How to choose the right indoor pot. Indoor pottery will come in a wide range of colors, materials, and sizes.
These type of pots are unglazed and are made of clay. They are fired up at temperatures of more than 1500 F. They are porous which means the pot itself will absorb water and soil. You will have to keep your eye on watering a little more often. Clay pots are perfect for succulent type plants as shown in the image below.
Clay pots do tend to break or crack if you bang them around the ground or on a hard surface. It’s always best to use a terracotta saucer to help with drainage. This style of pots is great for country or rustic type homes. It’s best to soak clay pots in water before actually using it (24hrs). You are basically priming the clay to hold water and soil.
Types of plants for Clay Pots. Bromeliads, Jade, Succulents, Orchids and indoor types of cactus.
These type of pots are less expensive and retain water much longer than the terracotta pots. They will not break when dropped and weigh a lot less than plastic or ceramic pots. Plastic pots nowadays are a good choice if you are on a budget. Many can look expensive but eventually, they will deteriorate a lot quicker than the ceramic types.
You can choose almost any type of indoor plants for a plastic container. Below is a large plastic terra-cotta colored pot. Great for the larger type of indoor plants.
There are hundreds if not thousands of ceramic pots that you can choose from. Glazed ceramic pots do not dry out as quickly, and they do stop air from getting through the pots hence less watering. However, plants in ceramic pots will dry out quicker because they will retain heat from the sun if they are placed outdoors.
Most local nurseries will have a good choice of indoor/outdoor pots to choose from.
Purchasing the right ceramic pot for your indoor plant is important. A small plant in a large container or vice versa will not look right. Your ceramic pot should have a hole at the bottom for drainage it’s important to occasionally check the hole in case it gets plugged.
Best pots for indoor plants
As a rule of thumb, the taller your plant the taller your pot should be.
The best pots for orchids are ones that have holes all around. Orchids love to have their roots system out in the open air. They absorb the moisture through the air and carbon dioxide. Orchids also like orchid bark and not potting soil or mix. Learn more about orchids here.
You can also use terra-cotta pots for orchids the root system will eventually come up and over the edge of your pot.
African Violet Pots
African Violet Pots are somewhat different. They like terra-cotta pots and they are picky when it comes to touching the foliage including water. So…it’s best to use African Violet pots for your indoor decoration. The glazed pots will last longer and give you a better design.
See image below. The pot on the left goes inside the pot on the right. You fill the pot on the right with water then insert the pot on the left. There will be an overfill of water so do this inside a sink or outdoors. Remember the insert pot on the left needs to be primed. This means soaking the pot with water for about 24hrs.
An African Violet plant inside the same pot above.
Learn more about African Violets here.
Small Bonsai pots are used for, ok get ready for this…Bonsai plants. These pots are usually short and shallow and the reason for this is that you want your plant or bonsai tree to stay small. The smaller the pot the more restricted the plant will NOT grow. It basically will dwarf the plant or it will not grow to its normal size. The rule is one year in the pot will equal about 7 years grown in the ground.
It’s important to have drainage holes on all bonsai pots. Sometimes these pots come with copper wiring to help keep the plant in place. Tie the plant around the root system and cover with good bonsai potting soil. The majority of bonsai pots are ceramic but they do come in glazed terra-cotta and plastic.
A nice looking Ginseng Ficus inside a Black Bonsai Pot.
A Dwarf Spreading Juniper in a Typical Bonsai Pot
Ask for these type of pots at your local nursery. Color Your World and Guzman’s Greenhouse will normally have these pots in stock throughout the seasons.
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