Are Fiberglass Planters More Durable Than Terracotta Planters?

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Fiberglass vs. Terrcaotta Planters

When it comes to the wide world of planters, there are more options than can be counted on one hand. Each one has its pros and cons, but sometimes the benefits don’t outweigh the negatives. When it comes to terracotta, many believe that their weight equates to a strong durability. But that isn’t quite true! Terracotta planters have a few weaknesses that put their durability into question, including weather, chipping, and staining.


Adjusting plants to weather can be a pain. Sometimes the weather can be unpredictable, and when it is, worrying about the state of your planter should not be something that you should have to think about on top of it! Terracotta planters are extremely vulnerable to the cold. The colder the temperature, the higher the chance that the planter will crack or even shatter enough to completely fall apart. With high temperatures, the planter heats and evaporates water quicker than normal, leaving plants vulnerable to drying out. Fiberglass planters are not nearly as likely to fall prey to weather changes or heat, and will not crack or shatter in the cold. This guarantees peace of mind no matter what crazy temperatures will come your way.


Terracotta planters are notorious for shattering – and shattering well. A small fall, or even just being knocked over on the right surface will surely shatter a planter beyond repair. This can be dangerous for pets and small children, as well as putting all of your plants at risk. Even if a terracotta planter doesn’t take a tumble, when the planters are placed in high traffic areas, the chances of chips happening are increased by a large amount. Fiberglass planters, however, are resistant to chips! The unique way that they’re made with fiberglass and resin layers keep the material from being vulnerable to chips or dents. Fiberglass planters can be put anywhere without risk of pieces coming off of them and posing a danger to plants, kids, or fur babies. 


Due to the porous nature of terracotta material, staining is an unforutante side effect. Salt from water or minerals from potting soils seep into the planter and leave a residue that increases over time and is almost impossible to get out. Replacing the planters can be a burden, especially since terracotta planters are known for their excessive weight. Trying to haul planters every season because they no longer look how you want them to can be incredibly difficult and overwhelming. With fiberglass planters, their composition and bright, beautiful colors means that their shine won’t fade every season, and won’t be stained by salts or minerals from soil or water. With an array of colors to pick from, the planters are guaranteed to fit the color scheme that you want, not the color scheme you have to pick because of limited color options. 

Terracotta planters can look very nice in certain environments, but more often than not, their classic look doesn’t fit with most color schemes. Coupled along with that, their weaknesses make the planters a viable option only in a handful of locations that don’t get too hot or too cold. Fiberglass planters are immune to chipping and scratching, have incredible color options that won’t fade or be impacted by staining, and can withstand a variety of different temperatures without posing risk to the planter or the plants contained inside of them. For more reasearch on which planters are best, check out a comparison on fiberglass vs foam in a recent post, or fiberglass vs steel . Find your next planter that is perfect for you project by browsing our latest designs. 

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