So, you’ve already selected the right plants and flowers to suit your resort’s image. Now, the next thing you need to do is find out how to keep them healthy and substantially extend the life of your planters in order to enjoy a beautiful outdoor space for many years to come.
To help you with your project, we have gathered together a few simple tips you might find useful for plant installation & keeping your planters looking good year after year!
Opt for Adequate Fiberglass Planters
When it comes to resort areas, one of the most important things to choose is the right types of fiberglass resort planters. For this, you need to consider the size of the space, sun exposure, and other items that will be placed in the area, including tables, chairs, umbrellas, etc. It’s also important to decide whether the plants and planters will be used to create a specific atmosphere, to divide a space, or to offer privacy.
Fiberglass planters must also have the right sizes and shapes for the root systems and growth patterns of plants. Additionally, they should be provided with appropriate drainage to allow the water in the soil to drain freely, so enough air is available for the roots. This is an extremely important aspect because insufficient drainage keeps the soil too wet for too long, causing the roots to drown and the plant to die prematurely.
Choose the Right Type of Soil
The plants you intend to grow dictate the type of soil you need. For instance, certain species of perennials, herbs, succulents, and cacti prefer soils that drain well. Conversely, rich foliage and tropical plants thrive in soils that retain moisture.
The soil must also be selected in conjunction with the types of planters you use. That is because specific elements can damage the planters. As an example, excess water can break down the coatings used to seal fiberglass planters. This can lead to hairline cracking even in the highest quality and most durable planters.
Because the best potting soils contain a mixture of peat moss, vermiculite, sand, and perlite to ensure a delicate balance between drainage and moisture retention, they’re appropriate for most potted plants. Additionally, these soils include shredded bark or compost to buffer against pH changes and provide all the nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, that plants need to grow and thrive.
If the plants are healthy and don’t show any signs of insect infestations or disease, the same soil can be used for longer than one year. However, the soil mixes must be changed periodically to ensure proper drainage, aeration, and nutrients for your plants.
If you are using fiberglass planters, top soil that is specified for your type of plant is highly suggested because expansion is minimal when watering.
Prepare the Planters
If you intend to use large fiberglass resort planters, such as our Strasbourg Round Modern Planter or Tiergarden Rectangular Rail Planter, it’s best to place them in their final spots before filling them with top soil. Even if you use lightweight potting soil or filler material that makes planters lighter, large planters maybe difficult to move around after filling.
When potting a plant, it’s important to put in enough soil and pat it down lightly to eliminate air pockets. Then, add soil to the remaining space, leaving a soil-free lip of about one inch at the top of the planter.
Prevent Spots and Stains
The water that drips out from the bottom of planters often contains different minerals and salts that can leave behind unsightly stains on concrete, stone, titles, and other landscape paving materials commonly used for driveways, walkways, and pool areas.
In most cases, a mildly acidic cleaner can be used to remove stains. However, a better strategy would be to prevent staining in the first place. To avoid leakage, you should:
- Use soil that has adequate organic matter and nutrients to maximize absorption;
- Always water the plants according to their needs, type of soil, and weather;
- Develop a watering routine but never water your plants without checking the soil and making sure it needs to be watered;
- Never apply water faster than the soil can absorb it.
If runoffs do occur, rinse the area right away to dilute and disperse minerals and salts.
According to researchers, people feel happier and more energetic when they’re surrounded by flowers and plants. Now, imagine the great effect those plants and flowers in beautiful planters could have on your guests and prospective customers! While the impact of fiberglass resort planters might seem minor, it can help you create a memorable overall experience for your customers and turn them into brand ambassadors for your business.