Plant Pots & Planters
A little container garden on your balcony or patio does not need too much space and gives you the freedom to move your plants into the sun or shade , out of the rain or even into the house whenever you need to. Grow plants that are not hardy and do not like the cold in winter in pots and planters and easily move them to the shed , cellar or garage once the temperature begin to drop. Decorate every corner of your garden with some flowers. Place a pretty planter urn right next to your front door , or a big planter box next to the shed. Hang a hanging basket from the roof of your house or garden shed or even from a sturdy tree branch if the potted plants like a more shaded place. Add window boxes to your windows or balcony to grow beautiful flowers in summer and decorate them with evergreen twigs and branches in winter. Even buy special planters to put onto your fence or balcony railing. These are called rail planters. If you always wanted to have a vertical garden check out our DIY article on how to create your own vertical garden at home.
And do not forget all the indoor uses for pots and planters. Add some green and nature to your home and fill your conservatory or living room with potted plants and flowers. You can also use small plant pots to grow your own little herb garden in your kitchen to have fresh basil , parsley or chives ready whenever you need them. In case you don't have green-fingers , try out this DIY plant craft to create your own paper greenery to spruce up your home.
Colour & Materials
Plastic and terracotta are probably the most popular materials for plant pots. Both have their advantages and appeals.
Terracotta looks very natural and warm. Usually , terracotta pots are pretty enough on their own and you do not need to buy an extra cachepot. Though if you have hardy plants that can stay outside in winter , terracotta plant pots are not the best choice as they can crack at low temperatures. Plastic plant pots can stay outside all year round. Even if you want to move them into the house or shed to protect your plants from the cold , they are much more lightweight than ceramic or terracotta planters even if you have very big plants in an appropriately sized flower pot. Plastic plant pots do come in pretty colours and designs as well. However , plastic pots can become hot during warm weather , weaken and fade after a lot of exposure to sunlight.
Other materials for planters and cachepots are resin , glass or metal. Wooden planters are a very popular choice as well. It's classic , yet contemporary material. Wood makes a great planter solid , thanks to its durable quality and general good strength , making it suitable for tall and heavy plantings. The advantage of having a wooden planter is that it is strong and can be painted in a colour of your choice. But on the other hand it requires regular maintenance , can be damaged by ants and woodlice and it's sensitive to the environment - especially frosting , which can damage wooden planters.
Metal planters are ideal for a rustic garden look. Metal proves a great planter material thanks to its sturdy quality that makes it ideal for heavy plantings and as wall planters. It's also strong , suitable for winter containers and you are absolutely on-trend with it. The disadvantage of having a metak plant pot is that it can become scorchingly hot during warm weather. Resin pots are often designed to imitate other planter materials including terracotta and stone. Resin is a popular choice among contemporary gardeners thanks to the current trend of rattan outdoor furniture. It is adaptable to all-weather conditions , affordable , durable , good water retention , lightweight and waterproof. Yet lightweight quality may cause them to topple over in high winds and resin is unsuitable for heavy plantings.
Furthermore you can also have planters made out of ceramic , stone and concrete. Especially , stone and concrete make great planter materials due to their large and heavy size , making them ideal for large plantings. Considerably costlier than other planters , stone and concrete stand the test of time thanks to their durable quality. They are also good at maintaining soil moisture and temperature , have good insulation and are suitable for use in all seasons , sturdy and ageless. On the downside stone and concrete are heavy and difficult to move about.
Ceramic plant pots are available in a wide range of colours and patterns. They are often instantly distinctive thanks to their decorative detail , waterproof , bottom-heavy , thus suitable for windy weather , and are proving a great choice for trend-driven gardens. Ceramic planters can be expensive and break easily.
Popular colours for plant pots (plastic or otherwise) are grey , blue or green , as well as the ever present terracotta pots that come in their natural colour (glazed or unglazed).
And if you happen to end up with the rather generic black plastic of the plant pots you bought your plants in , use a cachepot to cover it up. You can even use cachepots to quickly swap the look according to season or to decorate for special occasions without having to repot your plant. Shop Pots Planters offers pots , planters and planter stands in many different styles and colours.
Taking care of potted plants
Water your potted plants regularly. Plants need a lot more water in summer and when they stay in the sun than in winter. But the amount of water also depends on the individual plant's needs. As usual , "read the label " and make sure your plants get as much or as little water as they need. To make sure that they do not "drown " if you accidently water them a little too much , your plant pots need drainage holes at the bottom. If your pot or planter does not have those holes , add them before potting your plants into them. If you cannot add a hole because the pot material is too sturdy or too brittle and any attempt might break the pot , add a thick layer of stones at the bottom.
Here are our care tips for the different materials of plant pots:
You will also need to add fertilizer to your plant pots to provide all the nutrition your potted flowers or other plants need. We have a list of superfoods provided here so you can check what your vegetable or fruit needs to fully grow. Since they grow in a pot and not a flower or vegetable bed , they only have the compost they were potted with to live from. Re-pot your plants at least every other year or whenever the soil in the planter gets old or roots poke out of it at the bottom drainage holes. When re-potting chose a suitable pot at least one size bigger than your old plant pot. When you are reusing plant pots always clean them thoroughly before potting new plants into them.