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Anyone that has been following my succulent posts already knows how I feel about proper drainage so when I saw this gorgeous Beluga Supply Co. corner planter I knew I was in for a treat. I normally use terra cotta and don’t get me wrong, they are my favorite and will always be my favorite, but I wanted something a little more fancy for inside the house.
This design would look great in rustic, modern, mid century, and well, pretty much any decor. The Beluga Supply corner planters are sold individually but I definitely think they look best when you put four of them together like I did here!
They create this unique pyramid design that allows you to mix and match your favorite plants.
I normally don’t grow cacti and succulents in the same community pot (since they have drastically different watering needs) but with these corner planters, there is no worry of over watering!
The Beluga Classic Corner 45 Self-Watering Planter comes with the gorgeous matte white planter, a triangular drip saucer, a nylon cord, and a pipette (I don’t know what it is about that word, but it’s soooo cute!). The planter itself is made with porcelain ceramic and feels like it is very well made. I definitely didn’t get the impression that the ceramic would chip easily and actually has a good amount of weight to it. The packaging is top notch and it even has a cute beluga whale on the front of the box.
The planter has a unique design in that you add water to the saucer and the nylon cord will wick the water up to your cacti or succulent.
Although this is labeled a “self watering succulent planter” this isn’t what I will be using it for – quite the opposite really. Instead of using the nylon cord to slowly wick water up to the plant, I will be using it to wick water away from the plant. I already do this for some of my plants that need to drain super fast (and it works beautifully).
I can’t emphasize the importance of plant drainage enough. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Placing rocks in the bottom of planters does absolutely nothing for drainage. Here’s a statement from Beluga Supply Co. that backs me up:
“Plant drainage is critical to plant health! Many glazed planters and glass terrariums are actually horrible potting environments for your plants, especially succulents, cacti and even moss! Contrary to belief, just putting rocks or sand at the bottom is not going to keep your plant healthy. This planter allows for water to flow out of the drainage hole so your plant roots do not rot in standing water. The self-watering nylon string (included) can be used to slowly pull water up through capillary action. Use watering pipette (included) is an alternative method water directly at the roots.”
I did run into a little hiccup along the way. The drainage hole – while being the most important feature of the planter – is just a tad too big for the particular soil that I use. This was easily remedied with a piece of plastic yarn mesh with a few squares cut out of the middle. I have these in all of my other pots so it was really no big deal.
Filling the corner planter was really easy at first. Simply add in a few spoonfuls of well-draining soil until the bottom is covered.
Next, set your plant into place. You can use a cactus, succulent, moss, even an air plant (which you wouldn’t need any soil for, obviously).
For me, this part was a bit tricky. I think it was because the plants I chose filled up all of the surrounding space so it was a challenge getting the soil behind the plant and into the pot.
One thing I should mention: the plants you choose should be ones that naturally have shallow roots.
Considering the 45 degree sloping edge design (hence the name, Classic Corner 45), I was surprised at how well these little guys nestled into their new homes. They give the illusion that they will tip right out but it’s quite the contrary!
Since I’m not using the self water feature, I used the included pipettes (LOL) to water them in. I had to go slow here because a lot of the water flowed around the base of the plant and onto the table. A pipette is definitely needed for this.
When I first got these [awesome] corner planters, I had no idea which succulents would look best but honestly, I think just about ANYTHING would go great in these! Place one in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, anywhere! You could even use 2 of them as bookends or 4 as a centerpiece on your coffee table.
So would I recommend the Beluga Supply Co. Corner Planter? Absolutely. There weren’t any real issues other than my soil falling through the drainage hole (which was a super easy fix) and that was partially due to the type of soil that I use. As a matter of fact, I would totally buy these for gifts but I don’t think I would be able to give them away!