Frequently Asked Questions and Handy Tips:
When people see the Sky Planter for the first time, it’s not uncommon for them to do a double-take and then come back with one of several perfectly reasonable queries: How does it work? Why doesn’t the soil fall out? How do you water it? And our favourite: don’t they mind being upside down? We thought we’d take this opportunity to address these, along with a few other frequently asked questions.
It’s actually very simple. The combination of a plastic mesh and teapot-style locking mechanism keeps everything where it’s supposed to be, and the low tech but ingenious Slo-Flo reservoir gradually releases water into the soil from above, so there’s no mess. As for what the plants make of their unconventional home, the fact is that as long as their basic needs are being met then most plants will actually flourish. Just like in a conventional planter, they simply need appropriate levels of light, water and food. The stems and leaves turn to seek the light, and the roots grow up into the soil. The result is healthy but unique and beautiful plants.
What should I plant in my Sky Planter?
Experiment! Most normal house plants will take to the Sky Planter but we recommend a common-sense approach. Consider the thickness and number of the stems - you’ll need them to fit comfortably within the locking collar. Also think about the specific needs of the species. For example, Bromeliads like to hold water in their ‘cup’ (the centre of the plant) so they aren’t really suitable, whereas Ivy and Pothos like to trail, so they work particularly well.
So where should I hang the Sky Planter?
Safety first – it’s important to make sure that whatever you hang your Sky Planter from is a secure anchor point. And don’t put it anywhere where people will bump their heads! Apart from that, just be creative. The corner of a room is often a neglected space and the Sky Planter can work beautifully to bring it alive. Hanging a flowering shrub or an orchid low over the dining table makes for a wonderful centerpiece as well as an unusual talking point for your guests. Framing it in a sunny window looks fabulous from inside and outside too.
But again, make sure you match your plant to a suitable environment. Ask yourself whether this particular variety would do well in a traditional planter in any given spot. Are the light levels suitable? Is there a draught? And is it easily accessible for watering?
How often should I water it? And what about plant food?
The plant’s roots will draw the water it needs though the terracotta Slo-Flo reservoir, so with most common house-plants it’s simply a case of topping up the reservoir from time to time. But we also advise that you monitor the health of the plant. For example, some varieties like to be given a little extra attention with a spray-mister. In the case of less demanding species, like succulents, it’s a good idea to reduce the frequency of watering, and allow the reservoir to dry out between refills.
You can simply add water-soluble liquid plant food to the reservoir (but make sure you refer to the manufacturer’s instructions).
If you have another question please don't hesitate to contact us directly and one of our team will be happy to assist you!