Nothing brightens up the outside of a home quite like flower towers. While they can be pretty expensive when you buy them straight from the store, you can always make your own just the way you like. Follow our guide to find out how!
Materials and Tools
- One 13.5-inch flowerpot
- Tin snips or aviation snips
- Landscape fabric
- 6-inch zip ties, preferably black
- Cut-resistant/leather palm work gloves
- 4-foot wire fencing, with 2-inch x 4-inch openings
- Garden spade
- Utility knife
Directions for Building a Flower Tower
- Before you begin, put on gloves to prevent injury from sharp edges. For guidance, use the exterior of a somewhat smaller container to help you bend the fencing into the shape of a pillar. Overlap the fencing, so you can make a more stable seam, and then cut your fencing to your desired diameter with the aviation snips. Make sure the diameter will fit within the flowerpot you’re using as the base.
- To build the wire tower’s frame, overlap just one of the fencing’s rectangles and zip-tie the cylinder’s two sides snugly together across the fencing’s joints. Use enough zip ties so that the wire will remain stable and rigid once filled with soil, cutting excess from the ties’ ends and leaving roughly a ¼ inch. Ensure the wire frame fits inside your selected flowerpot, fitting roughly 50 to 75 percent of the way into the flowerpot for increased stability once filled. Cut down the wire’s height if necessary.
- Now, wrap your landscape fabric over the tower’s exterior to gage how much is needed—have one or two inches of overlap, so soil won’t spill through the fabric’s seam. Cut your fabric to size with scissors before rolling it and sliding it into the tower. Smooth out the fabric along the tower’s interior before cutting any excess off—leave a two-inch overlap over on top, which will secure the landscape fabric into place.
- Fold your 2-inch overlap of fabric over the tower’s top edge. With your utility knife, make slight slits into the fabric right below the metal rim, ensuring you cut through both layers. Slice one slit into every third rectangle in the fencing, inserting zip ties through those slits and tying down the fabric’s top. Cut your zip ties’ excess down to a ¼ inch.
- With assembly complete, fill your tower roughly one third of the way with soil, adding water for settling the soil. Fill up to two thirds of the way with more soil, adding additional water. Then, fill the tower to roughly one inch from the top with soil before adding more water. To prevent sinking, press the soil lightly into the tower.
- For the part of the tower sitting inside your flowerpot, add soil around the tower’s exterior.
- Cut vertical and horizontal slits into a top-level rectangle, creating a plus-shaped hole. Now, cut one hole into each rectangle, staggering them while working down the tower. These holes will be for flowers planted throughout. Do not cut holes into the last exposed row, so the plants can cascade over the flowerpot’s edge.
- Using your finger, poke holes into the fabric openings, and then press a seedling or plant gently into each hole. Ensure the fabric flaps close around the flower’s stem for helping to hold soil inside the tower while watering. To finish up, plant several flowers at the top of the tower.
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