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Planters, Urns, Pots and Drainage

Plant receptacles need to have adequate drainage so that the foliage planted in them will not develop root rot or “drown.”

drainage holes prevent plant root rot

Plant suffering from root rot

For outdoor use, place live plants in containers with drainage holes.  The water will flow through the containers, keeping the plants safe from over-watering.  Additionally, the drainage will stop water from pooling in the pots and keep them from freezing during the winter.  Frozen water will expand and crack the receptacles.

Furthermore, when placing urns on top of pedestals outdoors, we recommend installing drainage holes in the pedestals as well—especially if the pots will be connected to an automatic watering system.  Consequently, the tubes coming out of the side of the pot will be hidden.  In residential installations, however, many homeowners prefer to hand water their plants. In these cases, pedestal drainage holes aren’t necessary.  However, we recommend that all pedestals holding planters with live foliage have holes.

cast stone pedestals and urns with drainage holes

Urns and pedestals should both have drainage holes for outdoor planting.

On the other hand, for those wanting to use the urns and planters indoors, we advise that they NOT have drainage holes to avoid leaking onto inside floors. In these instances, there is a nominal charge for PLUGGING and sealing the pieces.  The most practical way to water these plants is to house the plants in containers that can be easily removed for watering, and then place back in the urns.

watering plants in removeable containers with drainage holes

Place indoor plants in removeable containers for easy watering.

Plant It and Leave It.

Archiped’s slogan is “Plant It and Leave It,” and that applies to drainage.  No rocks needed, no special soil, just “Plant It and Leave It”.

Patina of Cast Stone Garden Urns and Statuary - Archiped Classics

Patina and Cast Stone Garden Urns and Planters

Weathering is a concern when one is purchasing garden items, especially cast stone pots and planters. Some garden ornaments show tinges of weathering, whereas others develop a patina or have large spots of salt and mineral deposits leach through the walls.

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Shipping Cast Stone Urns and Garden Statuary

So What’s the Story with Shipping?

In the world of internet shopping, most people don’t think twice about shipping options. You place an order. The seller then sends it via FedEx, UPS, or through the US Postal Service, and it shows up at your door ready to be unpacked and enjoyed.

Shipping furniture and garden statuary, however, is a whole different animal than purchasing a book on Amazon and having it sent to your great-great aunt in Peoria.

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Cast Stone Garden Urns vs Portland Cement Garden Ornaments - Archiped Classics - Dallas, TX

Archiped Cast Stone Versus Portland Cement

Let’s talk about something exciting today. Hmmm… now what could that be? Brexit? Trump vs. Hilary? Flying with a stunt pilot in an airplane that runs out of gas? Mercy, no! The raw material used by Archiped to make its hand cast garden statuary and how it differs from cheapo gray concrete is probably the most fascinating topic that you will find on the Internet today. Oh yes, it’s true. Cast stone is enthralling!

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Archiped Makes Planting Flowers in Outdoor Cast Stone Urns and Planters Easy

Fine cast stone planters and pedestalsNot 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.™

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