Frequently Asked Questions About Fiberglass

How long will a fiberglass planter last?

With proper care, fiberglass planters will last for years, indoors and outdoors. Just remember, the first fiberglass Corvette was made in 1953, and many of them are still cruising around!

Will fiberglass planters hold up well in extremely hot/cold climates?

The resin and fiberglass materials used are resistant to damage from sun exposure and withstand the most extreme weather conditions and climates including harsh winters, frost, and salt exposure.  Further, automotive-grade paints are used on our planters that have additional UV-protectants built in.  Outdoor planters require proper drainage to ensure water will not freeze and expand in the winter from freezing temperatures.

Do I need to empty the container in the winter?

It is not necessary to empty the planter in the winter as the material and finish is designed to handle expansion and contraction due to temperature variances.  Proper drainage is required and all we recommend drainage holes in all outdoor installations.

Will the color of the planter fade?

We use an industrial automotive-grade paints, similar what is used on automobiles and boats, which has been UV tested and specially designed for outdoors and full sun exposure. With proper care and maintenance such as waxing and cleaning the finish will stay beautiful for years to come.

Are there drainage holes in the bottom of the planter?

Because our planters may be used indoor or outdoors they do not come pre-drilled with drainage holes.  We offer drainage holes at no charge; make sure to select the yes option for drainage when purchasing your planters.  If you choose to open the holes yourself this may be done with a standard drill and drill bit.  We have provided a guide for drilling holes in your planter on the Preparing Your Planters page.

Can I plant directly inside of a fiberglass planter?

Yes, these planters may be used for direct planting.  Please see our Planting Guide for best practices.

What type of plants work best in my planter?

There are countless options for plants that will look attractive and work well in your planters. To make the best selection possible consider the following variables:

  • Will the plant be placed indoors or outdoors?
  • Will the location have bright or minimal light?
  • What are the ideal light, nutrient, water and weather requirements for the plant?

Some plants are not well suited to containers because their aggressive roots fill all the available space in the container and then begin to push their way through the container. While you don’t have to worry about this with most plants it is something to keep in mind. To ensure success in selecting the proper plants for your container, it would be wise to consult with your plant provider to be sure your plant grows well in the containers and to learn what soils, nutrients, lighting and water are required to keep your plants healthy. Please note, fiberglass planters may only be filled with lightweight potting soil, not top soil. See our Planting Guide for more information.

Can fiberglass scratch?

Like a car or boat, fiberglass finishes can suffer damage in the form of a scratch.  While this is not a big concern once your plants are planted, it is important to be careful during transport so you don’t scrape or move your planter against a rough surface.

How can I repair scratches?

There are several ways to correct a scratch on the surface of your planter. The finish on your planters consists of 4 layers. If the top layer is scratched, use a very fine sand paper to smooth over and remove the scratch. For deeper scratches, one of the easiest and most readily available products that can be used to repair scraps and scratches is to select a matching colored nail polish for your planter to conceal the scratch.

Will these planters bulge?

With proper planting, our fiberglass planters will not bulge.  See our ‘Planting Guide’ for our best practices for planting in our planters.

Do holes need to be put in the bottom of my planters?

This question depends on several variables. If you are using the planters indoors you do not want drainage holes. If you are using the planters outdoors you will need drainage holes to allow the water to drain from the bottom.

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