How To Anchor A Flower Pot (My Way)

If you want to keep your potted plants from tipping over and breaking, there are plenty of ways to anchor them. 

The solution doesn’t have to be complicated: a simple metal stand can help keep things in place if you’re working with a small pot. 

If you’re looking for something more decorative, try attaching metal plant hooks to the balcony railing or hanging small terra cotta pots from it as well.

Make your own plant pot hanger with just one cord
Anchoring flower pots can prevent accidents and keep plants secure.
There are various materials and methods to anchor a flower pot, such as using stakes, rocks, fillers, or artificial grass.
Anchoring a flower pot can also enhance its aesthetic appeal.
Maintaining and cleaning artificial grass is essential to maintaining its appearance and longevity.
Choosing the right anchor for your flower pot will depend on its size, shape, and weight.

Use A Metal Stand

A metal stand is an easy and attractive way to anchor your flower pot. They’re available in many different materials, including steel and copper; you can find them at your local hardware store or garden center. 

They come in all kinds of sizes, so make sure you choose one that fits your flower pot perfectly!

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Use A Bucket With Wheels

The first thing you’ll want to do is pick up a bucket with wheels. Make sure the bucket isn’t too small, light or big. 

Don’t pick up something that can only hold less than 10 pounds of dirt. Also make sure it doesn’t weigh more than 15 pounds because if it does it will be hard for you to carry back into your house after filling with soil and potting mix.

Once you have found the right sized bucket and wheeled it over to where you want your flower pots anchored, fill it up with dirt (not too much though). 

Then take the excess soil out of the bucket and push in home-made anchors into each corner of the bottom part of your flower pot (these help keep them stable).

Attach Metal Plant Hooks To A Balcony Railing

Attach the hooks to your balcony railing. This is a great place to hang your flower pots, as they will be well-protected from rain and wind.

Using an appropriate hammer and nails, attach each hook to the balcony railings at least one foot apart.

Use a screwdriver to tighten the screws on each of the metal plant hooks so that they are secure enough for you to hang a flower pot on them without worrying about it falling off or breaking when someone accidentally bumps against it.

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Make A Wooden Base

You’ll need a wooden base for the flower pot. For this project, I used a 2-inch thick piece of wood that was about 6 inches in diameter. 

The reason for using such a large board is to make sure the concrete doesn’t touch any part of the ground beneath it and to give space for ample drainage around the perimeter.

After you select your wood, drill holes into it with a 3/16-inch bit. then fill those holes with cement, which will act as an anchor for your pot when you put them together later on in the process. let these dry overnight before moving on to step two!

Hang Plant Holders From The Balcony

If you have a balcony or deck, you can place plants on the railing. There are two ways to do this:

  • A plant holder with two hooks (one at each end) that allows you to hang the pots from the railings.
  • A tall stand (with multiple arms) that places your pot away from the railing so it doesn’t get knocked over by passersby below.

Remember: Be sure your hooks are strong enough to hold your flowers! And make sure they’re secure enough so they won’t slip off when someone bumps into them or there’s an unexpected gust of wind. 

If possible, try out each hook before attaching it permanently; some balconies have different thicknesses than others and may not be able to support heavier pots as well as others can.

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Slowly Fill The Pot With Pebbles And Dirt

Now that you’ve anchored the pot, it’s time to fill the pot with pebbles and soil. Take your pebbles and spread them around the bottom of your planter to about 1/4 – 1/3 of its overall height. 

If you’re using a large flower pot, feel free to use more than one layer of stones at this point! Then add a layer of dirt on top of that just enough so that there’s still room for water and air in between each layer. 

Finally, place your plant inside the center hole (or holes) and gently tap down around it until all loose soil has been compacted by hand.

Use Rope As A Decorative Solution To Anchoring Large Pots

If you have a pot that is too big for the stake to do its job, consider using rope as an alternative. This works well for pots that are heavy or have a large base, such as planters or those used to display flowers.

You can use any type of decorative rope or twine to do this it doesn’t need to be particularly sturdy. Tie it around your pot in whatever way looks best, making sure it doesn’t slip out once you’ve secured it.

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Keep Plants In Place With Terra Cotta Feet

You can also use terra cotta feet to anchor your planter. The pale-colored, decorative feet are available at hardware stores and home improvement retailers. 

Terra cotta is usually painted to match the color of a home’s exterior, which not only makes them aesthetically pleasing but also prevents them from being too conspicuous on a front porch or balcony. 

Once installed, these feet will help keep your flower pot in place.

The process for installing terra cotta feet is similar to that of plastic anchors: drill holes into the bottom of your planter and then hammer in the spikes with as much force as possible so that they’re secure enough not to move around when you try pulling on them (which shouldn’t be much force).

Use Heavy Pots That Wont Tip Over Easily

When you anchor a flower pot, you need to make sure that the plant is secure. To do this, use heavy pots that won’t tip over easily. 

You also want to make sure that the pot is wide enough to hold its weight and has a wide base so it won’t tip over as easily. 

Avoid using small pots because they are more likely to tip over if there is wind or people walking by!

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Attach The Pot To A Wall Using Chains Or Screws.

Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw.

Drill into the brick, stone or wood in your wall where you want your flower pot to hang. You’ll have to make sure that this hole will be large enough for the screw from your chain to fit through it.

Next, place one end of your chain over this hole and use pliers to twist its ends together so that they are secure on both sides of the wall (this can also be done with wire). 

Then move over about 8 inches (20 cm) and repeat these same steps again until all four corners have been secured on both sides of each corner point where they meet each other.

Attaching a Flower Pot to a Wall

ChainsEasy to find, adjustable height, can hold heavy pots.Visible, may rust over time, may require additional hardware.
ScrewsSecure, long-lasting, can handle very heavy pots.More difficult to install, requires tools and hardware, may damage wall surface.
Wall-mounted bracketsVariety of styles available, can be decorative, easy to install.Limited to certain pot shapes and sizes, may not be able to hold very heavy pots.
Picture hangersEasy to install, widely available, can hold lightweight pots.Not suitable for heavier pots, may require additional hardware for larger pots, may damage wall surface.

This table provides an overview of various materials that can be used to attach a flower pot to a wall, along with their pros and cons. It includes chains, screws, wall-mounted brackets, and picture hangers.

Place The Pot On A Masonry Anchor

A masonry anchor is a tool used to keep pots from moving. A masonry anchor is usually made of steel and has threads that go into the concrete. 

There are different sizes of anchors depending on the weight of your pot, but generally speaking they range from 3/8″ to 3″.

The installation process will vary depending on what type of anchor you have (there are several different types), so make sure you read your instructions carefully before starting. 

If any part feels loose or doesn’t seem secure, stop and try again until it fits snugly into place.

To attach the pot to the anchor, use an expansion screw driver bit and add some silicone caulk around where it meets with concrete surface if needed (do not use too much). You’re done!

Create Pockets Of Soil Underneath The Container

Now that you’ve got your flower pot, it’s time to create some pockets of soil underneath it. To do this, place small rocks or pebbles into the bottom of the container and then fill with dirt. 

You want a small amount of soil here just enough to cover up any rocks or pebbles you might have put in there. 

I like using small rocks because they look nice and are great at anchoring anything heavy (think: plants) in place!

If you’re planting something new, make sure it goes in at an angle so that the plant has some support once its roots start growing outwards towards their new home by keeping gravity on its side when pulling upwards through soil particles.”

Creating Pockets of Soil for Flower Pots

Small rocks or pebblesHelps with drainage, reduces weight, can create pockets of moisture for the plant.May collect debris, require cleaning or may provide a habitat for pests, may require additional soil to fill in gaps.
Expanded clay or perliteHelps with drainage, lightweight, can retain moisture.Can be costly compared to other materials, may float to the top of soil in time.
Coffee filters or burlapHelps retain soil in the pot, allows for drainage, naturally biodegradable.May not drain as efficiently as other materials, can rot if not dried out properly between uses.
Recycled plastic containers or packing peanutsReduces weight, budget friendly, eco-friendly depending on the source.Packed too tight may reduce drainage space, may shift or collapse over time, may not biodegrade before planting season ends.

This table provides an overview of various materials that can be used to create pockets of soil underneath a flower pot, along with their pros and cons. It includes small rocks or pebbles, expanded clay or perlite, coffee filters or burlap, and recycled plastic containers or packing peanuts.

Put In Large Rocks Or Small Boulders

  • Sand. This is a common choice, but it can be hard to keep the pot from shifting and falling over if you don’t pack it tightly enough.
  • Pebbles. Soft-bristled brushes will help you get into the nooks and crannies of your pot, where the dirt won’t stay put without them. Use an old toothbrush if you don’t have one on hand!


Now that you know how to anchor a flower pot, you’re ready to start planting. It’s important to keep in mind that no one method is right for every situation. 

You may need several different methods depending on the size of your plant, the type of soil and your location. Remember that it can take some time before plants are strong enough so don’t give up!

Further Reading

If you’re looking for even more tips on how to anchor flower pots, check out the following articles:

How to Keep Plant Pots from Falling Over: This article provides practical advice on how to keep your plant pots upright and stable, including tips on how to choose the right pot, soil, and location.

How to Stop Plant Pots Blowing Over in The Wind: If you live in a windy area, this article offers helpful tips on how to prevent your plant pots from falling over. From using anchor weights to creating windbreaks, you’re sure to find a solution that works for you.

How to Weigh Down Planters for Real Plants: If you’re struggling to keep your heavy planters from tipping over, check out this article for tips on how to securely weigh them down, even with real plants inside.


What is anchoring a flower pot?

Anchoring a flower pot involves securing it in place either to prevent it from falling or toppling over.

Why is it important to anchor flower pots?

Anchoring a flower pot can prevent accidents, protect the plants or the surrounding area, and also give aesthetic look to the overall setting.

What are some common ways to anchor flower pots?

Common ways of anchoring flower pots include using stakes, rocks, fillers, bricks, and even artifical grass as the base.

How do I choose the right anchor for my flower pot?

Choosing the right anchor for your flower pot will depend on its size, shape, and weight. A stake, for example, might work well for a small pot, while larger pots may require bricks or heavy fillers.

How do I know if my flower pot is secure?

To ensure that your flower pot is secure, give it a gentle shake or push. If it shifts, it may need to be anchored more securely or with added weight.