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Your Guide to Choosing the Right Planter or Pot

When purchasing a planter, you should carefully consider the ideal location, whether the plant will receive adequate lighting, and how frequently you want to water the plant. You should also consider how the planter will aid in the plant’s growth. Here are some guidelines to help you choose a planter for your plant.

Choosing Planter Materials


Terracotta is the commonest type of planter. They are porous, moisture-resistant, strong, and inexpensive. You can plant cacti and other plants that prefer their soil to dry out well between watering.


Plastic planters are available in different sizes; they are the cheapest. Plant roots don’t thrive in them because of their water retention capacity. You should avoid using plastic planters without drainage holes.


Concrete planters are aesthetically pleasing; they have no drainage holes when placed outside, but they tend to crack from exposure to weather elements.


Metal planters have no drainage holes like concrete planters, and the soil does not dry out quickly. They can be up-cycled from metallic household items rather than being bought specifically as planters.


Fiberglass planters are mainly used outdoor, they are lightweight and strong, and their surface finishing doesn’t crack due to exposure to weather elements over time.


Compostable Planters made of materials such as bamboo are eco-friendly and in high demand. They degrade after a certain amount of time.

High-Fire Ceramic

igh-fire ceramic planters are the healthiest option for planters because they allow the plant root to breathe well and do not wick away moisture quickly, but they are expensive because they are made of clay. They are long-lasting, durable, and environmentally friendly. They don’t have a drainage hole.

Ceramics made by hand

The most expensive planters are hand-thrown ceramics planters, which ceramicists make. They can be used indoors on shelves or on a desk.

Planter Sizes

When purchasing a planter, you should also consider the size. This is determined by the size of the plant. Planters must be at least two times the diameter of the plant. When planters are significantly larger than the plant size, the plant is at risk of being overwatered, causing the plant root to rot.

Planter Shape

There are circular and curved planters; choose planters with wide openings to make repotting easier.

Drainage in Planters

Drainage holes are one of the factors that can improve plant health because they allow air to flow into the soil while also allowing excess water to exit, preventing overwatering.

If your planters do not have drainage holes, you can create holes by drilling the planters, thereby saving your plant root from rotting.

Other Considerations

Terracotta planters should be placed in drip trays to avoid damaging the floor or table where the planter is placed.

If water drains quickly from the drainage hole, break up the soil with your fingers or dull utensils to improve water retention and absorption.

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