Although spring and summer season have just started on the street, we advise you not to pull and now think about what your cottage will look like in winter. To do this, we suggest finding out which street flower pots tolerate frosts well.
If you don’t have time and desire to make pots for flowers with your own hands, we suggest you find out which pots of materials will serve you for a long time and at the same time decorate the garden.
What makes street pots?
In fact, any material intended for "street life" is designed for difficult (in comparison with "home") conditions. However, each has its own subtleties.
Firestone Crushes (fiber stone)
The modern and demanded material consisting of fiberglass, pitches, a stone crumb and other components. He proved himself to be a very reliable and practical option for those who are not only interested in the impressive appearance of the product, but also in its durability.
This material is not afraid of weather changes, so feel free to go to the store and choose a pot for the soul. It’s interesting to look at street pots made of a matte firestone imitating clay or stone. If you prefer gloss, placing the pot on the site, remember that such a coating is quite easy to scratch.
Despite the lightness, plastic pots are not as fragile as they may seem. The fact is that for the manufacture of outdoor flowerpots use a more durable material and apply technology by which plastic pots (in stores you can find a variant of the name - 3D plastic, or bulk plastic) are not afraid of heat, nor frost, or mechanical damage.
If you decide to place an ordinary room plastic pots in the garden, be prepared for the fact that it may not survive the winter: this material is thinner than street plastic and may crack in the cold.
Manufacturers of plastic pots prudently make sure that their range satisfies the tastes of the widest possible range of customers, so the design of the flowerpots varies from luxurious classics to modern minimalism.
Composite material pots
No less durable and durable pots made of composite materials, such as marble. Resistant to weather vagaries, composite stone is an excellent material for making a mass of decorative garden elements: fountains, statues, amphoras, etc.
Since composite marble is a material of natural origin (a mixture of crumbs of Carrara marble and white cement), it is necessary to prepare it for winter (read about it below).
Terracotta, she's clay
The traditional material for the manufacture of pots from time immemorial is clay. Terracotta is the common name for unglazed clay products. If you doubt the strength of clay, think of the famous "terracotta army" - 8099 statues of this material, which retained their original appearance from 210 BC.
Street pots made of terracotta are not susceptible to efflorescence (the appearance of salt deposits), since they are made from a more resistant to external conditions grades of clay than indoor pots.
Glazed pot pots feel no worse than terracotta on the street. For the manufacture of outdoor ceramic pots use frost-resistant clay grades. Glaze coating makes pots more decorative, sophisticated.
This pot is better to "hide" under a canopy to protect the glaze from rain. The combination of rain and frost can ruin the glazed coating - it will crack and begin to peel off the clay.
Another material, the products of which must be protected from rain, is metal. Try to find a place for shelter under the shelter, for example, on the porch with a canopy, so that over time the metal does not begin to rust.
A metal planter looks impressive on the street and at the same time not fancy. At the same time neither frosts nor mechanical damages are afraid of him.
As mentioned above, it is not necessary to prepare pots made of 3D plastic or firestone for winter at all - they are already “ready” for almost any weather surprises. But the rest of the materials need additional measures to protect against severe temperature fluctuations. Here are some tips to help keep your street pots for years to come.
1. Do not allow moisture to enter pots.
If the model does not have a drainage hole or a planter stands directly on the flooring, care must be taken to ensure that after a shower the plant does not “float away” and the terrace is not spoiled by streams flowing out of the pot.
To do this, cut out a polyethylene film circle corresponding to the diameter of the upper part of the pots +2 cm. In the middle, make a cut for the plant. Cover the ground with the resulting disk in the pots, bend the edges. Top with a layer of shavings, pebbles or expanded clay.
2. Isolate the base of the pots from the ground.
It is impossible that the street pots stand directly on the "bare" ground. This can lead to the fact that the moisture in the soil, "goes" in pots, and this will later become the cause of its destruction. Place an insulating material under the container that will not allow the ingress of excess moisture inside. Laying can be foam, polyurethane foam or any other material that does not conduct moisture.
If the layer of material is too noticeable, decorate it with plants or stones.
3. Protect the bottom of the pots from ice crust.
To prevent an ice crust from forming in the winter under the pots, do the following: cut out a circle with a diameter that is equal to the base of the pot and put it under the pots from the breathing covering material (for example, a spunbond). Such a tissue layer will repel water and will not allow an ice crust to form.
4. Take care of the plant
A plant wintering in a street planter also requires care. Make a circle out of the covering material “breathing” (as in point 1) and cover the ground in the pot before wrapping the plant for the winter. Move the pots with wintering plants closer to the wall of the house.
You can take care of a comfortable wintering of a street plant in advance. To do this, before planting the flower, exfoliate the pots from the inside with coconut fiber.
Having picked up flowerpots for flowers and correctly placing it on a country site, you will undoubtedly make your garden even more beautiful and fragrant.
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