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How To Choose A Planter

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Plants are a beautiful addition to any room and can bring a crisp, lively feel to an otherwise stale environment. When shopping for the perfect planter, there are several factors that require careful consideration.

First of all, you’ll need to understand the different materials that planters are made of, as well as some of the pros and cons of each. Another important factor to consider when choosing the best planter for your needs is the size – your plants will need to fit comfortably; not too snug and not too loosely. Finally, you will need to consider drainage holes: why they are useful, what to do if your perfect planter doesn’t have one, and consequences when using planters that are not equipped with drainage holes.

What materials are planters made of?

There are three main materials used for planters; each is listed below along with some pros and cons of each style:

1. Ceramic/Glazed

Ceramic pots are artful, whether they are glazed or left with a matte finish. They are eye-catching and serve more than a functional purpose – they create a statement on their own. These planters are often seen used with succulents, as they tend to get quite heavy the larger they are. If you know your planter will remain stationary and you’re looking for an added artistic touch, this may be the right planter for you.

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Ceramic Wall Planter

2. Terra Cotta/Clay

Clay pots are the most commonly seen planters in gardens – they are a burnt orange color and can hold a variety of plants. Since this style is so popular, it is easy to mix and match sizes and shapes while keeping a uniform color scheme.

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Hanging Planter
Pot Planter
Urn Planter
Clay Planter
Terracotta Planter
Natural Terracotta Planter

3. Plastic

Plastic planters are the most affordable of the three options; in fact, most plants, when purchased, are already stored within a plastic planter. Although this original encasement is often disposed of, these plastic planters can actually be washed and reused! They work well for starting seeds and for multiplying plants. It is important to note, however, that plastic will keep soil moist for a much longer period of time than clay planters and so preventing root rot is of dire importance – that’s where drainage holes come in (more on that later).

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Box Planter
Polyethylene Planter
Old Bronze Planter
Plastic Planter
Wall Planter
Alpine White Planter

Which size planter should I use?

This is a common question when considering the use of pots and planters. There are a couple of key factors to consider before purchasing your planter – check out the guidelines below:

Vinyl Planter
Wood Planter
Small Planter
Stoneware Planter
Medium Planter
Metal Planter

Should my planter have a hole at the bottom?

Yes. Drainage is of vital importance to ensure your plant’s best possible health. Using a planter without a drainage hole may cause water to pool at the bottom – when this happens, your plant is unable to absorb oxygen or nutrients. Without being able to “breathe,” your plant will suffocate. The excess water will also cause the growth of fungus, also known as root rot.

If your planter does not have a hole at the bottom, you can drill one in. Another tip is to use a plastic planter with a drainage hole inside a larger planter without a drainage hole.

Best Tips

Although proper watering and sufficient sunlight are ultimately what foster plant health, finding the right planter makes each of these tasks easier. Now, get out there and find your perfect planter!