Pots play a very important role in growing plants indoors. But how do you choose the perfect ones for your plants so that they can grow without problems? Achieving this is easier than you think.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before deciding which pot is right for your new plant.
Pots vs Planters?
Here at Fleur & Co., we use the terms “pot” and “planter” interchangeably to refer to the containers we use for indoor plants.
But in case you're wondering about their difference in "textbook" definition,
Pots are generally smaller, rounder, and are meant to contain one plant.
Planters are typically bigger, rectangular-shaped and meant for outdoors, but can be used indoors too.
Should I repot my new plants?
You don't need to repot your new houseplant yet. But if you really can't help it and you want to repot it anyway, do so as soon as you get it.
However, keep in mind that some plants can go up to 1 year or even longer before they need a new pot.
Repotting too often can stress the plant out, leading to browning at the tips of leaves, and wilting and shedding leaves so think twice and proceed carefully.
To know if your plant needs repotting, check out these 3 signs:
1. The plant is already too big that you cannot see the pot anymore.
2. The roots are coming out of the pot.
3. The soil is too compact.
Should I only use pots with drainage holes?
YES, BUT THERE IS A WORKAROUND! :)
All houseplants need water, but they do not thrive sitting in water for too long so it is beneficial to use a pot with drainage holes to allow water out and air in.
If you wish to use a pot without drainage holes for decorative purposes, leave the plant in its growing pot, then place that growing pot into your decorative pot. This technique is also known as double potting. A decorative pot does not need drainage holes, but it should be able to fit the growing pot.
How to choose the right pot size for my plant?
One thing to note is that we refer to plants in terms of the diameter of their pots.
For example, a 6-inch plant is a plant that grows in a pot with a 6-inch diameter, regardless of the height or type of plant.
When choosing a pot, choose one that is 1-2 inches larger than the current size if the plant is currently growing.
What pot material is best for my plants?
Plastic pots are lightweight and low-cost. They tend to retain moisture, so you will water less frequently. Choose plastic when weight counts, such as with hanging baskets or plants on a wall shelf.
Terra cotta pots are a little heavier and they are porous, so plants need water more frequently. They are the perfect choice for plants that like dry or well-aerated soil, including cacti/succulents.
Ceramic pots are often used as decorative pots since most of them do not have drainage holes. They have lots of different styles, perfect for any interior setting.