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Corten Steel - A Rustic & Durable Material

Corten steel, also called weathering steel, is a steel alloy composed of iron, with small amounts of copper, chromium, nickel and other elements. It is renowned for its exceptional durability, and distincitve rustic patina, which forms a protective layer against corrosion.

This makes corten steel ideal for planters, allowing them to withstand harsh weather conditions without deteriorating. The rusted patina adds a unique aesthetic to gardens, and requires minimal maintenance. Its strength and resilience make it a practical and visually appealing choice for a metal planter.

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Frequently asked questions

Our corten steel planters come preweathered, so a patina should begin to develop within a few days of use, but it may take up to 6 months for it to fully develop.

The development of the patina may take up to 6 months, but it could be faster, depending on the weather. If you want to speed up the patina, you can spray the corten steel with water. Just make sure to do it evenly, to get a full rusted effect.

Pre-weathered means that they have already been pre-rusted to speed up the patina development, saving weeks from the development process.It also means that your planters will arrive with the signature orange colour already developing.

Your planter will arrive flat packed, with an easy assembly process. The exact instructions for each planter are available on the respective product pages.

Yes, corten steel planters do come with pre-drilled drainage holes, to help regulate your planters water capacity, and prevent root rot.

No, the rust patina that is formed is actually a protecting layer of rust, and it doesn’t compromise the structural strength of the planter.

Yes, corten steel planters are heavy. Please check the exact product for the weights.

Corten steel actually requires minimal care and maintenance. Just ensure that they are in a well drained area that will prevent water from accelerating the rusting process. Over time a protective patina will develop.

Yes, corten steel can leave stains on patios and tiles. We sell a rust stain remover, that should effectively combat the stains, which you can find here. Please bear this in mind when choosing where to place your planter.

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