Are Fiberglass Planters Good For Outdoors?

Fiberglass planters are great for outdoor use due to their natural ability to withstand harsh weather conditions without losing form, function, or beauty.

Over the years, fiberglass planters have become a popular choice for outdoor pots. Lightweight and durable, commercial-grade fiberglass planters are the go-to for industry professionals.

Plus, manufacturing companies like ourselves, Creative Design Manufacturing Vietnam (CDM), can also tailor them to match any décor.

When deciding whether fiberglass pots are a good fit for your outdoor space, there are a few things to consider. Let’s take a closer look at them now!

What Are Fiberglass Plant Containers?

Cuba Planter
MBW Cuba planter

Fiberglass planters are a type of planter that is made from fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP). This material is made by combining fiberglass and resin, creating a sturdy and long-lasting product. FRP’s strength and usability make it popular across a range of industries like construction and engineering. Aside from pots and planters, you’ll find FRP in various products like:

  • Transportation components such as boat hulls, car bodies and aircraft parts
  • Piping and tubing
  • Storage tanks and chemical reactors

Let’s take a look at who uses FRP planters and pots, and why they are a great material for outdoor use!

Who Uses FRP Plant Containers?

Fiberglass planter in Anam resort

Because of their sleek contemporary shapes and lines, FRP plant pots are often used in commercial settings such as office buildings, retail stores, and restaurants. They are also a popular choice for patio areas and outdoor venues.

Homeowners often choose fiberglass planters to grow plants indoors, as they can be easily cleaned and do not require a lot of care. As they work well outdoors too, fiberglass planters are a great way to add some personality to your garden, and they can also be used to create a unique and stylish outdoor space.

Check out the vast array of fiberglass planters available at CDM!

Is Fiberglass Good For Outdoors?

This is a good question, and the answer depends on what you’re looking for and where you live. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using a fiberglass planter outdoors:

Lightweight and easy to move around

Fiberglass planters are loaded into a truck
Resin planters are transported easily and safely.

Being lightweight compared to other materials makes fiberglass planters ideal for use in areas where space is limited.

Great insulator

best type of pots for plants
Best type of pots for plants

Fiberglass planter materials will help give your plants the best soil conditions and temperature to grow – in both indoor and outdoor settings. This weather-resistant nature means less moisture is lost in hot conditions, while moisture is less likely to freeze in the winter seasons.

Good for plant health

There is a common question on the web: are fiberglass planters toxic to plants? No – quite the opposite. Fiberglass planters are perfectly safe and suitable for growing a huge range of plants.

Low maintenance and easy to clean

The high-quality composite material and automotive-grade finish on our fiberglass planters make them more likely to resist cracks and damage than other planter materials. Low maintenance means high overall durability and years of performance.

Constructed for durability

Fiberglass is weather-resistant, easily standing up to hot weather, UV rays, and seasonal thaw cycles.

Pest, rot, and rust-proof, fiberglass planters are also far less likely to fade or crack over time, meaning they will outlive planters made of more common materials like plastic. Fiberglass planters are also not affected by salt air, so they are perfect for use near the ocean.

We know that costs and quality are the most important factors, that’s why we chose Vietnam to manufacture our pots.

Stylish – great for high-foot traffic areas!

Lionfish Restaurant
Our colors match your brand // Lionfish Restaurant

Fiberglass planters have sleek lines that enhance and complement almost every contemporary space, and with our excellent range of designs, you don’t need to look further to find your ideal fit!

When choosing an outdoor fiberglass planter, it is also important to consider the type of plant you would like to grow, as well as the size and shape of the planter.

Interested in sourcing fiberglass planters for your brand or catalog, but unsure of what design or size? Contact us and we’ll be right on hand to help!

What Are The Top Tips For Taking Care Of A Fiberglass Planter Outdoors?

Planters installed in the Gates South Beach Resort
Supplied by Vietnam CDM. Styled and installed by Geomantic Designs | Landscape Architecture

Fiberglass pots are durable and are sure to boost the value of your outdoor space, but like all good things they need to be taken care of properly if you want them to last.

Though virtually maintenance-free, a little TLC will ensure your fiberglass planter stands the test of time:

1. Protect from extreme weather

Although fiberglass pots stand up to inclement weather conditions well, it’s best to give them time indoors. Because, while your fiberglass pots may be heat and frost-resistant, your plants may not be.

Give your plants a chance to beat winter’s chilling frost or the summer’s high heat by taking your planter indoors.

2. Keep in a sheltered area

Yes, fiberglass is perhaps the most durable planter material, but it’s still best to keep your planter in a sheltered and low-lying area away from strong winds. That way, they’re less likely to drop or break if something heavy is dropped or if they fall from a large height.

3. Inspect your planters

Fiberglass planters require very little maintenance, but it’s still wise to give your planter regular checks to make sure occasional chips or scratches are kept to a minimum.

This will prevent debris accumulation or water infiltration, which could damage the aesthetics of your planter and your overall outdoor design.

4. Regularly clean and repair your planter when necessary

A soft sponge and mild soap solution should remove most dirt and dust stains on the outer surface, preventing any stains or mold. Small damages like scratches are easily fixed with touch-up paint or a dedicated fiberglass paint, whereas deeper cuts, chips, or dents can be filled with epoxy.

5. Don’t place your planters directly on soil or grass

This will discolor the exterior paint finish and reduce the drainage of the planter, so make sure your planter is placed on feet with even weight distribution.

6. Give your planter drainage holes

Outdoor planters should have drainage holes to avoid water building up and causing the plant roots to rot. This is important especially if the planter is often in wet outdoor conditions.

At CDM, we offer drainage holes on all our fiberglass planter products as standard. Just let us know when making your order!

If you want to keep your planter out all year round, it’s best to buy a purpose-built outdoor planter like those at CDM.

What Are The Alternatives To Fiberglass Planters?

Fiberglass planters are the standout choice if you’re looking for a high-quality, durable planter that will last, but there are also other materials used in the marketplace. Let’s take a look at them, and their pros and cons:

Glazed ceramic pots

Kentia Palm
Kentia palm in a glazed ceramic pot

Easy to clean and weather-resistant; susceptible to damage if dropped.

Metal planters

metal plant pots
Metal plant pots

They are stylish and sleek with many styles available. However, metal planters rust, so be on guard and limited their outdoor usage.

Concrete planters

concrete planter in the interior

Durable, but heavy and difficult to move.

Plastic planters

Plastic plant pots
Plastic plant pots

Cheap, lightweight, and easy to move, but plastic plant pots don’t withstand extreme outdoor elements well.

Bamboo planters

Bamboo planters for the all-natural look.

Natural materials like Bamboo are the eco-friendly option, unlike plastic planters. Durable, but difficult to find in some areas.

Wooden planters

Large wooden pots with different flower plants
Wooden planters

Eco-friendly and work well in outdoor designs, but wooden containers splinter easily and can rot leaving an unpleasant sight in professional settings.

Whichever planter you choose, make sure you choose the right size for your space, that they complement the overall look of your garden or commercial space, and they will last a long time too. The worst feeling is having a planter that doesn’t look the part!

Fiberglass planter materials are clearly the leading technology in professional plant management. Want to know more? Get a closer look at plant pot materials.

Start Investing In Your Outdoor Space – Now!

This rooftop uses our Montroy Cube Planter
This rooftop uses our Montroy Cube Planter to bring nature to difficult to reach places.

Are fiberglass planters the ideal outdoor choice for your garden, business, or wholesale catalog? Many industries think so.

Will they meet your residential and business needs better than other materials like plastic pots, concrete planters to bamboo planters, and metal containers? We have designed them that way.

Can fiberglass planters stay looking new for as long as you need them? Will there be such longevity on my initial investment?


In fact, our pots and planters are made to be so durable AND presentable in normal outdoor usage that we supply some of the biggest planter brands in the USA and Canada.

Interior designers and landscapers love our products because, after installation, they always perform as expected. Meaning those who supply our products can sleep at night knowing they made the right choice.

We hope this guide has given you all the information you need, but if there are still some unanswered questions, our blog is at hand to answer them.

As a planter manufacturer, we know how important the production of plant containers is, and want to help you meet your customers’ needs.

Contact us to learn more about the exciting opportunities and value we can deliver!

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Whether you require bespoke planters tailor-made for your project or just want to get your hands on a supply of our world-class planters, reach out to our team today and let’s create something special!

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