I want to use a box like this:enter image description here As outdoor flower tub. I'll cover the inside with PE film, so no direct contact with soil expected.

How long can I expect it to last until it rots and wouldn't keep it's form? It's dirt cheap, so I'll be happy if it holds one warm season till winter.

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    This is going to depend heavily on the climate where you live. Commented May 14, 2016 at 21:32
  • @CharlieKilian I live in Kyiv, Ukraine.
    – Gleb
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 21:37

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Local conditions will strongly influence this so it's impossible to give a reliable answer, but certainly you should be able to get more than one season from something like this regardless of the weather conditions. Even completely unprotected and exposed to plenty of wet weather pine won't rot away in just a year or two, although the laths are very thin so you should probably expect some warping and cracks or splits.

Possibly the weakest aspect of the construction of these is actually the staples, they may well fail first if they get rusty and the conditions are damp enough for the rust to progress.

  • The biggest problem will be continued contact with water. Moisture trapped in the joints or between the liner and the wood will not dry very fast and will tend to deteriorate faster. Consider a coat of paint or stain to prolong the life of the crates.
    – Ashlar
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 22:51

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