We’re honored that you’ve chosen to bring a Light + Ladder piece into your home. The next step is to transform a wall, nook or tabletop into a garden, an oasis, a refuge. Perhaps you’re known for your green thumbs or maybe they tend towards the darker range of the spectrum. Either way, we’ve created this page to serve as a resource for you, guiding you through installation, care and use of your Light + Ladder products to ensure that they’ll last for generations to come.
To install a Light+Ladder wall hook, you will need a drill, and a drill bit fitted to the anchor provided.
Different plants require different levels of light and moisture. Some thrive in light sandy soil, while others prefer heavy, loamy soil. As such, our planters are designed for specific types of plants. For instance, the Chromo’s self-watering system makes it ideal for plants that require consistent moisture, while the Hive Planter is specially designed for low-maintenance air plants. Please refer to the product pages for plant recommendations for each planter.
Some of our planters include a drainage hole, while some do not. Here are some plant care recommendations for each situation:
PLANTERS WITH A DRAINAGE HOLE
Drainage holes allow excess water to seep out of pots after watering, ensuring that water does not pool at the base of a pot, helping to protect roots from rot.
If your planter has a drainage hole, you can plant as usual with appropriate potting soil. It's important to keep the soil below the rope or screw holes. To water your plants, simply your plant over to the sink for a little drench. Allow all the excess water to drain before hanging the planter back on the wall.
PLANTERS WITHOUT A DRAINAGE HOLE
Over-watering will cause an indoor plant to expire. A little bit of water goes a long way as every drop of water you add to the pot is going to stay in there. When watering a plant in a pot without drainage, you want to ensure that you water sparingly and slowly, so the water gets evenly distributed through the soil without pooling at the bottom. You can directly pot it into the planter with the following tips, or the carefree easy route is to place the plant into the planter with the drainage liner still on it.
A drainage layer is created by adding a medium such as stones, pumice or activated charcoal to the bottom of a pot before adding soil.
Adding a drainage layer allows excess water to get out of the soil away from roots. Though the water is still in the pot, a drainage layer can provide a barrier between too much water and your plant.
A fantastic medium for a drainage layer is activated charcoal. Activated charcoal has been heated at high temperatures, which increases its naturally absorptive properties. This means that a layer of activated charcoal at the bottom of your pot is actually able to remove some of that excess water, which makes your plant very happy in the case of over-watering.
Activated charcoal has natural microbial properties, and can help deter fungal and bacterial growth. An added bonus!
Hold the soil back with your hand, and gently tip your pot to the side (or even invert it, if possible) to allow the excess water to spill out. You can replace any lost soil later.
If you’re feeling a bit intimidated about the extra work associated with potting a plant in a pot without drainage, here’s a trick. Keep the pant in the plastic liner pot (with drainage holes) that it came in. Simply set this into the ceramic planter – the plastic should be hidden. You can even add a little decorative moss to cover the top and it will appear as though your plant is potted directly into the planter! You can then take it out to water, and take advantage of the drainage holes in the plastic pot.
Thanks to Pistils Nursery for their expertise on this topic.
PLANTERS WITHOUT A DRAINAGE HOLE
A plant may not require a drainage hole to thrive, though proper water technique becomes more critical. If your planter does not have a drainage hole, we recommend adding a handful of small stones, sand or charcoal to the base of the planter. This will give excess water somewhere to go. To avoid over-watering, simply mist the plant with a spray bottle or water lightly with a watering can. Depending on the water needs of your plant, you may need to adjust the frequency of your watering schedule.
Put rocks in the bottom of the planter as a drainage layer. You can also use sand or activated charcoal to create a space for excess water to drain to:
When you add soil, make sure the soil line is below the hardware or below the knotted rope. If these are exposed to moisture they will degrade over time and ropes can snap:
Put rocks on top to help with water flow and prevent water and dry soil from flowing over the top edge of the planter: