Spring Fever DIYs
· Besides Style and Color, Climate Is Important
· Material of Container
· Weight of Container
· Sun or Shade
· Cold Climate
LET’S START WITH GLAZED CERAMIC POTS:
CERAMIC POTS PRO’S:
· Beautiful Colors
· Many Styles
· Easy to Clean
CERAMIC POTS CON’S:
· Not porous like terra cotta so if you over water, plant can rot
· Whole vessel can crack in freezing temp’s. Be able to move it indoors.
· Look for a label that reads “frost proof”
· Glaze cracks if watered in hot temp’s
· On the Topic of Weight, Fiberglass & Concrete Pots Look Heavy But Actually, Are Not!
FIBERGLASS & CONCRETE PROS:
· Many Styles from Classic to Modern
· Different Finishes- Textured or Smooth
· Lighter Than Real Concrete
· You Can Patch and Paint It If You Damage It!
ON THE DOWNSIDE (DEPENDING ON THE QUALITY):
· Color can fade in full sun
· Can crack and warp in freezing/hot temps if has a hole that lets water into container walls and compromises its integrity.
· Absorbs heat so it can cook roots of tender plants
· Tips: no full sun. Use indoors, in shade, or patio. Water early morning or evening to avoid root damage
**Moving on to plastic. We see these everywhere.
Plastic is one of the most popular materials for containers, many are made using recycled plastic.
· Many shapes, sizes, colors
· Looks like terra cotta
-DEPENDING ON QUALITY
· Doesn't Breathe, Water Can't Evaporate - Don’t Overwater
· Example #1: "Cheap Plastic" In Full Sun, Color Fades, Walls Crack If Plant Has Aggressive Roots- Warps
· Example #2: "Better Plastic"- Thicker Walls & Molded Rim.
Considered "Commercial" Grade and Can Be Used in Full Sun Without Backing. Used in Many Cityscapes- See Photo
· Example #3: "Best Plastic" Made from A Blend of Plastic and Resin Polymers Plus Other Proprietary Materials, This Is The Strongest And Most Durable Of All The Plastic Type. It Costs More Too.
Can Be Used in Or Out, All Temperatures. Lightweight.