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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to use PerkyPod?

Most plants enjoy a really good soaking all over the surface area of the soil until water starts seeping out the bottom. You'll hear the dripping! Otherwise, how will you know that every root has had a drink?

Next, be brave and DON'T water again until the soil dries out. Start with watering every 7-10 days and adjust from there. Try 14 days in winter. Test dryness by sticking a finger into the soil or use a moisture sensor. There are many variables: type of plant, root structure, weather, indoors or outdoors location, extant soil dampness, etc. However, the more-water-less-often approach is the key to healthy soil and root ecosystems.

Plus, you can water your plants without having to move them elsewhere like a sink or lawn, and no waiting for drips to finish before returning them. Reducing your plant chores will lighten your mental and physical load… what a perk!

What size is PerkyPod?

PerkyPod has a 40cm diameter, is 42cm tall and weighs roughly 4kg.

We will develop more options in future but this initial size was chosen to strike the balance between being large enough that most people would not want to lift, whilst being compact enough to look good inside or outside in a garden, balcony or patio. 

If you're shopping for a new plant to put into PerkyPod, a 30cm plant is a great size to start with. It can go into PerkyPod within its nursery pot until it acclimatises, or you can pot directly into PerkyPod if you add a bit of potting mix. As PerkyPod provides great drainage and prevents puddles, you really don't need to use nursery pots anymore!

PerkyPod white plant pot at nursery with huge houseplant dimensions 420mm tall 400m diameter

How much water does PerkyPod's water drawer hold?

The water drawer has nearly 900mL capacity – so you can give your plants plenty to drink without worrying about overflow! The drawer provides plenty of buffer against leaks.

Start with giving your plants no more than 1 litre of water and see how much drains into the drawer. You’ll soon learn what each of your plants needs to stay perky.

If you have an overflow situation, do not fear. The internal parts of PerkyPod are made of plastic so spills are easy to wipe up.

Does PerkyPod come in other sizes and colours?

Not yet but we hope so, one day soon! For now we just have white PerkyPods but we hope to include other colours in our next production run.

As a start-up business, we have begun with one size as our market research indicates that it’s a really popular size for houseplants. Also, it fits a plant that is probably a bit too heavy for you to want to carry around.

As the major cost for anything made of plastic is in the tooling (plastic mould), we only have one size at this point.

But please send us any suggestions so we know where to take PerkyPod next!
 

What is PerkyPod made of, and is it suitable for indoor AND outdoor spaces?

PerkyPod is made of UV-stabilised ASA plastic so it can be used indoors and outdoors for many years without discolouring.

When used indoors, PerkyPod saves the hassle of water running all over your floors. No more rotting floor boards, mouldy carpet and slippery drips. And no more lifting elsewhere so you can water in ample volume.

When used outdoors, PerkyPod prevents dirty messes leaking all over your patio and balcony, or into your pool! And say goodbye to unsightly limescale stains on your floors and pot saucers.

How soon can I empty PerkyPod's water drawer?

Wait at least 5 minutes for the water to finish draining into the water drawer. If you listen carefully, you may even be able to hear when the drips have stopped! Then you can remove the drawer and tip the water out of the easy-pour spout.

You can recycle that water on other plants (especially handy when you don’t want to waste precious fertiliser) or tip it in your garden. Or, you can leave the water in the drawer for the next plant chore session. It’s up to you!

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