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I just received my Vivosun 5 Tier Stackable Planter and I am going to unbox it and set it up. They say it is for strawberries, flowers, herbs, and vegetables.
I am going to use it for strawberries and replace a DIY strawberry tower. It would be great for herbs too.
Stackable planters save floor space and are great for vertical gardening indoors or on a balcony, deck, or patio.
Vivosun 5 Tier Stackable Planter Unboxing
Stackable Planter Pot Details
Here is what the individual pots look like. You can see the grid that fits into the pot.
The pot itself has drainage holes. It also has ridges that keep the insert above the bottom of the pot.
This should provide drainage and avoid standing water in the pot itself.
This planter comes with a chain to hang a single plant if you want to. The instructions are not great but assembly is pretty obvious.
Just set the black grid in each pot. Then alternately stack the pots using their center post to lock them together.
The pots stack on top of each other and there is a centerpiece that is slightly taller than the pot. This piece fits into the center of the above pot.
While the unit is sturdy it would come apart if you knocked it over.
I think you could add a threaded rod with a washer and nut on each end and tighten it down if you are really concerned with stability.
Either way knocking it over is a bad idea so avoid doing so.
Improvements I Would Like To See
I would like to see this unit have interlocking pots for more stability. A system that allows the pot to lock onto a central pillar with a half-turn would be nice.
Because of the way the pots are set up bottom watering is not really an option.
One person suggested running drip irrigation down the center but that would just end up on the bottom tray as there is no way it can connect to the pots due to the way the centers of each pot are connected.
You could set up an external drip irrigation system with an emitter in each pot but I plan to just water from the top.
The water should perk down to the lower levels. If it doesn’t you can just use a watering can for each section.
I think you should water the top slowly to avoid water sitting in the bottom tray.
Filling It With Coco Coir
So I filled my planter with coco coir and now I am waiting for my Seascape Strawberry plants to arrive.
Seascape Strawberry Plants
My strawberry plants finally arrived. They are dormant so they look pretty dead but they aren’t.
Here is what they looked like:
They are a day-neutral variety which means they will fruit continuously. There are June-bearing strawberries and also everbearing strawberries that bear a crop in June and again in the fall, but I wanted day-neutral strawberries so I will have a continuous crop.
Here they are planted and they were planted yesterday afternoon and are already showing signs of life.
I think this is a good stackable planter. It is easy to assemble and fairly priced.
Growing up instead of out is the key to vertical gardening and the Vivosun Stackable Planter works well on balconies or limited spaces.
I am using it in my Apartment Kitchen Garden
I think it will work great for strawberries or herbs. The pots are not that large maybe about a half gallon or so.
I probably would not grow most vegetables in it, but flowers or trailing plants like pothos should do well.
You can find this stackable planter on Amazon here.