As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been significantly less active on this blog recently. This is partially because of my no-buy year, which is putting a bit of a bottleneck on the content I can create, but I would be lying if I didn’t mention that it’s also because I’ve just been busy and/or lazy. With that out of the way, I’m happy to announce that I’m now back with new content, since I’ve been trying a number of new products which I think you guys will enjoy reading about. This means that my next few posts will likely be about houseplant products that I bought over the last few months. With that being said, I’ve had my eye on levitating planters for over a year now, but I’ve only recently purchased one. In this post I’ll be giving my thoughts on levitating planters and pointing out what you should be looking out for when purchasing one.
Choosing a planter
The first part of the process is simply to assess what kind of levitating planter you want to purchase. For me personally, I wanted something simple, sleek and small for my bedside table. I ended up buying the Patelai Levitating Air Bonsai Pot from Amazon. I’ve included a link here. As of now, it is not an affiliate link, but I’ve included it anyway simply because I enjoy the product, and if you want to buy it too, this will make it easier to find. I can’t speak on the quality of the other planters, but the one I purchased comes with a few nice perks. It rotates on its own, so there’s no need to worry about uneven light exposure, and the pot itself is quite lightweight, since it is made of resin. The base of the planter is a little on the bulky side, but could possibly look amazing on top of a coffee table book, or simply to fill up some empty space. The base also comes in a lighter or a darker wood colour to better fit your space.
While there are drainage holes on the bottom of the pot, I’m not entirely comfortable planting anything other than an epiphyte (a plant that grows on the bark of a tree) or a lithophyte (a plant that grows on rocks) in it. The drainage holes are far to small, and there are too few of them to grow something in soil. In theory, the water would still run out of the bottom of the pot, but then there’s the additional issue of the water running/dripping out of the drainage holes and onto the base.
I’ve placed an air plant in my floating planter, so that I can easily take it out to water or spray it, and then put it back in. For anyone wondering about what specific air plant I’m using, it’s a Tillandsia Moonlight. I would recommend air plants to anyone who is considering buying a levitating planter of this kind, since it’s not a hassle to pull them out to water them, and it’s not a big deal if you disturb their root system, since they do not take in water through their roots.
One of my biggest concern before buying the levitating pot was Interestingly enough, I can’t seem to find a maximum weight capacity for the plant on Amazon or in the instruction manual. However, I’ve filled mine with stones to stand my air plant up, and I haven’t had any issues yet. For reference, the combined weight of my pot and its contents is 340g, so you can use that as a benchmark. I seriously doubt that anything that fits in the pot could get significantly heavier than that anyway, since mine is literally packed with heavy stones, but I suppose in theory the pot could take a heavier load.
It should be noted that although the base uses magnets to keep the pot afloat, the base needs to be connected to power at all times. We had a power outage recently, and when the power was out, the pot fell onto the base. The good news is that it falls down the right way up because the magnet is on the bottom of the pot and gets pulled onto the base. The fall also wasn’t very far, and the pot is made of resin, so luckily, nothing was damaged.
The pot I purchased also came with a type A plug on the base (The kind used most commonly in the US, China, Japan, and Thailand). As such, if you live outside of these areas and don’t have type A outlets, you may need an adapter.