Indoor Plant Pots: The House Where Your Plant Lives - Not Too Big, Not Too Small

plant pots for indoors

Indoor plant pots come in a variety of shapes,  sizes,  and materials.

The container should always fit the plant with enough room for the roots to grow.

A pot that is too large can allow the soil to be too wet, resulting in root rot; one that is too small can restrict the plants growth.

Terra-cotta pots are the favorite choice because they are porous which allow plants to breathe through the sides.

This protects the plant from over-watering so they dry out a lot faster.   Just remember  to soak them in water before the first use.

Clay pots are best for growing herbs that like dry light soil.

Plastic ones are less expensive and retain moisture longer. They need less frequent watering than the ones made of clay, lessening the buildup of salts that could harm your plant. Always use a well-draining potting mix with these.

Fiberglass ones are also inexpensive, light in weight, easy to handle, and come in a variety of attractive shapes and colors.

Always make sure you use clean indoor plant pots when repotting or replanting. Make sure they are completely empty and washed with a solution of bleach and nine parts water. To remove mineral deposits, wash with a mild vinegar solution and rinse thoroughly with water.

Most manufactured clay pots have a drainage hole and the plastic ones have several drainage holes in the bottom. In case they don’t, you can easily drill the drainage holes using a ¼ inch drill bit and drill. Drill at a slow speed to avoid cracking any fragile materials.

Cachepots are decorative containers that can disguise plain flowerpots and make a lovely display. Just remember to add a layer of gravel at the bottom of your container and then place the potted plant on top. This will prevent your plant from rotting.

If you use a basket, be sure to line it with a plastic bag or place a metal container inside the basket before placing the potted plants inside. Then you can hide the top of the pot with bark, moss, or pebbles for a more polished look.

Self-watering planters are great for plants that need a steady supply of water. It takes the guess-work out of watering because the plants gets the right amount of water. It has a sub-irrigation system in the bottom with a gauge that tells you when to add water. This is especially good for plants that don't like to get their leaves wet. They are available in several sizes, styles, and colors and can be used outside as well.

Self-watering container mix is ideal for this kind planter because it has a coarse texture that acts like a wick drawing water from the reservoir to the root system. Your plants get better aeration and less waterlogging and a more vigorous root growth.

The African violet pot is a double container that makes growing these plants easy. It is a unique double pot with an outer ceramic shell that is glazed inside which serves as the water reservoir. The inner unglazed pot which houses the plant, slowly allows needed water to soak through keeping the roots moist. They are also good for other moisture loving ferns, bromeliads, and tropicals.

Whether you like plants that hang from the ceiling and cascade down, on tabletops, windowsills, or small indoor trees, there are a multitude of indoor plant pots to showcase your collection.

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