You know those plant stands that you find in discount stores? The ones that are made of wire, metal, or wood that often have three legs, but just don’t seem very sturdy?
Don’t buy them. Just don’t do it. When you’ve got one of your favorite ceramic pots with your favorite fern sitting on it and it topples over, leaving you with a broken pot and dirt everywhere, you won’t be happy. Trust me, I speak from experience.
I have many indoor plants around my house. In winter, the number of plants in my house goes up as I move some outdoor plants inside to overwinter.
A rickety plant stand is not going to serve the purpose for my needs. I need a good, solid stand that can not only hold several plants but also last for several years as I move it around indoors and out.
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Review of the Plant Stand Trio from Gardener’s Supply: 3 Metal Stands for Multiple Plants
I decided to give the Plant Stand Trio from Gardener’s Supply Company a try. I bought my set about 7 years ago (in 2010) and I still use them today. They are incredibly sturdy and versatile. After 7 years, they are showing a tiny bit of rust around the screws, but then again, I’ve used mine outdoors in the rain as well as inside. That’s not bad for 7 years.
The Plant Stand Trio stands are made of powder-coated black steel with four legs that a little less than 1” square – making them very sturdy. You can fit about 3 large houseplants on each stand or four or five smaller plants. They are sturdy and level, so that you don’t have to worry about the stands tipping over.
The tallest stand is approximately 27 inches high and 33 inches wide. The medium-sized stand is about 22 inches tall and 30 inches wide. The smallest stand is 16 inches tall and 27 inches wide. All stands are 10 inches deep.
Here’s a photo of my 3 stands with some of my indoor plants on them. Photo was taken in January 2016 on a rare sunny day 🙂
In the summer I place the plant stands under my carport and put some of my indoor plants on them. This allows them to get a little but of sun and fresh air but provides them with some protection from the elements. In the winter I move the stands indoors to use for houseplants and other plants that I am overwintering.
These three plant stands have been able to withstand the tests of time and weather pretty well. While they aren’t in the elements all of the time, they do occasionally get wet during strong thunderstorms in the summer. There is a little bit of rust in a few small places on two of them, but not much wear and tear is showing for their age and usage (and how many times I move them around).
There is some assembly required on these stands, but it is pretty simple and should take no more than 30-45 minutes in total.
Here is my take on the quality and functionality of these stands.
- They are sturdy, so there is no worry of them falling over from weight of plants
- They are good quality, so they will last for many years.
- They are attractive. They have a clean, simple style and look great in a modern décor.
- The tallest stand is at perfect window height for small plants
- Each stand holds 2-3 large houseplants or 4-5 smaller ones
- They are easy to assemble
- They are nesting so when not using one or two you can store them easily.
- They are versatile – use them together or one stand at a time
- They are easy to move around. I even push mine around with the vacuum when I need to get behind it.
- The tiered style of the stands allows each level of plants to get sun at a window
- They aren’t super light. Each stand weighs about 8-9 pounds (my scale kept waffling on the exact weight). If you have trouble lifting things, this could be a problem for you. It’s best to use two hands.
- Just like any metal item if used out doors over a time it will start to rust. I had this happen with my metal outdoor furniture. However, you can restore them with a little elbow grease.
- Smaller pots need to be sure they are arranged to hit two of the horizontal slats to be sturdy. The slats area little less than 3/4 inch wide with a gap of about 2 inches in between, so small pots (4 inches in diameter or less) must be carefully arranged.
- The cost is a factor. They aren’t cheap, but they’ll last several years (Mine are 7 years old now).
- They have to be assembled. I hate assembling products, but, like I said earlier, these are easy to do.
Overall, if you’re looking for a set of multi-purpose, quality plant stands that will last for years to come, I would recommend the Plant Stand Trio from Gardener’s Supply to you in a heartbeat. I love mine and I hope you will love yours too. Here’s a quick link if you’re interested in making a purchase: