In keeping with DeepStream’s commitment to Sustainable Design and craftsmanship, we create square and rectangular commercial grade Aluminum Planters in a natural finish 5086 Marine alloy. We also wholesale popular, cost-effective aluminum planters manufactured from 5052 alloy and powder coated for us in any color a customer specifies.
Short or tall, fashionable powder coated round, rectangular, and square aluminum planters have clean modern lines.
Thinner, powder coated 5052 aluminum planters are a cost-conscious option that can be built to custom sizes in rectangular, square, tapered, or round shapes, with a folded-over lip for strength and rigidity, then given a powder coat finish in any color.
Whether you choose square, rectangular, round, or tapered planters, aluminum is one of the most common and durable elements on earth. While we highly recommend leaving Aluminum planters in their natural sanded aluminum finish, they may be painted or powder coated with any color.
The strength of aluminum over fiberglass makes it a good choice to contain trees and plantings with aggressive roots. Because aluminum is so easy to work with, it is an ideal medium for custom planters, so contact us for a quotation for your specific needs.
5052 alloy aluminum is used in ship construction, so your planters will last virtually forever. Because aluminum is so easily and cost-effectively recycled, selecting aluminum planters are a more environmentally sound selection than wood, and are far more durable than fiberglass.
Prices and warranty of Aluminum Planters are highly dependent on the alloy, thickness, and what finish you choose.
Unpainted “natural” 5086 aluminum planters manufactured by DeepStream have a 10-year structural warranty. The natural finish will develop a deeper patina over the years providing even more protection, if you prefer the bright aluminum finish they may be easily and quickly refinished in place with a power sander. Bare aluminum planters should last for decades, provided they have not been exposed to hydrochloric or sulphuric acid, caustic soda, copper, or potassium, all of which have aggressive action on any aluminum. If you need to add any of those elements to your soil mixture for any reason, then you should also order a plastic liner.
DeepStream’s Square and Rectangular Modern Aluminum Planters are commercial Landscape Architect grade, made with 5086 3/16″ thick marine-grade aluminum, as used on yachts and commercial ships. They are the strongest and most durable aluminum planters available.
While the total lifetime cost of DeepStream’s Aluminum planters will be many times less than that of painted aluminum planters, even if you only own them for 5-10 years, the initial cost is higher. It simply takes more labor to produce flawless unpainted aluminum planters, and the more rigid and expensive 5086 marine alloy we use is 3 times thicker than standard aluminum planters. However 5086 aluminum, left in its natural state, creates its own patina that protects it from oxidation in demanding marine environments for decades.
DeepStream’s natural finish 5086 Commercial Aluminum Planters can handle plants with aggressive roots like the Clusia above or runner Bamboo.
Commercial Mini-Greenhouse Aluminum Planters
The self-contained aluminum raised planter bed greenhouse, is constructed with slide-up-easy panels using DeepStream’s proprietary trademark marine-anodized aluminum structural extrusions. Panels and removable roof are made with insulating Twin-Wall polycarbonate panels.
Panels may be replaced in the summer with an open mesh screen to keep out birds and other pests, while allowing bees and other pollinators to enter.
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.