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Posted:  11 Jan 2011 23:45  
I'm new to the industry and have never had a client ask for plants on top of partitions until now. It would work really well with a brown rectangle planter. But do brackets that i've seen really keep them in place? The room is pretty blah and I agree these would be great if I can get them to stya put.

Lighting is totally florescent never sun and pitch black at night.

Thanks!
Posted:  12 Jan 2011 00:41  
Yes, they do work.  TOPSiders is the original, and there are plenty of knockoffs out there today.  The hardware varies, from metal brackets that screw securely together and allow the box to be mounted snugly to the top or side of the partition, to clear lexan brackets that can sometimes crack and break if subjected to too much stress.

But they do offer a different way to get foliage at eye-level and utilize spaces other than floors and work surfaces that tend to become traffic hazards or clutter.  Plus, they work well with capillary matting to subirrigate the plants.

We used to do a government contract that had floor upon floor of TOPSiders full of 6" pothos...literally hundreds of planter boxes per floor.  That got old fast for the techs, but the clients loved it.

Clem
Posted:  13 Jan 2011 04:37  
I work mainly with the metal brackets. Didn't like the lexan AT ALL! 

Various things can be used in these containers doesn't have to be all one variety.  I use them often.  Just installed semi gloss black last week.  Client loved them.

I didn't like having to use all her existing scraggly plants, but the containers looked just fine.
Posted:  13 Jan 2011 21:43  
The topsiders do work as advertised, although nothing is perfect, they are difficult to water without hitting leaves and having the water dribble onto the other side of the divider where you can't see, unknowingly watering the important papers or computer or whatever is hidden from view. And typically they are placed directly in front of a person sitting at the work station so access is sometimes not as easy as you may think. We use them just be aware of the downsides associated with them.
Posted:  13 Jan 2011 23:52  
That's why the cap mat solution, or Sippers capillary "legs", work great.  All you need to do is to get the tip of your wand or nozzle into an open space between pots inside the box and fill to the desired depth using a numerical count (one-Mississippi...).  No need to water each pot if you use subirrigation.

Clem
Posted:  14 Jan 2011 16:56  
I have used topsiders for many years.
Watering isn't a problem like Clem said if you use the mat and just water between the pots.
It's a great look and easy to install and maintain.
Barb B
Posted:  15 Mar 2011 02:42  
they should make the topsiders a tad deeper to help with the use of sippers.  THAT would be awesome! 

I do like the newer slightly angled at the base containers too.  New look.

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