The Quest For A Hanging Pot
My quest for a hanging pot dragged on - everything was too heavy, too ugly or too expensive. See what I came up with & what's planted in it.
I live in Santa Barbara where gardens are lived in all year long and garden centers are plentiful. Do you think I could find a hanging pot I liked? I also looked down in the San Diego area. You would think with the multitudes more people and nurseries down there that I could find a pot. Nope. Nada. No way. The quest was still on for something modern, with no complicated details or designs going on.
I came across the standard plastic pot and hanger in drab green and icky orange everywhere I looked. The ceramic and wood ones weren’t bad but way too heavy. I was going to hang the pot in the my loquat tree over my mailbox and next to my front steps. The tree doesn’t have a lot of big branches so I didn’t want to put a strain on it. Besides, I didn’t want to wipe out my mailman! I did find a groovy one made of composite materials but at $69, that was more than I wanted to spend.
Here’s the low bowl became a hanging pot:
Lucy and I stopped in at La Sumida (a local nursery known for their selection of roses) last year in search of a Spineless Yucca to take a picture of for our then upcoming houseplant book. We didn’t find the plant but in the houseplant section was a EcoForms display and I saw a low bowl in a coral color. Bingo! Not only was it $8 and exactly the size and weight I wanted, but all their products are earth friendly and sustainable. My now hanging pot is made from recycled rice hulls. How sweet is that.
I drilled 3 holes near the rim of the bowl in triangular shape so it would hang evenly and then reinforced around each hole with a circle of epoxy. I bought a plain 24″ silver hanger for $2 and decided to spray paint it purple. This quest started because I wanted a String of Bananas plant and decided it needed to hang so I could look straight at all those trails. Oh plants, sometimes they send you on a wild goose chase!
The pot is now planted with the String Of Bananas and 3 strings of Grey Fish Hooks which I propagated off 1 of my own plants. It looks a little bare now but the whole thing will be filled in by the end of summer. Both of these plants grow like crazy and their trails get really long. A happy, and inexpensive, ending to my quest.
I wrapped twine jute rope around the branch a couple of times so the pot could hang. This won’t cut into the tree & scar it. I tied the hook of the hanger to the rope o it wouldn’t slip off.
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