Are Resin Planters Good for Plants?

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No matter if you're looking to decorate a business building, retail space, or restaurant, there's no easier way to create an eye-catching display than with large resin planters overflowing with an abundance of botanical beauty. But at Pots, Planters & More, we’re often asked, "Are resin planters good for plants?". 

Although commonly thought of as plastic, genuine resin is an organic compound derived from plants that, when heated, is poured into molds and baked to form a solid yet pliable material. Resin's durability and lightweight make it an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor planters while requiring a lot less maintenance than other materials such as terracotta or wood. 

Continue reading to find out how long resin planters last, whether they can stay out in winter, and more as we take a deeper look into the pros and cons of this fascinating material.

Withstands Extreme Weather Conditions

Some pots claim to be frost-resistant but crack when temperatures drop and soil freezes and expands. However, resin is an incredibly flexible material that swells and contracts as the weather fluctuates between hot and cold — allowing your containers to sit outside year after year, undamaged. 

Resin is also astonishingly hardy, unlike planters made from natural materials like stone or metal, where all it takes is a runaway lawnmower or a flurry of kicked gravel to knock a chip into the surface. As soon as the topcoat develops a crack, moisture can get in, causing irreparable rust and corrosion, and it's only a matter of time before your pot crumbles completely.

Stains Scrub off in an Instant

Pots and planters are prone to picking up dirt and grime if positioned in a public area — from bird droppings to watermarks and even graffiti from vandals. However, as containers crafted from clay, timber, or other porous materials absorb stains into their makeup, removing marks is often impossible. This dramatically reduces your planter's life span and will cost you a fortune in the long run.  

On the other hand, cleaning resin, which is non-porous, is entirely hassle-free. Simply immerse smaller pots in warm water mixed with dish soap for 10 to 20 minutes. Lightly scrub larger items with a soft cloth to avoid scratches before rinsing and leaving to air dry. They'll come out looking as good as the day you bought them.

Brilliantly Mimics Other Materials

Have your heart set on elegant Grecian urns? Obsessing over the characterful patina of terracotta? Can't get enough of concrete's industrial cool? Resin can perfectly replicate all of these unique looks and textures — and more! 

Available in an endless array of shapes and styles, this versatile material can be molded into planters to match any design you can dream of while remaining lightweight, making them more portable and cheaper to ship — ideal if you're looking to buy in bulk.

And don't worry — these containers are still heavy enough to hold their own in strong winds, especially once you've added dirt, water, and plants — you just won't break your back trying to lift them. Having the freedom to move your planters as and when you want to means you can rearrange your landscape every season, keeping your decor looking fresh and current. Plus, you won't need to worry about weight limits if you're decorating a balcony. It also allows you to swap the position of your greenery whenever necessary, ensuring they get the sun, shade, or protection they need to flourish for longer. 

Pots, Planters & More specializes in high-quality fiberglass planters suitable for indoor and outdoor use in a wide variety of designs, finishes, and colors. For more information on picking the perfect containers, contact our friendly team by calling (855) 627-1066 or emailing