What are the Different Types of Wrought Iron Planter Stands?

Dan Cavallari

Wrought iron planter stands come in a variety of styles and sizes, and surprisingly, they may be made of different materials as well. Traditional wrought iron planter stands will be made from wrought iron, which is quite expensive and increasingly rare, while more planter stands may actually be made from cast iron or even steel. All three options will be quite strong, though steel will be lighter and more resistant to water damage. Designs may include tall planters with curved legs, to tiered planters that can hold three or more plants at a time.

Woman with a flower
Woman with a flower

Some wrought iron planter stands are not wrought iron at all, but they are labeled as such because they follow the general aesthetic of traditional wrought iron. Wrought iron can be expensive because the process of making the planter stands will include a significant amount of work that must be done by hand, whereas cast iron and steel can often be worked by machines or poured quickly and easily into casts. True wrought iron planter stands will be more expensive than other stands and the stand itself is likely to be quite heavy.

Some planter stands feature four legs and a large, ornate trough designed to hold planter boxes. This design will be larger than other types of wrought iron planter stands, and the trough is likely to feature an ornate design. Such stands may also feature a low shelf beneath the trough to hold more plants or other ornate objects.

Other planters are simply wrought iron hooks that can be affixed to a solid structure, such as a wooden beam. The hook will very often feature a curved design or some other elaborate design; a hanging planter can be hung from the wrought iron hook, and some planters of this design may also include a wrought iron cradle to be hung from the hook.

Wrought iron can also be worked into specific shapes to further add to the aesthetic of the planter. The iron, for example, may be worked into the shape of a wheel barrow or a bicycle, or even a turtle. The plant will need to be placed in some sort of box or enclosure, which can then be placed inside the wrought iron shape that has been built to accommodate that plant enclosure. Still other wrought iron planters may simply allow you to pour soil directly into the planter rather than using another enclosure. This is more likely to be done if the planter is made from steel, since the moisture in the soil can cause iron to rust.

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