Choosing garden planters for a commercial building property can be quite confusing. There’s a sea of choices out there. But there’s always the danger of choosing the wrong material which can drain your investment considerably. Pots that don’t drain water well, for instance, are a costly mistake. Porosity and weight need to be considered too. It pays to do your homework before you set out shopping. Here are a few factors to consider:

Sufficient Drainage

Garden pots for commercial properties need to have adequate drainage. Drainage holes serve several purposes. They allow excess water to seep away so the soil retains just enough moisture that the plants need. If excess water is not drained off, the plants can drown or rot in the water.

Air Circulation

Pots need to be porous to allow air and moisture to move through, cool the roots, and prevent root rot. Containers made from unglazed terracotta, clay, timber, paper pulp and other natural materials are best for this purpose. On the flip side, natural materials heat up faster in the sun, drying out the potting mix so the plants can dry up faster too. In freezing conditions, they tend to crack. It’s important to water the plants regularly to retain moisture. Fibreglass, cast stone and concrete are the most weather resistant. Ceramic and plastic pots retain moisture better. Glazed pots fare better in the cold than unglazed pots.

Weight and Mobility

The weight of the container after filling it with soil needs to be considered when you’re looking at empty pots. If the planters are too heavy, it will be hard to move around. They can also break the support frames that the planters rest on. Plastic and fibreglass pots are a better alternative for large commercial property containers. 

Choosing Planters for your Property

For outdoor displays, first, plan the pots to decorate the area, then decide what you want to plant in them. Consider the size of the plant, where to place the pots and your budget for landscaping. Pay attention to the roots as they need room to grow. The roots must not cramp up at the bottom in circles but need space to spread out. There should be more soil visible than the roots and at least an inch of growing space around them. Avoid small pots that allow the soil to dry out too quickly. No matter what size planters you use, they must have a drainage hole or two at the bottom. 

Greenville Planters, Mississauga

Greenville Planters is a Canadian supplier of premium large-sized, custom indoor and outdoor, year-round fibreglass and metal planters and pots. We ship our commercial planters to all locations across Canada with no minimum order size. We partner with landscape architects, designers, landscape contractors, interiorscapes, real estate developers, property managers, builders, and others, adding value to your projects. Contact us for a quote.


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