Planters, often used synonymous with pots, play a big part in the world of agriculture from home gardening to commercial greenhouse growing.  Whether you have one large terracotta planter sitting outside to accentuate your front stoop or you have a thousand small plastic planters in your greenhouse out back there is something here you probably didn’t know.  Before you start growing, know what planters are best suited to your chosen plant.  This next series of posts will highlight individual styles and materials most commonly used and some that aren’t so common.  Today we discuss :

Wooden Pots

Wooden pots are beautiful additions to a home garden if used in conjunction with a wooden fence, bench seats or other wooden garden features.  But sometimes they can be more of a nuisance than they are worth.  This is the type of pot that you are most likely to run into issues with regarding insects such as carpenter ants, termites and sow bugs.  Not only insects but the stains and sealers are often toxic to plants and without them there is a high likelihood that they will rot.  You can use paint or some form of waterproofing agent as well as fortify your structures with extra rust-proof nails or screws but your best bet to extend the life of your wooden pots is to use them as cachepots (see here for more) or to use a plastic liner.  The type of wood you use can also play a role in the aesthetic as well as the aging process.  Some of the more popular options are Cedar, Redwood, Cypress, Pine and Teak.  Look for our posts down the line that will discuss the differences and benefits of each!

 

Other

Hanging Baskets come in a wide variety all their own, so many so that we could do an entire series on the types of hanging baskets and their distinctions all their own (and we might!) but we’re going to leave them off of this list for now.  If there are any cool pot styles we’ve missed or you’d like to share your experiences using the different planter types you can message us through our facebook page!  I hope that you’ve all enjoyed our planter series and have learned something new.  If there is anything else you’d like to learn more about feel free to contact us and we’ll do our best to answer your questions, or maybe even start a new series about it!

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