Front Door Planters
Recently I was searching for some front door planters that I could use to grow some flowers and beautify my front door. The idea was to get some planters that were not only gorgeous but could also be practical and serve the purpose effectively. When choosing front door planters, I wanted to avoid making costly mistakes that could result in dry soil, waterlogged soil or broken pots.
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Let’s look at some of the factors that you should consider when choosing front door planters from the wide selection of planters available in the market.
Drainage for Front Door Planters
Having adequate drainage holes in your planter is crucial. Many plants cannot do well when they are sitting in water. To thrive the plants, require well-draining soil in a planter that has drainage holes that get rid of excess water.
The negative effects of excess water are worse in some plants such as succulents. Root rot is common in plants that have been sitting in water or drowning.
The Planter’s Porosity
Porosity is also one of the factors you have to consider when selecting front door planters. Porous planters allow air and moisture to move in and out of them.
Some of the porous containers available in the market are made from materials such as timber, paper pulp, unglazed terracotta, and clay.
One of the benefits of porous planters is that they allow moisture to evaporate which cools the soil which is ideal in hot temperatures. The ability to allow excess water to evaporate means that the plants are less likely to suffer from root rot. The porous planters also promote healthy root growth by allowing air to circulate around the roots.
One of the disadvantages of the porous planters is that they allow the soil to dry out too quickly especially when the planters are located under full sun. The plants require regular watering which if not provided will cause the plants to experience stress and death eventually.
Front Door Planters Weight
The weight of the front door planters is important because one size doesn’t fit all situations. Wet and moist soil can get very heavy and make it very difficult to move around. If you intend to place the planters on a deck or balcony you might want to consider the combined weight of the wet soil, the planter as well as the plants.
Weight also becomes important if you regularly move your planters around. If you like to change the look of your front door, entrance, or garden frequently then you need easy to move planters. Some materials such as plastic, polyethylene planters are lightweight and easy to move around.
Sometimes you need mobility to take advantage of the limited sunlight as it moves throughout the day. If you have heavy planters you will not be able to position them in different locations.
If you seeking stability then getting heavy front door planters is advisable. This especially applies if you are working in a wind and exposed position.
If you are working with top-heavy or tall plants then getting a heavyweight planter is advisable. Having a sturdy planter will reduce the risk of winds blowing your arrangement over and causing damage. There is nothing more frustrating than waking up in the morning to find your new front door planter fallen over and broken into a million pieces.
Aesthetics of the Front Door Planters
The aesthetics of the front door planters are important because they are among the first things that people see when they visit your home. You need to consider the shape, color, and ornamental value of the planters.
There are so many shapes and colors to choose from and the choice is influenced by factors such as your preferences as well as what will work well with other aspects of your front door. Ceramic planters are some of the most aesthetically pleasing planters available for both indoor and outdoor use.
Size is also important because it determines the type of flowers you can successfully grow in the planter. As an example, if you intend to plant several plants in one planter, it’s advisable to have large planters that will provide the flowers with enough room for growth.
The ornamental value is also important because a cute and pretty planter enhances the beauty of plants. Sometimes, planting some plain flowers in a cute planter causes them to pop.
Durability and cost of the planter
I like to combine durability and cost because I like to get a planter that I can reuse later. I can extend the life of the planter and save some money in the process. Reusing planters is only possible if they were durable in the first place. Metal planters can last for years and years an example is copper planters.
The length of life for the planter and its durability depends on the types of materials as well as the location of the planter. You need to consider whether you want a temporary container or one that will last you a while.
In the majority of the cases, planters that are more durable may cost more initially but in the long-run, they are worth the investment.
Maintenance of Front Door Planters
The maintenance needs of planters are an important consideration. If you are going for planters that require low maintenance you should get those with materials that don’t require frequent restoring.
Some planters require the use of chemicals to retain their appearance as well as prevent deterioration from exposure. However, it’s important to note that almost all forms of planters require some form of maintenance from time to time. Some examples of easy maintenance are resin planters.
The insulation properties of front door planters are important because they determine how quickly the planter heats or cools.
If you are growing your plants in cool weather you should consider selecting dark-colored front door planters. The dark color doesn’t reflect light so much and absorbs it more which can help protect your plant’s roots from frost. The dark-colored planters can also help extend the growing season.
If you are growing your plants in hot weather you can choose planters that reflect light as well as those with a buffer against heat.
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