Why You Should Consider A Potting Bench
You should repot fast growing plants like the golden pothos (Scindapsus aures) every year. The fiddle leaf fig—aka the blogger tree—is another fast growing plant you should repot yearly until it reaches a size you're happy with or the next pot size up is too big for your space, whichever comes first. Slower growing plants can go two to three years without a new pot, but the point is that repotting is unavoidable. Most of that repotting should happen during the slow growing season, usually winter and early spring, but year-round care isn't unheard of, especially if you live in a warmer climate.
A designated area for your repotting saves your back from stooping over low work surfaces (like a dining room table), is more sanitary than using your kitchen counters, and can double as an outdoor bar if you're limited on space.
What To Consider When Shopping For Potting Benches
When shopping for potting benches, consider the type of gardener you are and keep that in mind when you decide on height, material, and surface.
The most common height for potting benches is 36 inches, the same as kitchen counters. However. potting benches do come in various heights. The goal is to avoid stooping and strain on your back, particularly since you'll be working with heavy pots and containers of soil. If 36 inches is too short, look for benches with an adjustable height mechanism. Or buy something with heavy-duty casters, like the Home Styles Bali Hai Wood Potting Bench
. The casters add an additional 5 inches in height and make the bench easy to move in and out of the shade.
Potting benches are typically outdoor pieces of furniture. They get wet and dirty. They see the heat of summer and the cold of winter. This seems obvious, but if you are someone who doesn't like the look of weathered wood—teak turns a pretty silvery grey—you're better off with a powder coated metal
or galvanized steel potting bench. Both of these materials conveniently allow you to hose them clean and air dry in the sun. A word of caution: powder coated material will need a coat of poly every year or so to prevent rust.