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How to Stabilize a Plant Stand That Falls Over and Is Not Stable

By Tracy Morris ; Updated September 21, 2017
Tie unstable plant stands to deck railing to prevent them tipping over.
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Plant stands are decorative elements designed to elevate plants above floor level to make them more visible. A plant stand may be a single tripod that supports one plant, or it may be a large, multilevel stand used to hold several plants. But when the stand is poorly designed, placed on an unstable surface, positioned in high winds that can push the stand over, or the plants placed on the stand are heavier than the stand itself, the plant stand may become unstable. You can stabilize an unsteady plant stand by making it heavier, or by anchoring it in place.

Remove plants from the plant stand.

Select heavy, decorative objects such as marble spheres, bricks that are the same color as your d├ęcor, flower pots filled with river stone or heavy and interesting stones to counterbalance the weight of the plant.

Place the heavy objects in the bottom of the planter to add ballast and balance out the weight of the plant on the top of the planter.

Wire planters to a nearby location. Wire planters on a deck to the deck railing to hold them in place and prevent tipping. Indoors, secure plant stands to walls with brackets.


Things You Will Need

  • Marble sphere
  • Bricks
  • Flower pots
  • River stone
  • Heavy rock
  • Wire
  • Mounting brackets

About the Author


Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.