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My Favorite Plant Pot – Wallygro!

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I never thought that I could fall in love with a plant pot, but I did. It’s a true love story. Haha I can’t recall how I stumbled upon Wallygo.com, but thank goodness that I did! I had been doing some research on plant pots that could hang on the wall since I wanted to create a Living Wall of houseplants. You can read all about that (here).

Not only did the fact that their pots hung on the wall with a simple screw pull me in, but the real kicker is when I read that the pots are made from 100% recycled material. Reading this quickly got my attention!  To date, Wallygo has diverted over 8 million plastic containers from oceans and landfills!!! I was hooked, and I wanted to support their mission. If you ever feel too “little” to make a change in this world, start by supporting companies that are doing that very thing!

Why I Love Wally Eco Pots

How they Make the Wally Eco Pots

The plants I used for my Living Wall

You are not limited to just these plants. I choose these because they have simular watering routines.

Potting Method that I Use

Below I am sharing my routine. I have repotted over 40 plants in the Wally Eco pots. See the photos below.

  1. New Plant routine
    • Upon bringing the plant home from the store, check for plant pests, give the plant a good wash, and treat it with neem oil (preventative maintenance).
    • If you find plant pests, once treated, keep the plant quarantined for 2-4 weeks before adding to your other plants.
  2. Water the plant
    • Start by watering your plant thoroughly a day or two before, or lightly water just before to help avoid transplant shock and keep the rootball together.
  3. Remove the plant
    •  Gently remove your plant from its pot by turning it sideways, supporting the main stem in one hand, and pulling the pot away with your other hand.
    • If you are having trouble getting it out of the pot, use a knife to loosen the soil around the edges of the container.
  4. Prepare the Wally Eco pot
    • Remove the divider and hardware from the base of the post. Flip the divide into the pot, making sure that it snaps into place. The planter will come with these instructions; I am sharing how I go about it.
    • Clean your planter with hot, soapy water and pat dry. The planters are also dishwasher safe!
    • Place a piece of Press n’ Seal over the watering reservoir.  After repotting over  40 plants in these pots, I found this to be most helpful! This prevents soil from getting into this space while you are monkeying around with the soil and plant. Trust me on this one. See photos
    • Pour a layer of fresh potting mix into the planter and pack it down, creating new space for roots to grow.
  5. Place your plant
    • Place your plant-centered and upright in its new home and add potting mix around it until it is secure.
    • Make sure to pack the soil in until it reaches above the perforated holes in the divider, or water may run over the top of the soil and out the front panel.
    • You will want to make sure the soil is packed down tight when planting to avoid air pockets and ensure that soil is filled to cover the top holes of the reservoir panel.
    • Gently remove the Press n’ Seal, making sure that no soil drops in the watering reservoir.
  6. Finishing touches
    • Once your plant is in place, give it another rinse to settle it in its new home.
    • It will take a couple of weeks to recover from repotting, and in that time, it may need more frequent watering than usual, but keep it away from direct sun and hold off on fertilizing until it’s back to normal.

Watering Method

The Wally Eco features a built-in water channel that feeds roots directly and can decrease total watering by up to 75%.

  1. Water directly into the back channel of your Wally Eco by filling it to the top in one pour (roughly 2 cups of water).
    • I use a measuring cup to assure that I don’t overwater the plant.
    • If you SLOWLY pour UNMEASURED water into the water reservoir, you risk overwatering the plant.
  2. Stop and wait for the water to be absorbed by the soil.  When watered correctly, the soil will absorb the water before reaching the front panel. Some of the holes in the front panel (see photos for close up) are purposely open, and some are not fully pushed through. Leave them as-is.
  3. Depending on the plant, that’s all the water your plant should need for 1-2 weeks.
  4. The water should not sit in the channel – if it does, that’s a sure sign that your soil is oversaturated with water!
  5. Their technology helps to aerate the soil, avoiding root rot.
  6. IF creating a Living Wall, I choose to use plants that have the same watering schedule. You don’t have to do this; it just makes my watering routine all that much easier.

Testing Soil Dryness

Use your finger or water meter to test the soil to see it is time to water; unless your plant likes moist soil at all times (as some tropicals do), a good rule of thumb is that if your finger goes into the soil at least 2” down and it feels dry, it’s time to water your plant again.

But the Pot Doesn’t Drain??!

Setting the Wally Eco Pots on a Flat Surface

These pots are designed to hang on the wall, but they are not limited to that. They have a flat bottom, which means they can sit on a flat surface. If you do this and put a vining plant in it, be cautious that the weight of the wines don’t cause the pot to tip forward. See the photo below – All of the plants on the white floating shelves are in Wally Eco pots. See that lush pothos hanging in the corner? That’s a Wally Eco pot that I turned into a hanging pot. I will share below how I went about doing that. To the right of the lush pothos, you will see a peace lily plant + a pothos plant in one Wally Eco pot.

Hanging Wally Eco pots from the Ceiling.

Since I love these planters so much, I wanted to hang some from the ceiling. The reason I thought of this is that I have quite a few lush pothos plants that hang from the ceiling. I always struggled with watering because when I  took them down to water and clean them, the macrame hangers would get all tangled in the vines… it was just overall pain. Once I saw how much the Wally Eco system decreased the amount of watering that a plant needed, I wanted to convert as many plants over to them as possible.

These planters are not designed to hang so we did a little of my own engineering. I found chain hangers that had three chains connected by one “S” hook. Similar to (these).  We drilled an appropriately sized hole (a little larger than the “S” hook) on each side of the post, about one inch down from the edge of the pot. We then drilled one hole on the back of the pot in the center.

Now I have several pots hanging from the ceiling, with lush vines spilling over the edges. To water, I just get on a step-ladder and pour the water in the back of the reservoir. Ahhh, life got so much easier.

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