Fiberglass Planters and Pots by Tournesol Siteworks are the high-quality outdoor commercial fiberglass planters your looking for. Large or small they are available in 13 distinctive styles and many sizes, forms, and colors.
As a developer, general contractor, and planter manufacturers with thousands of installations spanning almost two decades, DeepStream understands commercial and homeowner needs and high quality fiberglass planters.
DeepStream started as a customer of Tournesol while building one of our own residential projects. Now, almost 2 decades later, we have been a knowledgeable, authorized high-volume nationwide distributor of their fiberglass planters for more than 15 years.
Tournesol Siteworks Fiberglass Garden Planters have been specified by Landscape Architects, Contractors, and Builders for 36+ years. Their fiberglass garden planters have an industry leading 3-year warranty.
DeepStream can supply your Fiberglass Planters cost-effectively, offering 13 distinct Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastic (FRP) Planter design collections.
Contact Sheila at (305) 857-0466 or email@example.com for detailed on-line catalog information, wholesale pricing, and delivery times. Spring and summer are the busiest time for installation of fiberglass garden planters and lead times can stretch into months, so order early.
Commercial Fiberglass Garden Planters are created with a polyester-based fiberglass (also known as Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic, or FRP), hand-laid in open molds or sprayed from a gun as chopped glass of varying thicknesses. Fiberglass is a lightweight, strong material made up of layers of polyester resin-infused fiberglass strands. Thin inexpensive fiberglass planters are easily cracked and broken so, as always, quality is more expensive up front, but much less expensive in the long run.
The strength and durability of fiberglass depend upon the number of layers of strands and the type of resin used. The color is only in the outer layer, so chips can occur. Fiberglass itself is not waterproof, so the outer colored layer is a waterproof gelcoat and the inside of the planters are painted with a waterproofing material.
HDPE Food Safe Plastic Planters are an alternative with several advantages over fiberglass planters:
- They won’t crack.
- They are less expensive.
- Have a faster delivery time.
- They are built to custom sizes for no extra cost.
- HDPE is a solid color throughout and will never absorb water.
- Graffiti is easily removed and they are easily refinished.
These high quality commercial planters will change your perception of “plastic planters”. Unlike fiberglass planters, HDPE Planters have a solid color throughout, so they don’t show scratches like fiberglass or painted aluminum and can never absorb water. HDPE is more flexible so it does not crack like fiberglass under stress.
Like fiberglass, it is not the best material for plants with aggressive root systems. Although it won’t crack like fiberglass, it can bulge if not braced in the appropriate spots. Experienced craftsmanship and design can make all the difference. They have a 3-year warranty like fiberglass, which is extended to 5 years if used with DeepStream’s stock planter liner.
HDPE can be pressure cleaned, will not stain or hold paint, so it’s good in urban locations where it might be subject to graffiti. They can easily be refinished in place with a sanding block or random orbital sander like natural aluminum.
Choose marine alloy aluminum planters made from thick, rigid 5086 aluminum plate if you’re going to plant Clusia or other plants with aggressive root systems.
Commercial Aluminum Planters made with 5086 marine-grade aluminum are more expensive than fiberglass planters but, as they are the strongest and most rigid of the lightweight materials available, they are an excellent choice for landscaping with trees and aggressive root systems like Clusia and species of runner bamboo.
Pressure washable, unfinished marine alloy aluminum planters have a clean timeless contemporary look that will last for decades. No need for expensive stripping and refinishing ever. Like HDPE Food Safe Plastic Planters, Aluminum Planters are great to use where it might be subject to graffiti, as you can use chemical paint strippers and a random orbital sander to quickly and easily refinish them in place if a pressure washer doesn’t quite do the job.
If you have questions, need more information, or would like to discuss your project, please call Sheila at (305) 857-0466 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheila has decades of experience to call on as a developer, general contractor, and property manager, with thousands of planter installations and remediation project experiences to help you with budget-saving ideas.
Tips for improving Planter Drainage
Drain packs must be used in conjunction with a proper planting medium for container gardening, and inorganic filtering material to slow the drainage water so that any clay “fines” that could coat the geotextile will instead settle to the bottom of the liner below the side-wall drain.
- When selecting your outdoor planters, keep in mind that drainage is critical to the health of your plants grown in containers, and it is very difficult to remedy after the fact. The design of the planter liner is one of the important components.
- Generally, more tended plants die from drowning than from lack of water. “Old school” drain holes on the bottom and gravel drainage medium simply do not work and will quickly clog. DeepStream elevates the drainage hole center approximately 2″ up the sides of your liners to provide a “reservoir” for the tap roots, but more importantly, that space allows clay “fines” present in all most all planting mediums to settle instead of clogging drain packs.
- DeepStream pioneered modern drainage practices with side-wall drains and 3-layer drain filter packs. DeepStream places from one to three 3/4″ threaded drainage ports on its 16 stock proprietary plastic planter liners, to which various plugs, hose barbs and valves may be attached. Liners are non-structural and are meant to be placed inside planter boxes.
- Depending on your plants, planting mixture, and local climate, you may need to add more drains. Additional drain holes can be added as required by drilling additional holes in the side walls with a hole saw bit. If additional threaded ports are needed we stock two-part watertight bulkhead fittings.
- Planting mediums for container gardening are as varied as local climates and plant species. Here in Florida, we can get 6” of rain in a day in the rainy season, so we need a quick draining material and we often add perlite. If you have a dry climate, you may need to add more vermiculite to retain water. Since Florida also has a dry season where it my not rain for a month or more at a time, we use drip irrigation, as the planting medium we use for the rainy season dries out far too quickly during the dry season. For more in-depth information on drip irrigation, drainage, and the many aspects of container gardening check the Helpful Resource Links to planterblog.com listed at the bottom of this page.