By request, I finally got the tippy pot post done. Since I had to move the pots since they got overgrown by the burning bush (way to think ahead, Lori) – I thought I would show how super duper easy these are.
Inexpensive, too. Both things near and dear to my heart. 😀
You need basically 6 things:
- A 48 inch inch piece of rebar. You can find this at a home improvement store in standard lengths (about $2.50). If you can find a longer one, you can make a bigger tower, but you need to pound it further into the ground. FYI.
- Four 8-inch terra cotta pots
- A small rock for tipping the first pot
- A hammer
- Measuring device (tape measure, ruler, etc)
- Dirt and plants of choice
First, measure 12 inches on the rebar and mark it. This is how far you need to pound the rebar into the ground unless you want your tippy pots to become tipped over pots. Use the hammer and pound away!
Now please make sure that you know where you are doing this and aren’t going to hit any buried cable, gas or water lines.
Take your small rock or piece of wood or whatever that will go underneath one side of the pot to keep it tipped over and place it on the ground:
Next, thread the first pot on the pole. It’s easier to do this empty, but I had to disassemble this and it already had the plants in it. It still works. The trick is to tilt the pot so the rebar is passing through at an angle. You need to make sure your pot drainage holes are big enough to tip (otherwise they just sit straight up). Most terra cotta pots are all the same.
The pot lip should be resting against the rebar as above.
Next, put the second pot on and tip it the opposite way of the first pot, sliding it down the rebar at an angle.
See where this is going?
Stack the other 2 pots on the same way.
Then put some much around the bottom to hide the base and voila!
I also did one with plastic pots. I had to use a 1/2 drill to put a hole in the bottom of the plastic ones. This is a 12 inch pot and three 8 inch pots.
If you use plastic ones, make sure they are thick enough to support weighted pots above them. These are a little thin and the first pot is squished a bit. Lesson learned. I put wave petunias in this one, so I will have to show how it looks later in the season – not to mention I need something for the bottom pot!
If you want to do these on a patio or porch, just use an old coffee can or something to pour cement in and set the rebar in it to make it weighted. Then place the weighted rebar in a pot flat on the ground (like the above picture) and build up.
Also, anything can be tipped like galvanized buckets, old watering cans, etc. It’s a very creative medium. You just need to be able to drill a hole in it!
On a final note, I had to share a picture of my big bearded iris that is now blooming! This is the boysenberry buttercup.