I was asked by the Bloem company if I would like to receive a free sample of their planters in exchange for an honest review. I agreed, a bit reluctantly. How do you review a planter? It’s a bowl that you put flowers in, right? At least that’s what I thought until my samples arrived.
I opened the box and found three beautiful, colorful pots. From the literature Bloem enclosed with them I learned that they don’t just feel sturdier than regular plastic planters (though they do feel super strong), they really are. They are made from 75% post-consumer plastic with added UV stabilizers which means that you can set them outside in the brightest sunlight and they won’t fade or grow brittle and crack like other plastic planters will.
Plus, these planters are made in the USA. If you’ve read many of my posts you know that I’m a big fan of things made closer to home, rather than overseas. Not only does buying domestically manufactured products boost the economy and create jobs, it reduces the amount of consumption and waste create by shipping goods all over the globe.
The planters I received have a great drainage system built into the bottom of the pots so you won’t have to worry about liners or double potting or any of the other tricks that are necessary for keeping potted plants healthy. If you, like me, are really bad at keeping the water levels just-so in your potted plants these planters may go a long way toward turning your thumb a bit greener!
My hope was to put some gorgeous fall flowers in my new planters and show them off on the front porch. Alas, Mother Nature has been a bit moody this year and sunny 70+F weather turned to subzero snow in less than 2 weeks. There will be no plants on my porch again until sometime around Mother’s Day. However, I am looking forward to trying my hand at starting some plants from seed in them over the winter so that I have some pretty flowers to liven things up as soon as spring arrives!
If you have an avid gardener in your life, check out the Bloem line of products. In addition to traditional pots they have railing planters, bird baths and more, all in gorgeous colors they’re going to love.
Bloem planters and pots are available at Menards, Meijer and in local home improvement and garden stores, as well as online through Amazon.com.
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