Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: PVC plant stand I'm building

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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Aug 28, 2013 8:01 AM CST
Next month I'm building a PVC plant stand to house my succulents. It will have 5 inch legs, The first shelf will be 3 feet tall and the top two shelves will be 18 inchs high, It will be 2 foot wide, and a little longer then four foot long.


Each shelf will have 3 two tube shop lights using 32 watt 6500K daylight bulbs.

The bottom shelf will be for a blue bird jade and a normal jade once they get big enough.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Aug 28, 2013 8:41 AM CST
Welcome! adamgreen.

Your project sounds great. I hope you'll share pictures when it's done.
Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
Aug 28, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Why 5 inch PVC for legs? That is huge pipe. Good luck and don't forget to hit it with paint for the uv
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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Aug 28, 2013 12:57 PM CST
I meant the legs will be 5 inchs tall.
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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Aug 28, 2013 1:51 PM CST
I made a stand for my 75 gal. fish tank. Used 2 x 4's doubled and across. 4 ft. long x 2 ft. wide. I used the new T-8's shop lights. They are brighter and cheeper to use. I used them where I used to work (before retireing). My plants loved them. I installed those 4 ft. wall mirrors across the back side to increase the light to the plants. On sale for $5 each. I also bought a 2 ft. x 2 ft. mirror for the ends. Made a nice boxed in area with the front open for viewing. Don't know if I will use a rolled up plastic sheet for the front or not.
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Aug 28, 2013 2:37 PM CST
Mirror idea sounds like a great idea to help the plants indoors with the lighting issue!! Thanks for sharing. Smiling
Name: Mark Mallon
seattle wa
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a2b1c3
Aug 28, 2013 6:46 PM CST
I meant the legs will be 5 inchs tall. Whistling
i knew that ...
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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Sep 6, 2013 7:21 AM CST
Well I collected all the materials except for two one inch tee's and some shoplights for the other shelves. I won't need more shop lights for now and I will get the one inch tee's in about a week.

I will be building most of the plant shelf over the weekend. I will post pics next week.
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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Sep 7, 2013 11:41 AM CST
Adam,
I lucked out this week at Home Depot. They had one opened box of a shop lite. Marked mounting chain missing. One other box was pretty banged up also. I asked the salesman about the price. It was marked $19.95. He marked it down to $10 and I asked about the other box, Marked it down as well. So I got both shop lights for $20. These are two tube T8's with pull chain switchs. Of course the bulbs are extra. Almost as much as the lights. I am using bright white bulbs. Two pack was about $9. I used these at where I used to work with great suscess with plants there. I only wish they had two more shop lights I could buy. Those were the last two they had. Many places have those wall mirrors on sale for about $5. Good to use on sides to increase the light output. I almost got my stand finished. I'll show a picture of it as well when done.
Stush
Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Sep 10, 2013 9:42 AM CST
Here are the pics of the plant stand I built I will add more shop lights as needed.


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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Sep 10, 2013 11:33 AM CST
Adam,
Great job. It looks way neater and cleaner than mine. I noticed a slight bowing in the shelf. That can be easily corrected by adding small strips of wood at the front and back. Can even paint them white to match the pvc pipe.

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Stush
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Sep 10, 2013 12:07 PM CST
Good idea, Stush. Certainly would help to reinforce the shelf if plan to add more to your interesting collection, Adam. Whistling
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gardengus
Sep 11, 2013 3:08 PM CST
Looks like you have room for some more plants now Smiling
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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Sep 12, 2013 9:09 AM CST































Now that I have built it, it looks like there is room for 4 large jades on the bottom shelf.
So eventually I will have 4 jades on the bottom shelf in 14 in pots but it will take years to
get to that point.

The four jades will be a blue bird jade, a normal jade, a gollum jade , and a crosby's compact or hummels sunset
which do you think would be better.











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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Sep 13, 2013 7:53 AM CST
Stush2019 said:Adam,
Great job. It looks way neater and cleaner than mine. I noticed a slight bowing in the shelf. That can be easily corrected by adding small strips of wood at the front and back. Can even paint them white to match the pvc pipe.

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Stush



Well I modified some plans I found on the internet. The original version of the plant stand didn't have
wooden boards on the shelves. It was just meant to hold those mini green house things that you start
seeds in.

I plan on fixing the bowing problem by replaceing the two lengths of pipe connected by a Tee with a single
length of pipe front and back on the 2nd and 3rd shelves.

I don't know exactly when I will do it The plants will be fine for right now.

here is a link to the original plans: http://www.tsflowers.com/plantstand.html
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Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Sep 30, 2013 11:34 AM CST
I've upgraded my plant stand I will post pics soon.
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Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Sep 30, 2013 12:29 PM CST
looking forward to it!
Name: adam
hotsprings, AR (Zone 8b)
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adamgreen
Oct 2, 2013 7:29 AM CST
Here are the pics of my updated plant stand, it still slouches a little bit but not as much.


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Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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webesemps
Oct 2, 2013 9:49 AM CST
Looks like when the full shelf of plants get taller, they may have to move to the Penthouse...? Whistling
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Oct 2, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Great job. looks good.

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