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How Do I Choose the Best Tiered Plant Stand?

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A tiered plant stand is one that has several shelves for placing plants. They may be indoor plant stands, outdoor plant stands, wooden plant stands, wrought iron plant stands, or stone plant stands. Regardless of the material used to construct the tiered plant stand, choosing the best tiered plant stand should be based on budget, function, and style.

Since a tiered plant stand can range in price from less than $20 US Dollars (USD) to well over $100 USD, it is best to decide on a budget before shopping. If the stand is just a single addition to an already decorated room or outdoor space, the budget does not have to be large. When planning a large scale makeover or starting from scratch, make a list of all of the items needed, including the plant stand. Once the total list is completed, determining how much money is available for each item in the budget should be easier. Having the budgeted amount set aside prior to starting the project will help keep the shopping trip more streamlined and prevent spur of the moment purchases.

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After the budget amount is set, consider what function the tiered plant stand needs to perform. If its function is merely to hold a single plant, a plain wooden or even plastic plant stand should suffice. For stands that are meant to hold various sized or varieties of plants, it is important to measure the dimensions of the stand to ensure it will be able to hold the plants once they mature.

For plants with large foliage such as ferns, the stand should have a deeper well to sit the plant in so there is less danger of the stand toppling over. For plant stands intended to be used for seedlings or small plants, choose a more shallow well so the foliage can be seen over the top of the stand. Remember to take into account how far over the edge the mature plants will fall so the top plant does not block sunlight from the plants in the tiers below.

Style is another consideration when choosing the best tiered plant stand. Since plant stands are available in a nearly endless number of styles, consider what the room or outdoor space currently has as a theme. For example, a wrought iron plant stand works well with Spanish style architecture while terracotta plant stands work best with Southwestern or adobe style architecture. Traditional or colonial spaces typically employ wooden painted planters. Also, it is important to note that indoor plant stands do not have to be weather-resistant, while outdoor plant stands should be able to resist rust or splitting if subjected to rain and snow.

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