Commercial fiberglass planters are the most highly regarded planter boxes today. They are made with great quality and are composed of durable material. They are commonly used in business arena today not only because of their quality and durability but also with their modern designs. Below, we will discuss details about how you can provide great growing environment for your plants and protect your planters at the same time.
Outdoor Planters under Sun and Rain
When planters are placed outside, drain hole is required to avoid excessive water built up inside the planters during rainy season. Usually you would also install a water dripping system for the dry days of the year. To be more decorative, you can put custom saucers or pans under the planter boxes. The saucers or pans should have drain holes that connect a drain pipes. You can also connect the drain pipes directly into the side or bottom of your planter boxes for the same purpose.
A frequently asked question is how to provide the right amount of water for my plants, and at the same time avoid having excessive water killing the plants or damaging surrounding flooring? If you think a commercial planter would withhold all the water, you are in the wrong path. Commercial planters, in most materials including fiberglass, are rarely designed to be 100% water tight. Even when a planter is 100% water tight, you do not want excessive water to build up inside your planter. The excess water will end up damaging your plant.
There are many ways to maintain the right amount of water content for your plants while protecting your planter boxes.
1. The best option is to install a Sub-Irrigation System. Using a sub-irrigation system has 3 main advantages:
- It provides water for the plant from the soil and up.
- It prevents your planter from direct contract with water.
- It reduces the watering frequency.
2. In conjunction with #1, you can also install a waterproof liner. Waterproof liners are very beneficial to any commercial and even residential garden setting. Here are two major advantages:
- Planter Protection. Most modern planters have beautiful and exquisite designs that perfectly fit into our interior or exterior decor. You definitely do not want it to break, crack, or damaged. Frequent watering may damage planter due to excessive moisture, especially for those that are made of wood.
- Prevent Leaking. Who wants a mess of water inside their homes or office? Most of the commercial plant containers, by design, may allow excessive mositure to pass through without proper waterproof liner.
When having a waterproof liner installed in your commercial planters, it is also important to ensure their quality.
If you do not have a liner that would fit your planter box perfectly, you can put the entire plant container that comes with your plant inside the commercial planter box. Usually the nursery store would sell a fitted liner that would go along with your original plant’s container.
3. The following is the last option if you do not have the material and equipment to implement option #1 and #2. You can put a piece of plastic, make sure there is no hole, on the bottom and around the inside walls of the planter. Then put the soil on top of the plastic before planting into the soil. This option is usually not recommended for two reasons.
- You do not know if there is excessive water collect in the planter. By the time you know, your plant maybe already in trouble.
- With all the soil inside the planter box, it becomes so heavy that you could not move it around.
In any case, you need to avoid growing your plant indoor with soil directly contacting the planter box without using one of the methods above.