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How Do I Choose the Best Outdoor Plant Stand?

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An outdoor plant stand can come in many different styles, which can make choosing one a difficult task. Deciding the type of stand you want, how many plants it should hold, and how the of the stand is constructed can help you narrow down the choices. To choose the best outdoor plant stand, take these factors into consideration along with price and your personal style preference.

One of the first things you should do before purchasing an outdoor plant stand is to evaluate the space where you will put it. Knowing the alloted amount of room you have and the type of stand that will work best in that space will make your decision easier. Stands differ in size, height, width and depth.

Plant stands can be divided into two groups — single pot stands and multiple pot stands. A single pot stand holds only one plant, and the two most popular types of single stands are table-style and pedestal. Multiple pot stands have several tiers or shelves and hold two or more plants. There are many different types of multiple pot stands, including baker's rack stands, ladder stands, tiered stands, and shelved plant stands.

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Metal is often used to construct plant stands, with wrought iron being one of the most common of them. Wood, resin, wicker, and powder-coated steel are also used. Consider where the stand will be placed and how the weather might affect it. Most outdoor plant stands are constructed with the elements in mind, and many will have a weather-resistant painted finish.

Choose a stand that is sturdy enough to hold the plants you will be putting on it. Not only should the stand be able to hold the weight of the potted plants, the pots should fit comfortably on the shelves. If you are looking for a stand to be used seasonally, consider a folding stand that can be stored when not in use.

Decorative accents are something else to look for. Some iron stands have decorative scrollwork. A table-style stand might also have a ceramic tile or glass top. Color is another decorative aspect of an outdoor plant stand that you should consider. Common colors are black, white, and bronze.

Plant stands can be purchased in stores that sell gardening supplies as well as in some department stores and online. Prices vary depending upon the size, style, and material of the stand. Flower pots are usually sold separately, so if your plants are not already potted, take the cost of the pots into consideration when determining your budget.

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