How Does Cold Weather Affect Most Planters?

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Most planters have a very limited life. The plants that you’ve nourished and cared for are at risk if your containers fail to perform. While some plants thrive in cold weather, low temperatures can certainly add stress to the planters that hold them. Choosing the right planter can make your job much easier and more fun.


The most readily available planters on the market today are the terracotta pots. While easy to find, they may not be the best for long term outdoor use. Terracotta style planters are porous and retain moisture. Over time, continued exposure to cold (and heat) will break down the natural materials and the containers will become brittle. Moisture in the porous natural crevices will freeze and break the pot itself. It’s not a question of “If it will break” – it’s a question of “when it will break”.


Plastic planters come in a wide array of colors and shapes. However, due to their much thinner walls, they do not offer any protection for the root system and often plants do not thrive well in plastic in any conditions – indoors or out. Extreme weather can damage the planter and the plants they hold. Cold weather causes plastic to become brittle and susceptible to breaking. 


Wood planters, while beautiful in design, present the problem of rot that will harm the planting medium and therefore the plant. Hardwoods, pine, birch and even cedar will break down in any environment. When wood planters are used inside, the moisture from watering the plant will destroy the wood in a relatively short period of time. Outside cold temps, rain, and sun will deteriorate the wood more quickly and leave your plant roots exposed.

Fired Clay

Fired clay planters react to temperatures in much the same way as the terracotta planters. While the glazed clay has a slightly longer life than the unglazed, the material will end as any other natural material with trapped water that will freeze and expand causing the containers to break.


Like terracotta and clay, ceramic planter have issues with being porous, are fragile in design and won’t fare well in cold temperatures for the same reasons.

The best planters are fiberglass planters!

Long-lasting and durable fiberglass containers provide low maintenance and easy care year round.

Fiberglass planters allow for everything that others lack. Strong, lightweight, fiberglass planters can stand up to extremely low temps while maintaining the look you’ve chosen. Fiberglass planters do not need special attention when the seasons change making them the best choice for your plants. Many styles, textures, colors and designs will add to the decor and show your unique style.

Long-term performance makes Jay Scotts fiberglass planters a better choice in cold temperatures. Besides, wouldn’t you rather be caring for the plants and not the containers?

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