Not all urns and pots and planters come ready to plant. Anyone could logically think that one could buy a planter, take it home, pour in some dirt, stick in a plant and get ready to hear the oohhs and ahhhs of friends.
Unless you are buying from Archiped, it’s not that easy. Archiped’s cast stone urns and planters all come with drainage holes so that your flowers won’t drown. They don’t have to be emptied in the winter or covered to prevent cracking. You don’t have to add gravel. In fact, you don’t have to do anything. With Archiped cast stone products, you plant it and leave it.™
The 7 Best Tips for Planting Flowers in Outdoor Cast Stone Urns and Planters:
- Drainage Holes: There MUST be a drainage hole if the planter will be outside in the elements. Even if you don’t plan to put anything in the urn, you have to have the drainage so that water doesn’t pool and cause cracking in the winter or become a haven for mosquitoes in the summer.
- Matching Holes: If the cast stone container is going to be used as a planter on top of a pedestal, make sure that the manufacturer will drill a hole in the pedestal to match up with the hole in the urn if you have an application that will need it. This is crucial if you are going to plumb the urn and pedestal combo so that they are hooked up to the sprinkler system.
- Root Ball: There has to be enough room in the urn or planter to allow for the root ball of the plant you’d like to use.
- Seepage: Check to be sure the cast stone garden container is made so that the waste water from the watering system does not seep through the sides of the pots.
- No Liners: Quality planters and cast stone urns need no liners. You shouldn’t have to paint the insides to work with winter freezes or seepage.
- Interior Use Drainage: In the words of Sherlock Holmes, “It’s elementary, my dear.” You can’t have a drainage hole if you are going to use the jardinière indoors. Someone, someday, will forget that he isn’t supposed to water a plant without removing it from the decorative urn. Your fine furniture and highly polished wooden floors would look absolutely charming with water stains.
- No Painted Finishes: Paint on an outdoor cast stone garden container is like any other paint, i.e., it eventually peels off. Cast stone, iron, pottery, clay… you name it, they all have to be repainted at some point. Archiped solves this problem by mixing the dyes into the wet raw material called slurry. The dye does not simply permeate the piece, the urn or planter becomes the color of the dye both inside and out.
If you follow these tips, you can rest assured that your plants will have the best chance of living in your new planters—as long as I’m not tending them. Happy Planting!!!!!