Plants upside down

All good things come from above, why not plants. Boskke, a company from New Zealand, shows how.

With its innovative design the Sky Planter defys gravity. The unique upside-down planter encourages abundant greenery at home and at work, without sacrificing floor space.

But how do you stop the soil from falling out?

According to the company a simple locking disc or ceramic collar fits around the stem of the plant and connects to the planter body with small tabs, much like a tea pot lid. A plastic mesh is also included that can be cut to fit around the plant stem and sit on top of the soil as added protection against soil falling.

Several years of testing found that a small amount of soil may initially fall out when the Sky Planter is first hung, but it will quickly compact and stabilise, say the inventors.

And the maintenance? Just water from above.

A porous ceramic reservoir sits at the top of the Sky Planter and connects with the soil. It’s filled through a small hole at the top of the planter and water is gradually released into the soil by diffusion. This means most of the water reaches the plant roots directly, reducing evaporation and conserving water.

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