Sky Planter

Plants Thrive in the Sky

Heads up... Just when you think you've seen every possible kind of household planter, we've found a modern showstopper that seems to defy gravity. Created by Patrick Morris, an industrial designer from New Zealand, the stunning ceramic Sky Planter suspends ferns, ivy, orchids, herbs and vegetables from above, filling the upper reaches of a room with beautiful growth. The Sky Planter has a sleek, contemporary feel that's perfectly balanced by its organic contents.

The Sky Planter is suited for just about any houseplant,
but it does more than turn a plant on its head. An internal reservoir system feeds water directly to the roots without leaking or evaporating. There’s no mess of water overflowing from pots, and the Sky Planter requires up to 80% less water than traditional containers. It locks soil in place so there are no dirt spills, either. Best of all, the system is so efficient that plants only need to be watered once or twice a month (perfect for frequent travelers).

Patrick conceived the Sky Planter during his last year at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He took it to market with his brother Jake through a company they started called BOSKKE (which means "small forest") in New Zealand. It's a great way to save space and resources while decorating the ceiling and purifying the air with plant life.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Patrick

    I'm the designer of the Sky Planter and joint-founder of BOSKKE alongside my brother, Jake, and friend, Ross. For those of you who already have or know a bit about our Sky Planters, I can't wait to hear your feedback. Have you found it easy to use? Have you discovered any plants that really cut loose in one? (Someone mentioned rhubarb to me the other day, which I'm yet to try.) And for those of you who are simply intrigued, I look forward to answering any questions you may have about our Sky Planters.

    Thanks, Patrick.

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    7/19/2010 1:06 PM

    What a great idea for a cat owner! I have 2 adorable but mischievous cats who have destroyed my matter where I put them. I don't think they could get to these plants. Thanks!

  • Kate
    7/19/2010 1:07 PM

    I love how this looks and how a familiar flower or plant looks altogether different when it is upside down. Cool!

  • Patrick
    Patrick – Special Guest
    7/19/2010 1:11 PM

    Hi Sarah, I hadn't thought of cats and dogs but absolutely - yes - the ceiling extension would allow you to hang your Sky Planter at whichever height suits you (and well out of reach of those little paws!)

  • Patrick
    Patrick – Special Guest
    7/19/2010 1:31 PM

    Hello Kate, it's great watching the plants settle in and slowly begin to move around to the light. It usually takes a week or so but, once they've settled into their new home they look amazing. Peace Lilies are one of my favourites; they fan right out like a green chandelier and, if you've got a soft breeze, will gently rotate in the air.

  • Wendy
    Wendy – Grommet Team
    7/19/2010 1:59 PM

    I'm notorious for killing plants inside (my outdoor garden looks much better thanks to auto sprinklers), so I like that you don't need to water these as often. Fool proof and good looking.


  • Patrick
    Patrick – Special Guest
    7/19/2010 2:23 PM

    Hi Wendy, the reservoir in each Sky Planter is designed so that the plant draws the amount of water it needs each day. The volume of water needed varies from plant to plant, but also season to season.

    For example, a Medium Sky Planter growing the same plant over a year may only need watering once every month during the winter, when the plant is hibernating. In summer, though, when the plant is actively growing and flowering (and feeling thirsty!) the reservoir may need refilling as often as once per week.

    The great news is that you no longer need to guess how much water the plant needs - all you need to do is keep an eye on the reservoir to make sure it has water in it.

    We recommend you check your Sky Planter reservoir every day for the first week or two until you get a feel for how quickly or slowly you plant is drinking the water from it.

  • Cynthia
    7/19/2010 9:31 PM

    Plants can not only grow toward the sun, but they know which way is up. I've been told this is in response to the distribution of a growth hormone in the cells such that more is found in the "down" part due to gravity, so the plant grows away from it. I imagine that the sun is a stronger motivator, but still this bizarre upside-down growing habit may not be beneficial. We've all seen plants knocked over outside to a horizontal position do a right-angle turn and so that they can grow upward again.

    I'm sorry, but this seems gimmicky and rather disrespectful to the plants' hundreds of years of adaptation to gravity and sun.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/19/2010 9:59 PM

    @nosleepingdogs - no need to apologize for leaving a thoughtful comment. We welcome respectful discussion from all points of view. Thank you for posting.

  • Patrick
    Patrick – Special Guest
    7/20/2010 8:33 AM

    Hi @nosleepingdogs. You have voiced a valid concern which I am sure many people will share. In the early days I shared your concern that plants might be uncomfortable or in some way suffer for growing upside-down. Plants certainly respond to their environment, but it is important for us to remember that plants respond to far fewer stimuli than animals (or humans) and that when they do respond, it is in a much slower and more restricted way.A plant's experience hanging upside down is not going to be the same as our own (thank goodness, otherwise we at BOSKKE would be far less enthusiastic about Sky Planters, ourselves.)

    To go into a little more detail: if a plant grows in a certain direction as a response to its environment, this is called a tropism. A positive tropism is the response of the plant towards the stimulus. The strongest tropism in a plant's upper body and leaves is its positive response and movement toward light. Otherwise known as phototropism. Likewise, the strongest tropism in a plant's roots is its positive movement toward water and nutrients (found in the soil). The gravity-responsive chemicals you mention are called auxins and these generate in the tip of a plant's shoot to motivate the plant to grow upwards.

    Scientifically, I'm not sure whether auxins have a stronger role in a plant's growth direction than its need for light or water. Observationally, though, we have tested (through growing) a large variety of the most popular indoor plants over the past three years with great results - in many cases better than conventional planters where the plant has much less control over the amount of water it receives than it does in a Sky Planter. Some plants, like Fennel, completely turn themselves around to grow back up towards the ceiling. Others, like the Peace Lily, tend to float outwards with their leaves ever-leaning towards the light-source. Kentia Palms, on the other hand, only slightly float up and for the most part like to continue growing downwards. All of them seem lush and happy with good overall growth and constantly sprouting shoots.

    We here at BOSKKE get excited when we imagine every ceiling, in every apartment, in every building, in every city covered with living, breathing plants. A fifty-storied building with every ceiling alive with flora could potentially be home to more oxygenating plants than the equivalent footprint of virgin forest. Our urban centers could become the World's oxygen-producing lungs. To get this density of flora and still be able to live and work within the spaces, is only possible if we utilise the ceiling. For us the Sky Planter, rather than a fad, marks the first evolution in interior gardening towards this greater vision. That is the BOSKKE Utopia!

  • Melissa
    7/20/2010 12:02 PM

    can the system be used outdoors?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/20/2010 12:43 PM

    @Mhovey - The Sky Planter has been designed for indoor use but you can install it outdoors as well. You will need to be careful that it is protected from strong winds. You’ll also need to select an appropriate outdoor plant that likes full sunlight to maintain optimum plant health.

    During summer, pay close attention to the water level of the reservoir. It is likely to empty faster than your indoor planters because of higher temperatures.

  • Cia
    8/8/2010 8:00 PM

    Can the sky planter be used to grow herbs outside where the deer seem to chow down on anything delicious or would it not get enough water with the higher temps & wind.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/8/2010 8:26 PM

    @Cia - They will do fine outdoors. Find an area out of strong wind, pay attention to the reservoir and fill it as it depletes. It's sweet (to me!) that you live in an area where the deer are munching on your garden!

  • Toni
    3/17/2011 11:46 AM

    I love the design. It's a wonderful concept. I like the idea that it keeps the herbs off the ground and away from deer, and also nice for in the kitchen over the countertops. I would love to purchase, however, the price is a little too steep for me. I am retired and on a fixed income. Too bad you don't offer to sell your seconds (marred ceramic). But congratulations on your design.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/22/2011 10:52 AM

    @Toni: You will have to put it on a wish list. Relatives and friends are often on the lookout for that perfect present.

  • Rhonda Page
    Rhonda Page
    6/13/2011 12:30 PM

    I love the idea. How do you hand the planter from the ceiling? I am afraid of holes. Also, doe it come with potting soil? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/13/2011 12:40 PM

    @Rhonda Page: We are glad that you like the Boskke planters! The pot will need to hang from a hook, so if you don't have one already, you will need to put one in. It doesn't come with potting soil. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Gayle Floyd
    Gayle Floyd
    7/22/2011 1:30 PM

    What medium do you plant in? I have seen no mention of soil! thanks

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/22/2011 2:04 PM

    @Gayle Floyd: The plants are planted in soil. There is a locking disc that keeps the soil and plant in place.

  • Susan Braverman
    Susan Braverman
    12/28/2011 9:24 PM

    When will the small planters be available again?

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    12/28/2011 11:26 PM

    @Susan Braverman: Hi Susan, we actually sold out of the small size over Christmas and it doesn't look like we will be getting them back in stock. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

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