“ Brand: 99p Stores / Type: Planter „
My new house has a lovely large back garden. It also has a lovely large concreted driveway, that the council resurfaced a few days before we moved in. The trouble is, it's a huge space able to fit two cars, and yet none of us drive. So instead, we've turned one half of the area (which gets full sun and is securely fenced in) into a sort of patio planter garden with benches and a table, and left the other half available for guest parking. One of the many items I purchased for this area is this 99p store plastic planter - in fact, I purchased 3, costing 99p each surprisingly enough.
The pots are made of thin but sturdy plastic in a terracotta colour with a nice matte finish. They are very decorative, with garlands and swags on them, and an intricate design around the top of the pot which is approximately 35 cm x 25 cm. I'm impressed by how much they look like real terracotta, although naturally being made of plastic they have the advantage of being much lighter to carry around. The pots don't have ready made drainage holes in the bottom, though they do have indicators of where these can be drilled or hammered in. Once you have put in the hole the pots can then either be filled with soil, or used to hold a plant that is in an ugly black pot and make it look smarter. I did worry that I might split the plastic when adding in the holes, but thankfully this didn't happen.
The pot has little raised feet on the bottom, which give it a little extra height and which I think improved the appearance, and obviously helps with drainage once you have put the holes in. Obviously, being plastic they will need to be insulated of bought inside over winter, as this type of plastic does tend to go rigid and snap easily if exposed to very cold temperatures. I've used mine to grow herbs, and have a nice wide windowsill to store them on when the weather gets cold, so this isn't going to be a problem for me.
At less than a pound per pot, I think these are excellent value, and although I doubt they will last as long as a more expensive terracotta one would, I do think these have the advantage of being much lighter to carry around. I would like to see my local 99p store offering them in different sizes though -I'd particularly like a long rectangular one.
A bargain buy at 99p, 5 stars.
WHAT IS IT?
A plastic plant pot for the garden or inside the home.
This plant pot is a pale brown colour and has got a bit of a different design to the one in the photograph that Dooyoo have got up. Mine has got bunches of grapes round the top edge but you can not see them very well because of the colour of the pot and because of the small overhang also.
WHAT DO YOU USE IT FOR?
You can use these plant pots for a lot of things. I have got some in the garden with fruit bushes in them and I keep one clean in the house to put my Christmas tree in also. My daughters have got one each and it I'd their own tiny garden because the pot is big enough to plant a select of different small plants. The pot is about 9.5" deep so you can plant things that have got quite long roots because it will take a long time before the root is too big for the pot.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy that I bought these pots because they are so cheap and they are a lot stronger then I thought they would be. The plastic is not very thick but it is strong and none of my pots have broken even though some of them are over 2 years old. I have looked at my pots today and one of them has got a little crack in it at the very top by the overhang, I think that this is the pot that I used to have gravel in the bottom to drain the soil and I think I have been lifting it up when it is very heavy.
I like that the pot stands up straight and does not wobble even when it is put on my wooden patio area and my children are running round. If you are storing them over the winter the empty pots stack inside each other so they do not take up a lot of very much room.
These pots cost 99p and you can only buy them in the 99p Store.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I have three 99p Store Plastic Planter Pots which I bought from the 99p Store in the Birmingham Palisades last year. The pots are, unsurprisingly, 99p which is, in my opinion, an incredibly good price for a plant pot that is very functional and convenient. I would probably have bought more of the pots but unfortunately I don't have a 99p Store near me and I just picked up the pots initially when I was visiting a friend who lives in Birmingham.
The pots I have are a really good size and they are really great for planting things the garden. In two of my pots I have planted herbs and the pots are great for this - and for the third pot I tend to temporarily grow shoots in this pot before then transferring it to a spot in the garden. The pots are 37 cm x 25 cm and so they are fairly large and sufficiently deep. They actually look like terracotta plant pots, although they are made of plastic. Despite being made of plastic they are very durable and my pots haven't cracked or split and remain in very good condition.
Unfortunately, there aren't drainage holes in the pot and so if you want drainage holes then you need to do this yourself. There are marks on the pot which tells you where you should drill should you want drainage holes and so then it's a matter of drilling holes in the base. Although this is simple to do, I simply don't understand why the manufacturer doesn't pre-drill the holes so that they are in place when you buy them.
Because there are short legs on the bottom of the pot, this lifts the pot off of the ground and I find that this offers some protection from freezing during the winter.
The pots are very light weight and so when there is nothing in them then they do blow over really easily and so this is a bit annoying, but once they are filled with compost then the weight of this will weigh the pots down and prevent them from being blown over.
Overall, I do think that these pots are really decent and are a definite alternative to terracotta pots.
We have had some of these plastic plant pots from the 99p store for a few years now. We had a store open in our town when Woolworths shut down and during the summer build up they sell lots of garden products. We originally bought 2 of these pots to see what they were like as my Dad had told us that he didn't think they would last being only 99p each but they are still going strong about 2 or 3 years later. We went back and bought some more of them so now have 4 of these around the garden.
They are a good size, they measure about 9 inches deep we can fit two or three flowering bedding plants in them and once the flowers come out in bloom they fill the pot to brimming and look really nice. We usually put petunias or lobelia in them and try to mix the colours around so they have a variety of colours.
The bottom of the pot has circles marked where you can drill holes to let the water out so the plants do not get waterlogged if we have a good rain fall. It is best to make sure you use a proper drill on these holes as if you try breaking the bottom open with a nail and hammer as my Other Half did then the plastic can just shatter and you end up with a bigger hole than you wanted.
The pots are quite lightweight to pick up and move around once you have filled them up so it is easy to rearrange the garden if you want to and give the plants a new home for a few weeks. This is good in our garden as some bits have more sun than others and we tend to swap the plants around now and then to let them all have a good share during the good weather.
The pots are more durable than you would expect for the price, we still have ours now and they still look nice although they do look more worn than if they were brand new but they look nice still.
The pots have a nice pattern on them, around the edging there is a pattern and then there is another pattern on the actual sides of the pot which makes them look really smart and not just a plain plastic pot. Once you have these potted up and full of plants you would never believe they only cost 99p each.
== 3 Years' Service and Still Going Strong ==
I started buying these plant pots about 3 years ago, when the 99p Stores first arrived in my town.
The strong plastic is lasting well. The only difference between the 3 year old pots and the brand new ones is that the older ones are slightly sun-bleached, but this is not obvious unless they are placed side-by-side.
I tend to place the pots in small groups around my garden keeping the same age ones together. Most of the older pots have mature plants in them now, some of which are trailing around the edges, so this makes the small colour difference almost invisible under the foliage. Putting the newest ones in the sunniest part of the garden could reduce this difference, but it is so small that it doesn't bother me.
I know of no material where the sun will not lighten any colour on it.
== Drainage ==
Before used for plants, I like to get my hubby to make holes in the bottom, so that water surplus to needs can drain away.
Underneath the bottom of the pot, there are 4 circles of thinner plastic with the instructions "DRAINAGE Drill to Open". This only takes a minute or two with an electric drill. Hubby did try to push the hole open with a screwdriver once and this caused an unwanted split, so he always uses his electric drill now, when I give him this job to do.
If you do not open up these holes, the 2 cm recessed areas at the bottom will aid drainage, but I think that it is far better to drill holes.
As well as holes, ideally add some form of extra drainage in the bottom, such as stones, broken ceramics or sticks, before adding compost. I even do this for water-loving plants, and then add water retaining gel to their compost before planting. The gel then releases its water slowly, which is better for the plant than drowning it.
Your plants will know if you really love them by doing this, and will respond accordingly.
== Similar Products ==
I have seen similar products in garden centres and supermarkets, and before I discovered the 99p Stores bought some of them. I have not noticed any difference in quality, but expect to pay at least 4 times as much for similar pots in other outlets.
The 99p Stores do a similar product to the one that I usually buy. Experience has taught me that the wide rimmed planters that they sell are vulnerable to their rims breaking, so I will buy the 3.5 cm rimmed ones in future.
== Why I've Become Potty ==
I have mild arthritis and while I want to keep as active as possible, I also don't want to put my joints under unnecessary prolonged stress.
Container gardening means that I don't have to bend so low when tending my plants. Also with these lightweight plastic pots, they can be lifted, without too much difficulty, onto a higher table, in front of my comfortable garden bench, for when maintenance is going to take some time.
Advantages of pots for all gardeners include being able to move plants from sun to shade, and back again, without literally up-rooting them. For example, before going on holiday in hot dry weather, I move my usually sun loving plants to a shadier part of my garden to help prevent them drying out while I am away.
Another bonus is that should you move home, you can move your container plants too. To keen gardeners, this can be just as important as pet owners taking their pets with them.
Plus, when hubby spray-paints the fence, I move everything I can away from the area. (He has been known to blame fast working insects for causing spotting to plants I can't move!)
== RECOMMENDATION ==
The 35 cm wide terracotta coloured plastic pots sold by the 99p Store are great value for money. Their internal depth is 25 cm, with an extra 2 cm added to their height with the wide "feet" on the bottom.
The sturdiest of these planters is the type designed with a small (3.5cm) rim, so these are the ones that I always buy now. This is the one in the picture above.
Remember plants will benefit from you drilling drainage holes through the thin plastic guides at the bottom of the pot, before use.
I wish you a blooming garden!
I bought a small 4' Christmas tree to go in my porch, the idea was that it would show through my porch window and make my home look lovely and festive, but when I got home it was just a little too short and although once inside it looked nice from the street you could only catch a glimpse of the top. Having spent a fair bit of money on it, I just wasn't happy with the end result and set of to find a solution. This is when I found this plastic planter from the 99p stores.
The pot is made of a thick plastic, it is terracotta in colour and on first glace it does look real. It is embossed with a bow detail just below the rim and the top is sectioned, sort of how a pie looks when it is pinched around the edges.
On closer inspection the smoothness along with the pale color show the pots true identity as a fraudster however it is a very good lookalike.
A positive point to it being made of plastic is that it is extremely lightweight and I could carry it home from the shops with ease.
The pot stands at about 60cm tall, so is a large size and would be great for shrubs and flowers alike.
I filled the planter with newspaper and put my tree on top, I put a giant red velvet bow around the top of the pot to add to it's festive charm. It looked lovely and as you could now see the majority of the tree from the street and with the twinkling lights it made my home look really welcoming.
I have now filled the pot with winter pansies from my dads garden and it is sitting nicely by my shed door. It has so far survived the frost, rain and ferocious winds that managed to pull two of my fences down and destroy my washing line. However it has with only two weeks of being outside started to discolor slightly. I can imagine it will be a one season wonder.
I bought this from my local 99p stores. I think it is fabulous value and similar pots were almost five times as much in B&Q. Even if it only lasts a few months, it is well worth the money.