While each planter material has its own advantages and disadvantages, fiberglass is by far the best material you can use for your indoor and outdoor plants. However, when shopping around for fiberglass planters, you may come across different myths and misconceptions about these products. Read on to discover four fiberglass planter myths that are simply not true, though they’re commonly believed.
Myth 1: Fiberglass planters look cheap.
While some fiberglass planters may be of a lower quality, the top-quality products, like the ones we offer at Jay Scotts, are made of the highest quality materials. Our fiberglass planters have a smooth, flawless finish that highlights their beautiful lines and can complement any plants perfectly. Furthermore, the high-grade automotive coatings we use are available in a wide range of colors that can suit any possible style and add a refined look to commercial and residential spaces alike. Since these paint systems also act as sealers, our fiberglass planters are protected from temperature and weather extremes, including a lot of rain, snow, frost, and excessive sunlight. This means that you don’t have to worry about cracking, fading or peeling when you choose our high-quality fiberglass planters. Because our planters also have a smooth interior finish, they prevent the adherence of disease-causing microorganisms, promoting plant health.
Myth 2: Fiberglass planters only work in warm climates.
Another common myth surrounding fiberglass planters is that they cannot be used in cold weather. That’s because some people wrongly assume that fiberglass planters can break as the water in the soil freezes and expands. To prevent this from happening, have your outdoor fiberglass planters pre-drilled with drainage holes, which allow excess water to seep out, preventing it from freezing in cold weather. It’s also important to know that frozen soil tends to expand upward, according to research. This upward movement limits the amount of pressure exerted on the walls of the planter. Additionally, to ensure the durability and service life of our planters in severe environments, our fiberglass has been rigorously tested in extreme temperatures with success. Because field tests have shown excellent planter performance under different weather conditions, our fiberglass planters have long enjoyed a reputation as the “go-to” choice for any landscaping and interiorscaping needs.
Myth 3: Fiberglass planters are more expensive than other plant containers.
If we compare the initial cost of a fiberglass planter to that of a plastic pot, the fiberglass planter is more expensive. Compared to wood and ceramic plant containers, fiberglass planters are about the same price. While wood and ceramic planters are susceptible to water damage and plastic pots degrade when exposed to sunlight or heat for long periods, fiberglass containers can last a lifetime with minimal maintenance. Therefore, fiberglass planters may be the least expensive option in the long run.
Myth 4: Fiberglass planters with drainage holes may facilitate soil moisture loss.
While good soil drainage is imperative to plant health, a common misconception is that fiberglass planters with drainage holes allow potting soil to dry out too quickly, especially in hot weather. Compared to wood, terracotta, concrete and other porous planter materials that allow water to evaporate, fiberglass isn’t permeable. Therefore, fiberglass planters can actually prevent water evaporation and minimize soil moisture loss, regardless of whether they have drainage holes or not. If your soil dries out too fast, there are a few simple things you can do to keep the moisture at the recommended levels for longer. For instance, you can purchase fiberglass planters without drainage holes, such as the Montserrat Planter Box, Pego Oval Planter and Saint Tropez Round Bullet Planter. Also, you can water your plants more often and blend perlite, peat moss or other components with a high water-holding capacity into your potting mix.
At Jay Scotts, we offer a great selection of top-quality fiberglass planters that are ideal for indoor and outdoor use. As our employees are highly skilled and experienced in this industry sector, they can answer any questions when it comes to choosing the best fiberglass planters for your plants.