How to pick the right pot or hanger...
Iron Ivy Is designed for every plant! Many of our hangers, trellises and stands come in different sizes to accomodate many standard sized pots. Here are some tips for picking the right size piece for your plants or the right size pot for your new hanger!
For conical shaped pots like traditional terracotta, first check the bottom and lip of the pot, it may have the size stamped on it.
To measure the pot simply measure the width across the top at the widest point.
Once you know the width you can pick an Iron Ivy pot size that is smaller that your pot width (so it doesn't slip through)
For round or odd shaped pots you want to measure the widest point or below the widest point at where you want the pot to sit.
You'll need a piece of string or a flexible measuring tape and a calculator, measure around the widest point. then measure your string, or record the number on the tape.
now multiply that number by 3.4
(Circumfurence x 3.4 = Diameter )
The final number is your width (diameter) of where you measured.
You can use this method for almost any shape pot.
Tips for picking a pot for your hanger...
When picking a pot for your new plant hanger or stand, there are a few things to keep in mind...
Texture - Smooth surfaces are best. While powder coated steel is weather proof and resilient, it can be scratched by rough or sharp surfaces.
Weight - Consider the weight of the pot itself, now add the weight of the plant and soil and weight after watering. Iron Ivy hangers are super strong and will not bend out of shape but keep in mind what you're hanging it from.
Drainage - If your plant hanger is going to be installed up high and you can't be bothered getting the ladder out every week for watering why not consider a self watering pot? These pots have a catchment reservoir under the soil and roots which provide extra moisture to the plant when its needed, resulting in less frequent watering and saving your back!
Aesthetic- You can use any pot really! Decorative pots often don't have drainage holes in them and this can be a recipe for disaster if you're not careful about watering! but don't fret! that beautiful ornate pot without drainage that you've been waiting to use will do just fine! just keep your plant in its plastic nursery pot and place it in the decorative pot. This method creates a reservoir below the potting mix similarly to a self-watering pot.
There are endless options for plant pots these days! it all depends on your plants needs and personal preference. Above are some suggestions for pot shapes and materials including ceramic glazed pots, recycled-plastic self-watering pots, glass vases and terrariums and terracotta pots and bowls.
Many of Iron Ivy's designs are available with interchangeable pot rings so the hanger can grow with the plant! Pot rings can be purchased separately and are made to suit pots between 125mm to 200mm wide.