Frequently Asked Questions

We want to make the purchasing process as simple as possible for you. Below you will find the most Frequently Asked Questions, but if you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please feel free to give us a call or ask a question in the chatbox below.


Do your planters come insulated?

A: No, but we can add insulation depending on the material of the planter.

Heat concerns:

  • Insulation concerns are typically about metal conducting heat and harming plant roots.
  • Although PureModern has never tested our planters to see how hot they get in full sun, since 2006, we’ve never had a client complain about plants dying. And we often sell planters to clients in very warm climates, e.g., California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida.

Cold concerns:

  • Other concerns are about metal planters getting too cold. We have installed planters in very cold climates as well. The soil provides protection for the plants.

If a client remains concerned about hot or cold climate and insulation, we recommend the following:

  • Ask us to quote how much it may cost to provide an insulation add-on.
  • DIY option: Cover the inside walls of the planter with a plastic pot liner or thermal insulation boards made of high-density extruded polystyrene closed-cell foam.
  • Leave your plants in the original planting containersand plant them directly into the metal planter. This way, there is a barrier between the roots of your plants and the metal should it become very hot.
  • Protect and cover your plants in the winter.
Indoor or outdoor planters?

The first thing you need to know to select the right modern planter for your needs is where and how it will be used. 

Our modern planters can be used in both indoor and outdoor spaces. The most important question to ask is:

Do you need drainage holes or not?

If you have an interior application then you won’t want drainage holes but if the planter is outside and NOT in a covered area then you will want drainage holes so excess water can drain out. 

Be sure to consider whether you have sufficient natural light in the spot where you’ll be placing the planter — either from a nearby window or directly from the sky above.

Please note that one material we sell (COR-TEN) can only be used outside.

Do your planters have drainage systems?

Yes! We offer a number of irrigation and installation solutions. 

For irrigation purposes, consider Ollie Plant Sippers, which capitalize on a plant’s own natural capillary action. With this system, plants require 80% less water, and the water holding tank only needs to be filled every six weeks – conserving resources and saving you time and money. 

EZ Fill-Ter Bags provide a natural filtration system and are also an effective way to fill your planter that doesn't involve heavy soil or stones. 

If you’re planning to hook up to an irrigation system, we can custom-cut drainage holes that fit your unique system.

If you’ve still got questions about how to choose a planter that will provide the right drainage solution for your design plan, find more information here or contact us today.

What should I use to fill void spaces inside my planter?

When planted properly, greenery in modern containers becomes a truly stunning element in any design plan. 

But a gorgeous display in a modern planter can become an issue if you don’t know how to properly fill the planter. Potting mix isn’t always the answer. First, it’s heavy and expensive. And if your planter is large, plants can develop a complex root system. 

Other filler options include: 

  • Plastic containers from your recycling bin
  • Packing material
  • Rubble
  • Ask PureModern to add a custom internal shelf in your planter

For more information, check out an article we’ve written on exactly this topic.

What sizes of planters are available?

We have planters in stock that are available in certain sizes AND we have the capability to custom manufacture planters to your specifications.

In-Stock options

  • Height: We offer planters that are less than 18” in height all the way to planters that are taller than 31”. 
  • Length: Some of our planters are less than 24” and others are longer than 72”. 

Custom options

We are happy to provide custom sizes for our clients. 

If you’re looking for a particular size, use the filters on the following link to find the perfect modern planter for your next project.

We’ll work closely with you to craft custom modern planters that meet your exact requirements — whatever your needs and preferences. 

What types of materials do you offer?

The materials you incorporate into your space will impact the final product of your design. At PureModern, our planters come in a variety of materials, including:

  • Powder-Coated Aluminum. These customizable, marine-grade aluminum planters look good while withstanding all types of weather conditions
  • COR-TEN Steel. Ideal for outdoor spaces that need greenery with an edgy spin. Planters made from this material are naturally water and frost resistant.
  • Fiberglass.These planters are lightweight, durable, and versatile. Our modern commercial-grade fiberglass planters are made to enhance both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Custom Materials. PureModern offers a wide array of customization options, including materials, shapes, and finishes. We also provide installation and irrigation accessories.

We’ve categorized our modern planters by material to make it easy for you to find the right material for your needs. If you need help deciding which material is best for your project, contact us, and we will get you started.

When should I add drainage holes to my planter?

Think of it this way: if you can't control the amount of water your plant receives, drainage holes can help.

Planter location will help you decide if holes are necessary:

  • If located indoors, you don't need to add drainage holes. If the planter already has holes, a drip pan can catch any excess water.
  • If the planter will be located in a covered outdoor area, it's likely overwatering won't be an issue. Therefore, you don't need to add drainage holes.
  • If the planter will be located in an uncovered outdoor area, overwatering can be an issue. So drainage holes makes sense.
How do I know when my planters will arrive?

Once the planters are scheduled to ship, we will email the customer who ordered the planters with a tracking number and link to track online.

Most orders ship palletized LTL (Less than Truck Load) freight with curbside only service. The truck will have a lift gate and the driver will have a pallet jack to unload. All other loading is to be done by the receiver. Large items on custom pallets may require unloading by hand or with a forklift. Freight delivery transit times vary from 3 to 10 business days. The freight delivery company will call ahead and let you know a window of time that they will arrive. If an appointment is desired, we will adjust additional costs and lead time. Appointments can delay delivery up to an additional 3 to 5 business days.

Rush shipping and white glove shipping options are available upon request. Smaller items ship UPS Ground or FedEx Ground whenever possible.

At the time of delivery, please inspect all items. Should you find any damage, please take pictures and note the damage on the delivery ticket/bill of lading, and contact us immediately to provide proof of damage. Our standard delivery options do not include unpacking; therefore, we request that the receiver inspects the package as best as possible at the time of delivery, noting any damage to the packaging on the delivery documents. Failure to document shipping damage may void the warranty.

Please be advised that our delivery companies may deliver with 18-wheeler trucks. PureModern will authorize a smaller truck if it is available in your area. However, if the local delivery terminal does not have a smaller truck or the smaller truck does not fit down your road, then you will be responsible for making the proper arrangements with the delivery center directly to meet the truck or pick it up from the delivery terminal.

All shipping is FOB (Freight on Board) origin unless otherwise noted.

Do you sell planters without a base or bottom?

Yes, we sell planters that only have sides and no bottom. We call this type of planter a Bottomless Retention Edging Planter. This planter allows your client to use the existing subbase as the bottom.

To learn more about Bottomless Retaining Edging Planters please click here.

What is the plant container lifecycle?

The plant container lifecycle depends on several factors.

Some of those factors are:

  • The material that the planter is made of
  • If the planter is installed in an indoor or outdoor location
  • How much sun exposure the planter gets

Please refer to our Planter Material Selection Guide that explains this further, or you can read a detailed article explaining more about each material by clicking here

Do your planters have internal shelves?

Not for our stock sized planters, but we make a custom shelf for all the custom made metal planters. Or, you can add non-biodegradable material in the base of the planter to decrease the amount of growing media needed.

If you prefer a fiberglass planter, we suggest using a non-biodegradable material in the base of the planter, like packing peanuts, then layer with landscape fabric followed by the recommended soil.

What are the top lip options for metal planters?
There are 5 basic options. They are listed below and in order from least to most expensive.

  1. No Top Lip
  2. 1-inch Lip Only
  3. 1-inch Lip and Return
  4. Reverse Top Lip
  5. Custom Lip Option – Your Vision. Our Container.

Modern Elite Planter with no top lip

Modern Elite Rectangular Planter with No Top Lip 

Modern Elite Cube planter with 1 inch top lip

Modern Elite Cube Planter with 1 inch Top Lip

Modern Elite Modular Planter with 1 inch Lip and Return

Modern Elite Modular Planter with 1 inch Top Lip and Return

Reverse Top Lip on Modern Elite Custom Planter at VillaBXV

Modern Elite Custom Planter with Reverse Top Lip

PurePots Fiberglass Planter with custom lip

PurePots Fiberglass Custom Planters with Custom Lip

Why is the powder-coating so important? How is it applied?

Powder coating is important because once the powder coating cures, it creates a durable finish that causes the marine-grade aluminum to last for years. In short, this is because when the powder coat is heated, it creates cross-links, melts, and then forms a sheath of protective coating on the aluminum.

The Application Process:

  1. A prepaint coating is applied to the metal.
  2. The planters are heated to ensure the prepaint coating dries evenly and thoroughly.
  3. The metal planter is electrically charged. This is done because the powder-coating adheres to static electricity. The powder is sprayed on the metal.
  4. Once the planter has been powder-coated, we heat it to cure the powder-coat.

Powder-coating heavy gauge 5052 marine-grade aluminum alloy, creates a superior product suitable for all interior or exterior commercial applications.

Do I have to use fiberglass planters on a rooftop?


Marine-grade aluminum or fiberglass can be used for a rooftop application since both materials are light-weight and much lighter than concrete or steel. 

Fiberglass and aluminum are both suitable materials to use when overall weight is a concern with rooftop planters.

One factor to consider is the material used to fill the planter. You want to fill the planter with light-weight material. Adding internal shelves and using non-biodegradable materials in the base of planters is a way to decrease weight.

Please click here to learn more about different options for planter materials and here to learn more about options for filling a planter.

I am concerned about the amount of weight a deck can hold. Are the Modern Elite Aluminum Planters heavy?

No, the Modern Elite Planters are lightweight.

The benefit of aluminum is its high-strength to weight ratios. Most of the weight will actually come from the type of fill and type of plantings used. The material weights will change and will be based on the size of the planter and if additional reinforcing is required. Please contact us to receive the exact weight of the product you would like to purchase.

If weight is a concern, our recommendation is to focus on reducing the weight of fill material and plants inside the container. If you can reduce the planting depth to a minimum, you can then fill the void spaces with Styrofoam, non-biogradable packing peanuts, or our EZ Fill-ter bags. It is recommended to wrap the void fill in a landscape fabricate to create separation from the planting soil and to provide filtration.

We recommend contacting a structural engineer to verify that the deck can, in fact, hold the number of planters that you are ordering. However, in general, decks and rooftops are designed to carry 50 lbs./SF or more. For example, the 72" L x 20” W x 24” H aluminum planter only has a load of 6.9 lbs./SF so the majority of the weight comes from what used inside the planter. 

Do you sell plastic planters?

We do not currently sell plastic planters. However, if you are interested in that look, we recommend that you check out our fiberglass planters, which can be custom designed with your chosen color, and are also lightweight. 

What is the lead time for planters?

We strive to meet your specific requested date. Please let us know when you need the planters delivered by, and then we can work backward from your date. Lead times vary from 1 week to 4 months depending, on the material of the planter, current stock availability, and whether or not it is a custom project. For your convenience, we have outlined general timelines per brand. 

If you need something rushed or if you would like a custom-designed planter, please contact us, and we will see if we can work with you to meet your deadline.


Modern Elite Aluminum Planters

  • Ships 1 - 3 weeks from order date.

PurePots Fiberglass Planters

  • In-stock planters ships within 1 week of order date.

COR-TEN Weathering Steel Planters (made to order)

  • Ships 2-4 weeks from order date.

All other planter brands

  • Stock planters: Ships within 1 week of order date.
  • Out-of-stock planters: Ships within 10 to 12 weeks.

Other Products

All fire bowls and tables

  • Ships 3-4 weeks after order date.

All other products

  • Ship time varies per product (usually within a week for in-stock products). View specific product to find lead time in the product specs.
What is your most popular durable planter?

The Modern Elite Aluminum Planter is our most popular and durable planter. These planters were developed because there was a need in the marketplace for a more durable commercial-grade planter. 

Our aluminum planters are fabricated from heavy gauge marine-grade 5052 aluminum alloy (.125” thick). This is the same marine-grade aluminum that is used on commercial boats, airplanes, exterior building products, etc. 

Modern Elite Aluminum Planters are powder-coated on the outside, and the inside with an architectural-grade powder called TIGER Drylac Series 38. This powder ensures the planters will not fade or degrade due to its inherent qualities of UV stability, adds additional durability, and has the added benefit of being VOC free. In addition, the powder is AAMA 2604 compliant, and once applied in the powder-coating process to the aluminum imparts excellent weather and UV resistance, based on 5 years of Florida weather exposure.

Is there a warranty on your planters? If so, what is the warranty?

We do offer a warranty on our planters. Our planters carry a 1-year limited warranty on material and workmanship, and a 3-year limited warranty on the finish against rusting, peeling, chipping, cracking, mold, and mildew. 

Our warranty covers any defects in manufacturing that become apparent during the normal use of our product. The warranty does not cover loss due to theft, nor to damage caused by misuse, abuse, modifications, improper storage, or acts of nature. The warranty also does not cover any parts or products that are subject to normal wear and tear. 

In the case of an approved warranty claim, PureModern reserves the right to repair and/or replace the product with the same product. The warranty does not cover any, nor allow for any recovery of incidental or consequential damages such as loss of use, damage to property, or other consequential damage. PureModern will not accept liability for such damage. Any alterations to the product after delivery will void this warranty.

Some of the product descriptions say that the product will patina. What does this mean?

Any mention of patina is usually in reference to our products made of COR-TEN weathering steel.

Patina is an important process for COR-TEN. COR-TEN is actually named for two of its properties corrosion resistance (COR) and tensile strength (TEN). 

For COR-TEN to become fully corrosion-resistant, it needs to go through a patina process. During this process the steel changes from a raw metal look (in which the color of the steel is gray) to patina (where the metal turns the color of orange-brown).

To patina, the planter does need to be placed in the elements. This means that COR-TEN weathering steel should only be used outdoors and the planter should not be covered. It is important to note that when the planter is going through the patina process, the metal can bleed onto the surrounding surface. 

Once this change has occurred, the weathering process of COR-TEN is complete. This means that the steel is now resistant to corrosion and is perfect for many outdoor climates. (Note: COR-TEN weathering steel planters need to be at least two kilometers away from large bodies of saltwater, as saltwater can erode this material. I.e., you wouldn’t want to use COR-TEN in a cafe located next to a saltwater beach).

If you love the look of COR-TEN weathering steel but do not think the material will work for your needs, we recommend using powder-coated aluminum planters in weathered rust. This is a commercial alternative that mimics the look of COR-TEN weathering steel. 

In addition to COR-TEN, we also offer a product line of fiberglass planters with a metal-infused finish that will patina.

Can I order product samples even though I am not ordering a product right now?


When you order PureModern’s free samples*, you can see the color and texture**, and placing the samples in the right lighting will allow you to determine, with confidence, the correct option for you and your client.

*Planter color samples are complimentary. Fire pit swatches require a down payment that is credited upon return.

**Only our Modern Elite Planter and concrete fire pit color samples come in the same product color and texture. Our PurePots color samples come on a heavy plastic that emulates the texture of our fiberglass planters.

How do you fill a planter?

There is a lot of information about how to properly fill a planter. However, we recommend the following process:

1.) Make sure the planter is level and is elevated above the area it is sitting upon to prevent condensation.

2.) Add a filler that is not biodegradable, if the planter is considerably larger than the space needed for the plant to grow.

3.) Place landscape fabric to separate the filler from the soil and allow excess water from a possible over-saturated soil to leave the roots.

4.) Add about 6 inches of soil. Make sure the soil you use is appropriate for the plant. Then, tamp down, add more soil, and repeat.

5.) Add Plant sipper, if desired.

6.) Add the plant, more soil, and then wet the soil.

7.) Leave about an inch space between the top of the soil and the top of the planter

Learn more at

What is the main difference between your Modern Elite and PurePots planter lines?

The main difference between our Modern Elite and PurePots planter lines is that Modern Elite is our metal planter line, and PurePots is a fiberglass planter line. 

While both our Modern Elite and PurePots line are highly, durable commercial planters, they are also colored using different processes. Our Modern Elite planters are colored using a powder-coated spray or what is appropriate for the desired metal, and our PurePots planter line is colored using BASF automotive quality paint. 

Please contact us if you would like to know which line would work best for your commercial project. 

What does the PurePots name mean?

PurePots is PureModern's brand of handcrafted fiberglass planters. They have a sleek modern design and are hand sprayed to order in North America using commercial-grade automotive paint.

Fiberglass resin pots and planters are resistant to corrosion and UV damage due to the composite material's structural integrity. The commercial-grade automotive paint mentioned above features specialized resins, pigments, and additives for enhanced coating performance to decrease UV damage.

PurePots planters can be ordered with or without drainage holes for interior or exterior applications. There are an assortment of stock color options. If a stock color does not fit your design there are custom colors available.

Planter Projects

Can I see projects where Connect Modular Planters are used?

Yes, the designers of a project at the Rockefeller Center in New York City used modular planters. Our clients installed the modular planters around the terrace's perimeter on the 15th floor. Click here to see more information about this project.


Could you show me a project where metal planters were used?

Yes, please look at the project in Salinas, California, where our client used multiple sizes and shapes of Modern Elite Aluminum planters to divide spaces at the Monterey County Government offices. Click here to access this project.


Could you show me a project where fiberglass planters were used?

Yes, the designers of a project at the Rockefeller Center in New York City used PurePots Fiberglass Tapered Cylinders in suede bronze. They filled the planters with ornamental trees as well as other eye-pleasing foliage. See the project by clicking here.


Metal Planters

Why does PureModern prefer power-coated planters?

At PureModern, we think about durability in three ways:

  • Material strength for weather resistance. How well can a planter’s material stand up to everyday wear-and-tear, heat and cold, water exposure, and more?
  • Aesthetic durability. How many years will a planter continue to look its best?
  • Maintenance costs over time. Over the planter's lifetime, how much will you spend on maintenance between time and labor?

Powder-coated planters satisfy all three of these requirements and are the epitome of a lifetime product. They withstand the elements and look great over time, all while requiring minimal maintenance and upkeep.

The price point is higher, but you absolutely get what you pay for. Take a look:

  • Heavy gauge 5052 marine-grade aluminum is used to ensure optimal durability in all weather conditions.
  • We use a bonded powder coat on the marine-grade aluminum with TIGER Drylac® Series 38 architectural-grade powder inside and out to create a durable hard shell on the aluminum planter.
  • Our powder coating is free of the VOCs (also known as “volatile organic compounds”) commonly found in building materials. VOCs can sometimes be unstable and emit unhealthy gasses that can negatively impact people and the environment.
  • This grade of aluminum is used for ships and airplanes and this type of powder coating is used in military equipment and communication towers.
What types of metal do you offer for planters?
We can fabricate metal planters using the following metals:
1. Marine-grade powder-coated aluminum
2. Galvanized steel
3. COR-TEN weathering steel
4. Stainless steel
How to reduce the effects of graffiti on metal planters?
Use Tiger Drylac Anti-graffiti clear coat.

If your planters are in a spot where they may get painted with unwanted images, use the Series 44 - Anti-graffiti Tiger DryLac. This is a coating for metal with anti-graffiti properties that allow for easy cleaning should your planters get graffitied.

The planter in question would be first powder coated with the selected color and then the anti-graffiti clear coat is sprayed on the planter after.

Fill out our request for a quote form to get an estimate today to have your future planters powder coated with this product.
What does patina mean in reference to COR-TEN weathering steel?

Any mention of patina is usually in reference to our products made of COR-TEN weathering steel. Patina is an important process for COR-TEN. COR-TEN is named for two of its properties corrosion resistance (COR) and tensile strength (TEN).

For COR-TEN to become fully corrosion-resistant, it needs to go through a patina process. During this process, the steel changes from a raw metal look (in which the color of the steel is gray) to patina (where the metal turns the color of orange-brown).

COR-TEN Weathering Steel Before Patina

To patina, the planter needs to be in the elements. This means that COR-TEN weathering steel should only be outdoors, and the planter should not be covered. It is important to note that when the planter is going through the patina process, the metal can bleed onto the surrounding surface.

COR-TEN Weathering Steel Color Sample
COR-TEN Weathering Steel After Patina 

Once this change has occurred, the weathering process of COR-TEN is complete. The steel is now resistant to corrosion and is perfect for many outdoor climates. (Note: COR-TEN weathering steel planters need to be at least two kilometers away from large bodies of saltwater, as saltwater can erode this material. I.e., you wouldn’t want to use COR-TEN in a cafe located next to a saltwater beach).

If you love the look of COR-TEN weathering steel but do not think the material will work for your needs, we recommend using powder-coated aluminum planters in weathered rust. Aluminum planters are a commercial alternative that mimics the look of COR-TEN weathering steel.

What is the difference between marine-grade aluminum and other types of aluminum?
The difference between aluminum and marine-grade aluminum is how it is alloyed. Aluminum has its own innate properties that make it resistant to corrosion. However, if the intentional use of the material will be in constant contact with moisture, then a marine-grade series aluminum is best.

We use a 5052 marine-grade aluminum alloy, which has the following attributes:
  • High resistance to corrosion when in constant contact with moisture
  • Lightweight
  • High-strength
  • Weldability
What is special about PureModern Aluminum Planters compared to using a local metal fabricator?

Here is the short and the long of it.

The Short:

  • We only fabricate planters.
  • We have over 10 years of experience.
  • Design capabilities. We engineer the planters with proper reinforcing to prevent them from deflecting and bowing after being fully loaded with fill. We have a proven and established project process to provide superior quality and consistency on every single planter.
  • Fixed Lead times. We know how long it takes and will complete the project when we say we will. Local fabricators can often take weeks to months longer to complete what was initially quoted. 
  • Fixed pricing. Local fabricators often do not realize the time and expense involved and may quote the project initially less but come back to you for change orders increasing the unexpected initial price, or they may sacrifice quality because they do not want to take a loss.
  •  We are not going anywhere, and we offer a warranty. 

    The Long:

    Without a doubt, PureModern offers a superior aluminum planter. You can be sure of this because we are so confident in our fabrication shop, that we offer a warranty on the material and workmanship of the planter.

    We also use proven planter fabrication methods and have the experience (and clientele) to back our claims up.

    Unlike some fabricators, we can assure you of the highest quality of aluminum. We use a heavy-gauge, marine-grade, recycled 5052 Aluminum Alloy for our planters. This type of aluminum alloy is also used for shipbuilding - which is how you know that these planters are perfect for use in most commercial projects. 

    Along those same lines, we are confident of our planters' structural stability and we can reinforce the planter as needed.  

    Our aluminum planters also come with fully welded seams, so the planters are watertight. We also make sure that the planter seams are sanded down, which is unique to our process so that the welding seams are invisible. 

    These planters are also powder-coated inside and out. Powder-coating is more durable than paint because it is specially formulated to withstand UV-rays and is resistant to frost. Our planters are also powder-coated in-house to ensure that the job is done right.

    In terms of cost, we have found that local fabricators often underestimate the cost of creating a planter. However, we are in the planter business and offer fixed, known costs to our clients, so there are no surprises.

    Finally, we offer fixed lead times. We can fabricate custom aluminum planters in under 3 weeks, which assures you that your planter will arrive when you need it and to your specifications.

    Custom Products

    Please show me a few projects where custom planters were specified?

    Sure. Below are several custom planter projects.

    1. Custom Fiberglass Planters designed by the client to grace the front of a building to add curb appeal. They were also sprayed with a custom color. View the project by clicking here
    2. Connect Modular Planters made of powder-coated aluminum to surround a terrace and fabricated to the client's specifications. View the project by clicking here
    3. Modern Elite Divider Planters with casters that enabled the client to move the planters in any configuration desired to accommodate the needs of the space. View the project by clicking here
    4. Custom Powder-Coated Aluminum Planters fabricated large enough to hold trees. They were made with a custom top lip design and an inlay strategically positioned close to the planter base. View the project by clicking here
    5. Custom Powder-Coated Aluminum Planters made to the client's specifications to fit around a bench and other planters at a shopping mall. View the project by clicking here
    6. Connect Modular Planters made of powder-coated aluminum fabricated to the client's specifications that fit in a multi-level seating area. View the project by clicking here

    Contact us if you would like to discuss your next custom planter project.
    Do you make custom planters?

    Yes, we specialize in custom commercial planters.

    For example, our Modern Elite Aluminum Planters, which are made of marine-grade aluminum, and then powder-coated, can be fabricated in as little as 1 week.

    However, we don't think that you should have to settle for something other than what your project space demands. After all, our tag line is "Your vision. Our containers." We care about making your vision come to life. 

    This is why we are very proud to offer custom planters to help you meet your project needs. We can customize the size, color, and shape of your planter. 

    Specifically, we offer both aluminum and fiberglass planter customization. Aluminum provides us the most flexibility as we are able to create custom shapes with short lead times. 

    We can also customize the shape of fiberglass planters. However, due to additional steps that have to be taken for fiberglass planters, the lead time will be longer. 

    To get started on your custom planter, click here to fill out our quote form.

    Do you provide custom colors? Do custom colors cost more?

    Yes, and usually.

    The material you have chosen will dictate the options of color available to you.

    At PureModern, we spray most fiberglass planters with automotive-grade paint. We prefer using BASF for its highly resistant and durable finish. If you provide any RAL, Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, or your favorite paint company color code, we will match it.

    For powder-coated aluminum, we prefer TIGER Drylac® Series 38 powder coating. Color options will depend on your application, whether interior or exterior. TIGER Drylac® is VOC-free and made for industrial applications such as military equipment and communication towers.

    It is also proven to be weather and UV-ray resistant. According to the manufacturer, “Based on 5-year Florida exposure, TIGER Drylac® Series 38 exhibits 5.0 (Hunter) color change and > 30% gloss retention.” Finally, TIGER Drylac® Series 38 also complies with the American Architectural Manufacturing Association’s specification AAMA 2604.

    We are happy to send you a brochure showing the color options when requested.

    As far as price goes, it depends on the size of the order and what color and desired finish is selected. There are certain pigments that are more expensive than others.

    How do I achieve the look of one long, continuous planter?

    At PureModern, we are big fans of this look, and we have helped many clients create it. 

    To accomplish this high-impact look, we recommend using our modular bolted planter system. This design provides a continuous open trough on the interior.

    The planter sections will have tight vertical joints on the sides every several feet. It is fully customizable to fit your exact project specifications. Please contact us to learn more.

    Wholesale & Trade

    Why don't you list your wholesale prices?

    We do not have a wholesale price list for two reasons. 1.) Our prices vary based on the volume of each order. 2.) We do a lot of custom planter projects, which are priced after specifying.

    The list prices are available on our website. To receive accurate prices, it is usually best to have us quote each project. We can turn quotes around within 24 hours.

    Do you provide trade discounts and wholesale pricing?

    Yes, we do offer trade discounts and wholesale pricing. To apply to our trade discount program, please click here to learn more and fill out the form. Once the form is filled out, you can expect to hear back from us within 24 hours.

    To learn more about our wholesale planter pricing, click here

    Concrete Fire Pits

    Can I order product samples even though I am not ordering a product right now?


    When you order PureModern’s free samples*, you can see the color and texture**, and placing the samples in the right lighting will allow you to determine, with confidence, the correct option for you and your client.

    *Planter color samples are complimentary. Fire pit swatches require a down payment that is credited upon return.

    **Only our Modern Elite Planter and concrete fire pit color samples come in the same product color and texture. Our PurePots color samples come on a heavy plastic that emulates the texture of our fiberglass planters.

    Planter Accessories

    Do you have irrigation or installation solutions?
    Yes! We offer a number of irrigation and installation solutions. For irrigation, we offer Ollie Plant Sippers, which capitalizes on a plant’s own natural capillary action of attaining water and nutrients through its roots. With this system, plants require 80% less water, and the water holding tank only needs to be filled every six weeks – conserving resources and saving you time and money. We also offer EZ Fill-Ter Bags, which are a great way to fill your planters in lieu of heavy soil or stones while still providing a natural filtration system.
    If you require support with installing your custom planters, we can help with that as well. To learn more about which irrigation and installation solutions are right for your needs, contact us online or call us at 1-800-563-0593.
    How do plant sippers work?

    Plant sippers work similarly to how an aquifer works.

    A plant sipper is an empty plastic tank or reservoir that can hold water and has a long hollow tube attached to it so water can be added to the tank. They are used to reduce the amount of water needed to keep plants alive.

    The tank is placed in a planter below the area that the plants' roots will be. As the plants establish themselves, their roots will extend towards the tank of water. And then, by capillary action, the plant will draw water when the plant needs it.

    The long tube connected to the tank will need to be just above the top of the soil level to allow for water to be easily added to the tank. The tube has a float inside that rises when the tank is full of water and lowers as the water is used.

    Plant sippers, or self-watering reservoirs, save on the overall amount of water required for growth and, therefore, decreases watering frequency.

    Plant Sippers

    Do I need liners? Why or why not?
    Whether you need liners depends on the material of the planter you are using.

    You do not need liners for marine-grade aluminum and fiberglass planters. Neither of these materials degrades from constant exposure to water and soil. Additionally, marine-grade aluminum and fiberglass planters can be made watertight, further removing the need for a liner.

    Liners are good to use if the planter material will degrade when in constant contact with soil and water, such as a wood planter. Also, a liner is good to use in interior applications if the planter is not watertight.
    Do you offer casters on your planters?

    Yes. We can add casters to our Modern Elite powder-coated aluminum planters. Casters are essentially wheels that are added to the bottom of planters to make the planter easily movable and can be locking or non-locking.

    The specification to have casters placed on PureModern planters are as listed below:

    • 24”in high and under with a minimum width of 16”in
    • 24”in high and over with a minimum width of 18”in


    How to decrease noise pollution indoors?

    Add plants.

    According to research done at the London South Bank University, all you need to do is position large planter pots with plants in multiple locations along the edges and in the corners of rooms, and you'll experience a notable reduction in noise pollution. Learn more by clicking here.

    Modern Elite Rectangular Planter in a hallway at Schilling Place CA

    Modern Elite Rectangular Aluminum Planters at Schilling Place in Salinas, CA. See more images from this project by clicking here



    What is the best lighting for interior plants?

    It depends on what type of plant you will be planting. Each plant has its own specific ambient light requirements to grow and become an outstanding specimen.

    We suggest reading the following article to learn more about picking the right light for your plants. Click here to access the article. 


    Why should you source your commercial planters from PureModern?

    You should choose PureModern because our number one priority is ensuring that your project happens on time and meets your client’s expectations. We know you have a diverse array of project requirements and specifications and that each new project comes with its limitations, such as budget or space constraints. Use our expertise to help you find a solution. We will do our very best to fulfill your vision and will not be satisfied until you are.

    What you can expect when you work with PureModern:

    • We provide you with one point of contact
    • We can quote most projects the same day and typically within 48 hours for larger projects
    • Our fabrication lead times are as short as two weeks, depending on the needs of the project
    • We stand behind all our projects with our Done-Right Guarantee
    • We follow our Four-Step Proven Project Process
    • We offer technical expertise for unique custom configurations
    • We are consultative and responsive with a relational focus
    • We offer a large selection of high-end, commercial-grade products
    Where do you ship?
    We ship to the continental United States and Canada.
    Read what our client's are saying about PureModern

    Click on the link below to read the reviews our clients' have written about PureModern's products and services. One of the reasons we receive so many 5-star reviews is due to our Done-Right Guarantee. If you receive an item, and it is NOT what you expected when you expected it, we will make it right. Our goal is to exceed your expectations!

    How do I create an estimate?

    There are two ways that you can request an estimate.

    1. Select the products on that you desire, and add them to your cart. Click on the cart icon. When the cart screen opens, locate the box that says "Submit for Trade Quote". You'll be prompted to enter your email. Once you've done that, you can expect to receive a quote from us within 24hours.
    2. Go to, and click on the red button labeled "Request a        Quote" in the upper right corner. Fill out the requested information and click the red "Submit Request" button at the bottom of the screen. Once you've done that, you can expect to receive a quote from us within 24hours.