The vast majority of the planters in the Nurseries’ collection are frost proof and can remain outside all year – the few pots not suitable for outdoor winter use are noted in their descriptions.
The key to healthy plants and undamaged pots is simple – drainage. Clay is the perfect material for planters. Being porous, it allows excess moisture to pass back out of the pot and air to flow around the plant roots. However, to prevent excess moisture building up within the rootball which will then expand during freezing conditions and thus cause the pot to crack, it is vital that the drainage holes at the base of pots remain unblocked.
All of our planters are made with such holes (although these can be sealed upon request if you wish to use planters indoors or turn them into water features, etc – please contact us for a quotation).
Keeping drainage holes clear is a simple, two step process. Firstly, always raise your pots slightly off the ground using pot feet. Many of our planters are supplied with pot feet, those that are not make this clear in the product description and we strongly advise you purchase pot feet separately. Using pot feet or spacers means the planter can’t easily ‘seal’ itself to the floor and block the drainage hole.