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A plastic alternative.
99p Store Plastic Planter
Member Name: kama0529
99p Store Plastic Planter
Advantages: Price. Sturdy. Functional. Works well.
Disadvantages: Have to self-drill drainage holes. Can blow over if empty.
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.
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