Planter - Care & Use Instructions
IMPORTANT: If the Kadai Planter is on a
stone base you need to ensure it is put on a level surface, preferably on a bed
of sand. If it is placed on an uneven surface there is a danger the stone may
crack when weight is added to the bowl.
Siting your Kadai Planter:
You may need to
consider the drainage from the Kadai. The water is concentrated to a single
hole in the base of the Kadai and will fall vertically through this hole and then
through a hole in the sandstone base, or the iron stand, to drain onto the
If sited on a
where the water cannot drain through to the ground, the water will drain
between the stone base and the stone slabs. If the slabs are very flat some channels may need to be made to help the
On decking a hole could be drilled through
the decking to let the water drain down to the soil beneath. If this is not
possible, we would recommend the stone base is raised slightly to allow a gap
for the water to easily escape between the decking and the stone base otherwise
the water could become trapped and cause problems for the decking.
On soil, grass etc. the water will drain away
through the ground depending on the type of soil structure. In non-free
draining ground, for example clay, it might be advisable to dig a small hole
about 60cm x 60cm x 60cm and fill with small rocks and rubble to help with the
is advised that you first test the drainage, with a garden hose in the Kadai,
to imitate heavy rainfall and see where the water goes before you plant.
Planting your Kadai:
the Cup Filter upside down in your Kadai over the hole in the base.
with small rocks, rubble or gravel to the required depth, leaving enough space
for the soil above according to your planting requirements. Ensure the surface
is as level as possible.
the permeable membrane supplied over the top and cut the edge about 10cm larger
than the layer of stones underneath, then tuck the excess between the stones
fill with soil and compost and plant in the knowledge that excess water will
freely drain away.
· For plants that require very dry
ground, use a free draining soil.
· For plants that require
constantly damp soil, adding a plastic membrane on top of the permeable
membrane will help retain the water from draining too quickly. Ensure that the
plastic membrane is smaller than the permeable membrane to allow some drainage
of water round the edges.