Best Type of Pots for Plants: How to Make Smart Planter Choices

Plants are our best friends, really. There’s always a time for flowers and plants. Flowers are a part of so many wonderful celebrations. They give us wonderful memories.

Plants offer so many benefits, for us and the environment. They eat nasty carbon dioxide, the stuff that hurts us so much. They give us plenty of oxygen. They purify the air. They give a natural aroma, something lacking in the urban jungles of today. Best of all, they look beautiful in any surrounding. They improve our well-being and give us natural energy, improving our ambience.

Indoor plants, outdoor porch flower arrangements, or any plant, in fact, is complemented by a good planter. Whether it be a large pot, small pot or a range of cachepots and planters, you can guarantee a good plant container will complement any plant. It helps it to grow healthy. In turn, the plant gives you the energy needed to continue your mission to decorate your home with natural plant beauty.

How do we match and mix out flowers to suit the perfect pot or container? There are a few tips to consider when choosing the right plant pot. Let’s look into these factors which can enhance the seductiveness in those gorgeous looking plants.

Indoor plants – how to look after them

You must think about a few things when buying your perfect planter. We have to think about the proportions and size, in inches. Irrigation is vital when circulating a healthy supply of water to your plants. Hygiene is always important for living things. Of course, we must consider our material and style to tailor-make our plant pot.

How each plant grows and its size

Think about the houseplant you want. What size do they grow to? Do they grow quickly or does it take time for the plant to grow? You need the right pot size if you want to have a healthy plant. Containers or pots usually need to be a little higher (a few inches) than the plant base. This way, the plant will fit into the pot. The plant will bloom naturally out of the pot.

Small planters

If the pot is too small inches wise, the plant will overspill. Plastic cracks. This looks ugly. Worst of all, it will stop the plant from growing in its natural way. The roots can become suffocated if they are in too small a space. The flower can get cut and damaged in an unsuitable plant pot. Small pots can’t hold a big houseplant. The plant will self-destruct if not raised in suitable living conditions.

best type of pots for plants

Large pots

If the pot is too large for the smaller plant, the plant can experience some severe problems. If it can’t grow naturally out of the pot, it won’t get as much air or light. This can damage the leaves. More importantly, if the pot or container is too large for the plant, the soil might stay wet for longer periods.

best type of pots for plants

Rather than this being a good water reserve for the plant, it actually destroys them. Root rot can easily happen in a plant that grows in dirty water and soil. This brings disease. It’s important to choose the right size pot. Inches matter when making these decisions.

Plants and the right amount of water

Drainage holes are a vital part of any plant pot. They can be big holes or little minuscule apertures. Every pot style should have holes, even the cheaper plastic pot. This allows the roots to spread. The hole is used to get rid of access water. It also helps the plant to self-cleanse by getting rid of any overused soil.

best type of pots for plants

You have to take drainage into account when growing plants. Drainage stops the plant from keeping toxins. Plant disease occurs when they have not been looked after. Buy containers or a pot that will suit your plant root size. Keep an eye on the growth, to make sure bad drainage holes aren’t hurting the houseplants. Learn how to clean the pot and treat it.

Plant pot hygiene

Pots and containers need to be cleaned every now and then. This stops toxins and rots from old pots seeping into the plant growth. Most incidents of this happening often result in the plant getting sick. Clay pots, for example, develop a white residue or crust on the top of pots after a while. This is due to evaporating water. You don’t want sick houseplants in the living room!

For clay, fiberglass and metal pots, you can rinse the empty pot first. After that, apply appropriate bleach or solution (look at the instructions carefully) to the material. Leave it for a bit, then rinse again. With plastic pots, soapy water can replace bleach or solution.

best type of pots for plants

Wooden pots are a bit trickier. They need different attention, depending on the type of wood. This is the same for most pot materials. You have to consider how much work you want to put into your indoor plants. Some flowers and pots are high maintenance. Some are easy to keep and require little attention.

Beautiful ceramic pots or plain plastic pots, or fiberglass – what pot should I buy?

Different kind of pots has their benefits and drawbacks. They are a variety of pot styles available. Let’s look at the main selections available and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each pot and container type.

Plastic pots – This is a cheap way to store houseplants. Plastic easy to buy and allow the plants room. However, they aren’t very strong and can break very easily. They are also only good for short-term growth.

best type of pots for plants

Wooden containers – It looks rustic is the pot is furnished well. The material can keep the plants solid. It is a strong container. Wood can rot at a quicker rate than other pots. It’s a bit high maintenance. Can be expensive if you purchase well-treated wooden pots.

best type of pots for plants

Metal pots – Some like a basic metal basket. Others like the retro look, putting flowers into large milk or beer kegs. Cast-iron East Asian Urns also look good. Metal holds the plants well. They also hold water and nutrients. Metal can get very hot though. Your plants could be scorched. Drainage can be affected. Some metals rust quickly with water. Make sure you choose the right type of metallic look.

best type of pots for plants

Ceramic pots and terra cotta pots – Usually a decorative bespoke styled pot. Similar in nature, both ceramic and terracotta pots almost have their own drainage hole. They are porous, so excess water evaporates naturally. They can be crafted to look stunning. They are strong enough to hold most types of plants. They can break if dropped. Another thing is that they need to be cleaned, otherwise the pot can get root rot. This can lead plants to disease.

best type of pots for plants

Fiberglass planters – This is the rising star of the planter club. It is very durable and holds plants well. It allows water to evaporate and keeps nutrients. The material can withhold UV and doesn’t fade on the porch. The fiberglass is easy to clean and maintain. You can order bespoke styles to suit your taste. Fiberglass containers can last for years. They can be expensive compared to other pots.

best type of pots for plants

Choosing the right houseplant pot is a bit of a challenge at first. You get used to it. You also have to consider the shape and size.

The shapes of pots

You have to think about the shape of pots, as well as sizes. This has a huge influence on aspects such as aesthetic and look, as well as drainage and soil.

The science of planting

There is a bit of science to all of this. The professionals like to call it Soil 101. Basically, you find a type of soil mix that is suitable to hold the right kind of water and nutrients for your plant. The soil mix has particles that can hold appropriate amounts of water. This is the matric potential. This is how we work out what type of soil is good for planting.

The science of soil

The soil is an important point to consider when deciding whether to buy tall, upright plant pots or a wide container. The tall pots can offer a different level of nutrients, air and water to a wide container. This is due to gravity and the capillary actions taking place in the plant pot. Water is always pulled down by gravity. However, the capillary action of the roots enables certain plants to absorb the air, water and nutrients to suit their growth. The shape of the pot determines the soil to water to air percentage in the pot.

best type of pots for plants

Tall, upright pots

Tall, upright pots will offer more air than water. They like to grow upward. Some plants don’t need so much water. In fact, certain foliage will be bogged down and drowned in water. Vertically shaped pots offer the potential for certain plants to spout upwards. These type of plants go in a tall shaped pot. They are popular pots for the corner of a room when choosing indoor plants. The Kentia Palm, for example, tends to grow strongly in a taller pot indoors.

best type of pots for plants

Wide, rectangular planter pots

These have different water to air percentage, which affects the plant development overall. Some houseplants cannot survive this, as they will get bogged out by too much water. Certain foliage thrives in such conditions. They have lots of water to drink and love to be immersed in soil. They have enough sunlight to grow. Perennials are a good example. Various herbs can be grown this way too.

best type of pots for plants

A mix of tall and wide planters is recommended for the indoor garden.

The pot size

The size of the plant pot can change the look of indoor plants. It can affect the ways in which each plant cooperates with its surroundings. Even an inch, or a few inches, can make a difference. This has kickbacks on the drainage of the plant.

best type of pots for plants

All plants start as a seed. Whatever happens, you’ll start with small, likely with a cheap plastic pot. Some houseplants won’t grow much more and you can upgrade quickly. Other plants may take a bit more time. This means the plastic containers will be cracking before long and will need to be replaced. Some plants may need hanging and therefore won’t need pots, but baskets.

Can I buy bespoke pots?

Yes, this is possible. Different styles can be created to suit your version of gardening and potting. The pot can be bespoke to your needs, helping the houseplant with drainage hole needs. Creative Design Manufacturing can develop fiberglass to suit your indoor houseplants. No more need to keep replacing plastic!

Creative Design Manufacturing (CDM)

Creative Design Manufacturing provides some of the best styles of planters and containers to respectable clients worldwide. The company has extensive knowledge of lightweight fiberglass materials and will bespoke any container to suit any style and to the closest inch. CDM delivers personal service in addition to promoting services to corporate clients globally.

CDM has a variety of engineers, craftsmen and artisans creating a different version of fiberglass houseplant containers every day. In addition to our network of customer support, we guarantee you’ll get a premium service. We are specialists in the lightweight fiberglass range.

Give us a call or email to discuss how to help your plant’s health with various holes, drainage and moisture levels. What’s important is for you to focus on the potting and your indoor garden. CDM can find styles to suit you. We can look at hanging designs. We can also construct fiberglass to suit your taste, such as a terracotta or clay appearance. We will help you make a great choice.

Interested to find out more about us? Make sure you have a look at the CDM planter manufacturing process!

Which pot suits your houseplant?

We’ve given you tips to consider how the sizes and shapes affect plant development and growth. We’ve looked briefly at the benefits and drawbacks of each material for the pot. We also wanted to show a bit of the science involved, to show to you how this affects the drainage holes and how inches or an inch makes a difference.

Whether you are being decorative by hanging, considering the moisture or root, or thinking about inches in the pot, always take time to learn about your flower. Take your time and move with these tips at your own pace.

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