Plant stands come in about as many types as there are plants. They can hold a single plant or provide support for numerous plants. Some are for indoor use, but the vast majority finds their homes on porches, patios and in other outdoor locations. Plant stands can be decorative or practical, costly or inexpensive, manufactured of plastic or organically made. Your intended use, budget and personal taste will all play a role in choosing just the plant stand for your needs.
Plant stands come in a variety of materials, from plastic to metal, from resin to wood. Cast iron plant stands can be quit elaborate, sturdy and potentially expensive. Resin and plastic are lighter in weight and often have a more modern look. Wood plant stands can be made at home or purchased complete. They come finished in an assortment of finishes and colors that complement any decor.
The issue of safety for your plants, yourself and others can be a serious issue. The plant stand needs to be level and stable. It should also be sturdy enough to withstand a slight bump or breeze. If it is too light weight, even the weight of plants upon it may not keep it from tumbling in a strong gust. Should the plant stand wobble on a level surface, the added weight of plants, particularly as they grow, can cause the stand to tip, causing injury to the plants or nearby people.
Wind can cause a lot of upheaval if the plant stand is set in an open, exposed area. Excessive rain, sunlight, heat and cold can also damage plant stands. Oxidation of metal components, drying and cracking or resin or plastic pieces and warping or splitting of wooden units are all possible effects weather can have on plant stands.
The type and size of the plants you want to display as well as the location they will occupy can have an impact on the size of the stand you need. Tiny violets or little cactus plants need little more than a pedestal, while expansive ferns and wave petunias will grow and spread throughout the season, requiring a more substantial support system. If your potted plant collection will be growing, consider a plant stand that will accommodate your future plans as well as your current needs.
Making your own plant stand allows you control the cost to some degree, but this is not always practical. Cost varies according to the size and materials of construction of plant stand you buy. Buying from an upscale supplier as opposed to a large discount chain store will impact your bottom line as well. Plant stands can start around $40 and go into the hundreds of dollars.