Verve!

    I only discovered this after visiting the store. The ones on the shelf made by Ward look completely different.

    To me, the Verve design looks better than the Ward, but they don't make a 13L version.

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,786
    I though Verve was a B&Q own brand - every day's a schoolday :) . Homebase closed both of the branches that I could get to so I don't use them any more.
    Mine are these 2 gallon ones - cheap and cheerful, and they do the job, good fast flow (unless there's a snail in the spout). I don't have the problem with the moulding but I guess it could vary from batch to batch. My only minor issue is that the continuous handle can feel a bit unbalanced when I first start pouring from a full can. As I said, I rarely use the roses.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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