During the pandemic, many of us turned to houseplants to pass the time and make our homes a little greener and aesthetically better. And as interest in gardening and planting soared, there is now a huge demand for anything plant-related. Don’t believe us? Just check out Terraplanter, which is an inside-out planter that works as a water bank. It’s an incredibly successful campaign that raised the most money on Kickstarter in 2020.
Terraplanter Review Overview
Design & Build - 8.7/10
Features - 8.7/10
Aesthetics - 9/10
Terraplanter allows you to explore the possibilities of hydroponics or growing your plants without using soil. Meaning, you don’t have to worry about how often and how much water your plants need anymore. By holding water inside and slowly distributing it outwards, your plants can have the perfect environment to grow on the planter’s surface.
- Clean and simple
- Can accommodate a wide variety of plants
- Not suitable for herbs
Terraplanter was then launched for pre-order on Indiegogo where it continued to make money. As of date, the campaign has already received more than US$7,491,000 of funding from thousands of backers. So what made it such a hit? Let’s find out with this Terraplanter review.
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A lot of innovations for planting came out during the COVID-19 pandemic and we were blessed to have tried some of them. There were Pico and PlantMaid, which were both designed to take out the guesswork in how to grow your plants. Now, the Terraplanter works differently. But it does promise the same thing – to make growing your plants easier and to keep your plants alive.
The Terraplanter can help those who can’t seemingly grow plants or those without green thumbs. The concept is simple: just add water inside and the plant will grow on the outside. There’s no soil or dirt to think about and the roots will always have access to air and water. Also, since it works as a water bank, you don’t have to worry about how often and how much water you should give. Thus, effectively saving you from underwatering and overwatering.
Unfortunately, the Terraplanter does come with a cost. With a retail price of US$80, it’s quite expensive, especially if you’re planning to have more than one at home. Even its discounted price on Indiegogo, which is US$62 per unit, is quite costly. To give you an idea, you can buy planters and self-watering planters for just under US$5. The same goes for small ceramic terracotta pots.
Hydroponics, or growing plants without soil, isn’t exactly new. But due to its complexity and demand for different apparatuses, it wasn’t the most practical process for keeping houseplants. Well, that is until the Terraplanter. Through its innovative design, hydroponics is now possible and easily accessible. With it, your plants will always have the right conditions to grow without soil.
As mentioned, Terraplanter is basically a vessel that acts as a water bank. So unlike most planters, there’s no need for you to use soil or dirt. You also don’t have to use compost and potting mixes. Thus, making it a cleaner option for your home or office.
What makes the Terraplanter different is its use of proprietary ceramic material with just enough porosity and hygroscopic tendencies. This is what allows water to slowly diffuse through the planter’s material and reach your plants. As a result, letting the plants grow on the surface.
You can use the Terraplanter for a wide variety of small plants, including the following:
- Fern adult
- Venus flytrap
- Maidenhair fern
- Baby tears
- Moth orchids
- Jungle moss
- Lace flower vine
- Rabbit’s foot fern
- Wax plant
- Silver lace fern
- Tolumnia orchid
This planter is also reusable. So if you want to grow a new plant, you can just peel the current one and add the new seeds. You can also use it as a booster planter to sprout some of your plants before transferring them to a regular soil planter.
However, if you are planning to grow herbs, Terraplanter may not be your best option. This is because most herbs that grow large require their roots to go deep into the ground. Plants that are more suited to this planter are those that naturally grow near a water source.
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Compared to other terracotta pots, the Terraplanter has a lid to keep the water clean and prevent evaporation. It also features a parametric design. So instead of a smooth surface, its walls are textured, creating individual cells. This design allows it to hold seeds on the outside while they sprout and hold water for the roots to drink. Furthermore, this shape and texture allow roots to grip the surface, which helps the plant grow vertically.
In terms of overall aesthetics, the Terraplanter actually looks nice. Its shape and size make it a great match for any space – home or office. Bare and naked without any plants, its color is similar to other terracotta pots. But because of its parametric design or textured outer layer, it also looks like a speaker. In fact, its shape reminded us of the Bose SoundLink Revolve. Their heights are also very close with 6 inches for Bose and 8.94 inches for the planter.
What’s It Like to Use
You can use the Terraplanter in 4 different ways to start growing your plants.
- Rub the spores onto the surface
- Wrap a climbing plant around the planter
- Use rubber bands to mount a plant’s roots
- Cover the planter with seeds of your choice
Once the plant has established itself on the outer wall, then you’re all set. Just keep it in a well-lit area and lift the cover lid once in a while to make sure it doesn’t run out of water. The rate of evaporation and perspiration depends on the humidity and temperature of a room. But according to the company, their estimated range of how often you need to add water is around 5 to 15 days.
Take note, however, that some plants may require more care than others. There might be instances when you may need to dissolve the appropriate nutrients or fertilizer in water and spray them directly onto your plant’s roots. Also, if there’s an issue with the quality of water in your area, i.e. high limestone (calcium) content, you may have to filter it before using it with Terraplanter. But don’t worry. Every Terraplanter comes with all the information and care instructions you need to know to make sure your plants will grow and flourish.
Terraplanter Review Summary
While the Terraplanter isn’t the cheapest planter or pot in the market, it does offer a convenient and effective solution in helping your plants thrive indoors. By utilizing the concept of hydroponics and porous material, it creates just the right conditions for your plants to grow and prosper. It also saves you from worrying about choosing the right soil, aeration, accurately spacing your seeds, or measuring the right depth for your seeds to grow. You don’t have to worry about cleaning up any mess too. On top of that, it’s visually very appealing.
Overall, the Terraplanter offers a simple, low-maintenance, and beautiful way to getting the plants you want for your home. If you have been having difficulty keeping your plants alive and always end up either overwatering or underwatering your plants, then this is definitely a great option for you – that is if you’re willing to spend a little more than you usually would in ordinary planters or terracotta pots.