Flower Pots: Which Container is Better?

Pots for indoor plants amaze with their variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colors. How to choose a suitable and beautiful container in which the flower will grow quickly and bloom profusely?

So that you don’t accidentally buy an unnecessary thing, let’s first figure out the difference between flower pots and then choose one on After all, some novice flower growers do not know that these containers perform different functions.

Some flower pots are a decorative vessel (without a tray or holes), which only covers an unsightly flower container. And other pots are intended directly for planting. Therefore, in order to provide the flower with comfortable conditions, holes are made in the bottom of the pot through which excess liquid flows into the tray.

flower pots on the wall
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Selecting the size of a flower pot

The height and diameter of the container are the main criteria when choosing a flower pot. Remember: the larger the plant’s root system, the larger the pot it needs.

When replanting an adult plant, choose a larger pot than the previous container – mentally add about 3-4 cm to the diameter of the old one. So, the entire root system and drainage should fit freely into the new container (with a layer of about 2 cm). You also need to take into account the rule: the height of the pot should be 1/3 or 1/4 of the total height of the plant.

In addition, do not forget about individual plant preferences. Do not buy a pot that is too large (for growing), since most house flowers do not like spacious containers. And, for example, anthurium, spathiphyllum and aglaonema feel good only in close quarters.

Shapes of flower pots

Since the shape of the root system of plants is individual, it is necessary to select a specific container for it. Thus, tall garden flower pots are intended for flowers with a long root going deep into the soil. Cacti, palm trees, and some citrus crops need such containers. A wide and shallow pot is suitable for plants with fibrous root systems located near the soil surface. Geranium, begonia, and chrysanthemum prefer this container.

If you can’t choose the right shape of flower pot, choose a universal option that fits most plants. Such containers have the same height and diameter.

assorted flower pots on the table
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Selecting flower pots for the interior

The containers in which flowers grow must match the style of the room and fit well into the interior design. Thus, bright pots with various designs will be appropriate in a children’s room, but in a living room made in the baroque or minimalist style they will look ridiculous.

If you don’t want to give up rich shades, match the color of the pots with other interior details and accessories (for example, sofa cushions). If the plants in the room are arranged in groups, they should all be combined with each other. Therefore, it is advisable to use flower pots of the same color and texture.

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