You may think all you need to know about choosing plant pots is what they’ll look like with your decor but a pot is actually very important to your plant’s health. Use these tips to select a pot that’s right for you and your plant.
Terracotta pots are an excellent choice for many houseplants especially if you are new to houseplants. Not only is there a beautiful aesthetic, but it also corrects the common mistake of over-watering because of its wicking qualities that are inert to natural clays. As they age they develop a unique natural patina and can add a touch of rustic charm to your home. These pots are made of baked clay and are porous, meaning they allow air and moisture through them. This makes them an excellent choice for plants that don’t tolerate wet roots like cacti and succulents. However, if you choose a terracotta pot for a moisture loving fern you’re going to need to water often.
Terracotta pots can be used outdoors during the summer but shouldn’t be left out during cold weather. Due to their porous nature terracotta pots are susceptible to freezing and cracking.
Another popular choice is glazed ceramic. They come in a wide range of colors and designs; they’re one of the easiest to find something that fits your unique style. They’re very durable and will last for years. They can also be used both indoors and out making them perfect for plants that seasonally transition to your patio during the summer months.
If the pot is glazed inside the pot as well as outside, they will not “breathe” like terracotta pots. If have moisture-loving plants or you are more experienced growers, this is an excellent pot choice. If you love glazed pottery but are uncertain about watering, look for pots that are partially glazed. The inside of the pot will be matte or natural feeling to the touch and have a better chance of breathing out excessive moisture.
Fiber Clay is manufactured with fiberglass, concrete and other recyclable materials. Like ceramic and terracotta, these pots can also be used both indoors and out. Fiber Clay also has the added benefit of being frost resistant. They also come in a variety of styles and are lightweight and durable.
Plastic pots are lightweight and affordable, but they will obviously need to be replaced long before their sturdier counterparts. Even UV resistant plastic will eventually break down in sunlight so these pots last longer indoors than on a patio or balcony. However, if you have a large plant that needs to be moved frequently or carried upstairs their weight has obvious advantages.
While some plants love moist environments, for succulents and cacti good drainage is a must. Always choose a pot with drainage holes and a tray to catch excess water to keep them looking their best. These pots can also come in handy if you’re new to houseplants and have a tendency to overwater.
Choosing a Size
If you know that your plant is going to get big it can be tempting to purchase a large pot. However, purchasing an oversized pot for your plant can actually slow their growth. Your plant may focus on filling the pot you’ve chosen with roots before putting on a lot of leafy growth. Choosing a pot 2-4 inches larger than your plant’s current pot will allow it to grow quickly.
Potting up plants gradually also helps give them a little boost because you’re adding fresh potting soil each time. Also, even if your houseplant is small it will look full in a smaller pot.
Finding the perfect pot for your plant is all about balancing aesthetic and practical needs. Homestead Gardens carries a wide selection of indoor and outdoor pottery so that you can find something that helps your plant thrive while complementing your home.
Want to learn more about how to better care for your houseplant? Check out this blog common houseplant fertilizers. Or come visit one of our Homestead Gardens locations to speak with an expert for more information.