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How to stop large plants from tipping in the wind?

My potted plants are on a third floor balcony, so sometimes wind is an issue. A number of times my large pots (up to 18″ or so in diameter) tip over from the wind. Naturally it’s irritating as some branches might break, medium falls onto the floor, etc.

All my pots have plastic saucers underneath them, and between the bottom of the pots and the saucers, I have plastic pot feet, to help with drainage. I have to wonder if the pot feet cause the pot to be less stable and/or allow wind to come up along the underside of the pot and make it more susceptible to tipping over.

What do you all think. any other tricks to try and stop this from happening. I wonder how much benefit in fact the pot feet are providing. in most instances I don’t think any roots are protruding or coming into contact with the saucers. but I just had this sense that pot feet are good to have.

And, yes, I do align the pot feet right up against the edges of the pots, so they are holding the pots in place as much as possible.

Lynn Nevins

Thanks. I need saucers to catch excess water to ensure it doesn’t overflow onto balcony of neighbor beneath me. Also, elevated balconies get more wind than plants on the ground.

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No need for saucers outside. And I use shims to get the pot off the ground about 1/2″.

never had an issue with this one tipping. Tree is about 7 feet tall in an 18″ terra cotta pot.

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rina_Ontario,Canada 5a

Yes, you need saucers on a balcony. Not sure if no feet will stop trees from tipping, if it is windy, only tying them to something (railing?) may be enough. or maybe putting some heavy rocks on the soil surface. It happens with some of my, especially larger plants too and they are in the garden. Just like an umbrella – even closed, the wind is sometimes strong enough to tip it including blocks I use to keep it down.

My potted plants are on a third floor balcony, so sometimes wind is an issue. A number of times my large pots (up to 18" or so in diameter) tip over from the wind. Naturally it's irritating as some branches might break, medium falls onto the floor, etc. All my pots have plastic saucers under…