Care & Maintenance/Outdoor Planting Instructions
Always place your planter(s) on a solid level surface. Do not directly place the planter(s) on grass, soil, or an uneven surface. These cast stone planters include pre-installed drainage holes to allow for drainage. The drain holes must be kept clear to maintain the longevity of your planter, especially in climates that undergo freeze thaw cycles in the winter.
Whenever possible, we recommend the following:
- Raise the planter(s) off of the ground to prevent the planter from freezing to the surface below.
- Cover the drain holes with a mesh screen or equivalent to keep debris from clogging the openings.
- Fill the bottom of the planter with non-porous drainage material.
- Fill the remainder of the planter with a well-draining soil mix that will not retain water.
- Cover the soil with decorative mulch or pine bark to the top rim of the planter to discourage water from pooling on the surface.
Campania’s cast stone planters can be cleaned with diluted vinegar and water or with any commercially available mild detergent. Use a soft cloth, sponge, or brush. Do not pressure wash, apply corrosive cleaners or clean with anything abrasive. Please note that it may take several cycles of wiping and drying before the planter is completely clean.
Cast stone contains salts that may effloresce over time. You will notice a fine white powdery coating on the surface of the cast stone if the efflorescence is present in your product. If you wish to remove the salt deposits, we can recommend an appropriate an efflorescence cleaner.
Proper winter care is recommended for all Campania cast stone planters for protection in environments with potential freeze-thaw cycles.
If a planter is to be left outside over the winter, ensure proper drainage by:
- Placing a layer of coarse gravel or other appropriate drainage material in the bottom of the container, and
- Make sure the drainage holes are not blocked.
- Raise the planter off of the ground to prevent the planter from freezing to the surface below. If the planter remains in contact with the ground surface over the winter, the freeze-thaw cycles may cause the planter to crack or crumble.