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So due to garden size restraints and a remodel that is in progress in the backyard I've decided to try and go vertical with my bonsai storage and I wanted to see if anyone has done anything similar and get any input I can. What I plan to use is this rack here https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-77-in-W-x-78-in-H-x-24-in-D-4-Shelf-Welded-Steel-Garage-Storage-Shelving-Unit-with-Wire-Deck-in-Black-ERZ782478W-4/202251082.....Its a huge husky shelving unit with adjustable shelving...My main concerns for this setup are wind and run off from top plants getting into lower plants....

For the wind I plan to put cement into 4 buckets and tie all 4 corners to these buckets and basically anchor it to the floor, and then probably use some type of garden wire to hold each tree to the shelves.

For the run off I'm debating using plastic on each shelf which wont help air circulation or just letting the water run through to the lower plants. I know part of the process that takes place when we water is removing built up salts in the pot and I don't think concentrating those to the lower pots will be good but maybe I'm over thinking it?

Also planning on buying a ton of spray able white plastidip and coating the whole thing to help reflect the heat and preserve the rack.

What do you guys think?
 

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Plano makes plastic ones that wont rust.

I wouldn't worry about run off, it can help save water.

Get a tent stakes package and some thin rope, a 16ft ladder and go 3 high!

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wouldn't worry about run off, it can help save water.
Though I did go by my old Apt...
And the bricks neath the tree sills are still white! Oops!

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Not a fan of wire and metal warehouse racks except as warehouse shelves. I think it a poor choice for outdoors. Nothing looks better than wood but the plastic shelves are a lot better than metal for outside. However the ones I have used do not have adjustable shelves and would only be suitable for smaller plants.
 
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big wheels are hypothetically everywhere
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god i love TPB! haha fucking bubbles

Plano makes plastic ones that wont rust.

I wouldn't worry about run off, it can help save water.

Get a tent stakes package and some thin rope, a 16ft ladder and go 3 high!

Sorce
Lol my brother was like "are you going to get a rolling library ladder so your short self can get to your trees" ahahaha!

Not a fan of wire and metal warehouse racks except as warehouse shelves. I think it a poor choice for outdoors. Nothing looks better than wood but the plastic shelves are a lot better than metal for outside. However the ones I have used do not have adjustable shelves and would only be suitable for smaller plants.
true i am worried about rust but thats why i was thinking of the plastidip spray or maybe even using a white bedliner kit on it...What do you guys think effective or not?
 

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Rustoleum makes a high heat paint as spray or gallon that is very legit for preventing oxidation. It comes in more colors than black.
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High heat paints are not completely cured until they experience high heat, like firing the grill. I have used tons of this for high heat applications around kilns.
 

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High heat paints are not completely cured until they experience high heat, like firing the grill. I have used tons of this for high heat applications around kilns.
Good to know @penumbra thanks! I’ve used it on wrought iron field markers I’ve sprayed and cemented to rock and 3 years later in the elements still no rust.
However, I’ve also not physically handled them much (spray-apply) -if it doesn’t cure till high temp I imagine it would remain somewhat tacky or such....not ideal for pots and prolonged hands...
@Potsofgreen please heed the warning & apologies for potentially bad intel.
Good check penumbra
 

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Good to know @penumbra thanks! I’ve used it on wrought iron field markers I’ve sprayed and cemented to rock and 3 years later in the elements still no rust.
However, I’ve also not physically handled them much (spray-apply) -if it doesn’t cure till high temp I imagine it would remain somewhat tacky or such....not ideal for pots and prolonged hands...
@Potsofgreen please heed the warning & apologies for potentially bad intel.
Good check penumbra
It will dry and is not tacky but if you rub it you will find it will come off if not heat treated. I have used various colored high heat paints on stands and control boxes for ceramic kilns.
 
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Good to know @penumbra thanks! I’ve used it on wrought iron field markers I’ve sprayed and cemented to rock and 3 years later in the elements still no rust.
However, I’ve also not physically handled them much (spray-apply) -if it doesn’t cure till high temp I imagine it would remain somewhat tacky or such....not ideal for pots and prolonged hands...
@Potsofgreen please heed the warning & apologies for potentially bad intel.
Good check penumbra
no worries, any intel keeps the conversation going...I can get a white bedliner kit off someone on offer up over here for half the price it goes for normally however its a roll on kit so that kind of sucks, I doubt I can get a even coat with a roll on...however I just picked up a smaller heavy duty metal rack for my cacti today and I'm going to try the plastidip on that bad boy first and kind of gauge the big rack off that
 
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So I was going to go with the upgraded version of this husky shelf that is around 200$ but a lot of bad reviews especially with the powder coat chipping off almost immediately...so what I decided to do was build one!

Im fairly handy and construction is my background, so around $250 in materials and I’m right on my way, almost complete and I will post pictures when I am, it’s going to be 8ft tall x 8ft wide x 36 I inches deep, I’m including a built in bench for working and repotting

wood was all basic pine with coats of a diluted solution of tea tree and neem for bugs and fungus, I then did a vinegaroon stain(look it up) for a distressed weathered look and finished it off with 2 coats of low VOC plant and animal safe waterproofing ( probably will need to be re done each year), all Simpson galvanized hardware, exterior deck screws, and then stainless steel brad nails to hold down the slats...

Here it is now and some progress pictures up to it and I will post pictures of it completed when I’m done, hopefully this weekend F6CC7635-4441-4C4E-8434-19710DB9F737.jpeg83891C45-F61B-4683-96FC-84A79B83DE3B.jpegA77EA3E8-1808-421C-906B-4E4A2A0C9FED.jpeg5A939627-CB15-4633-A919-7F89375007BB.jpeg6CB8F3E9-7E41-46B3-AF9C-15BF49FA4068.jpegFCF617E9-F873-4FB4-A621-58ADA71CCC7B.jpeg10DD8E88-9FFD-44AC-8C3F-1C55920BDFCA.jpeg
 

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