What You Should Know About Plant Container Pots

Posted on January 31, 2021 by Andrea Forsberg

Are All Plant Containers the Same?

If you just purchased the perfect house plant, you are wondering if you need to take it out of the container it came in and repot it.  The answer is – likely, no. Most house plants can continue to remain in their grower’s pots until they show signs of stress that indicate a need for repotting.  They will usually be happy if left in their original containers for the first year, which is good news for those of us who live in the Upper Peninsula.


For your new plant, choose a plant pot cover or unique pottery container. Choose a container to complement your home décor or easily refresh your home office’s look by choosing a pot cover that adds some personality to your plant.


Types of Container Pots


1.Grower’s Pots. These are the original pots the plants are in when they leave the nursery. They are typically plastic or clay. Clay is especially important if it is a plant that requires a more arid environment. House plants should stay in their grower’s pots. Choose a decorative ceramic pot cover or bowl to accentuate the color and lines of your plant. 


  1. Outdoor Container Pots. These containers are available in plastic, terracotta and ceramic. Outdoor planters have holes in the bottom of them for drainage. The type of planter you choose is a matter of personal preference, but you should consider the plant’s moisture needs and how frequently you water. Terracotta and ceramic planters are the most popular choices for patio gardens. Plastic containers are much lighter, and depending on the size of your outdoor plant maybe a better option.


  1. Decorative Plant Cover. Decorative plant covers are used to cover up the grower’s pot. They are available in a wide variety of materials including terracotta clay, ceramic, wood, steel, or other materials. Choosing a pot cover is an easy way to add a bit of personality to your houseplants. Choose a slightly larger size than the grower’s pot container your plant is in so you can easily remove it when necessary. A beautiful clay or ceramic plant cover pot can elevate your houseplant and your home décor. Ceramic plant containers are available in a wide variety of colors, styles, and sizes. This beautiful handmade Ellemere Planter is a perfect example of how a plant cover pot can elevate the look of your household plants, making them a central design element.


Tips for Repotting Your Plants


Most houseplants can stay in their original pots for at least a year or more.  Evaluate your plants at least once a year to check for signs of being rootbound, or if the substrate (potting material) needs to be replenished.  Repot plants that are falling over, rootbound, or you can’t get enough water into them.


  1. Choose the right size. If you do need to repot your existing plant, choose the right size pot. The root ball should fit comfortably inside, without too much extra room. You should be able to add 1-2 inches of substrate surrounding the root ball in all directions. You will want to choose a pot that is about 2 inches larger than the one you have.  Avoid going too large, the plants roots won’t be able to soak up the water quick enough to avoid root rot.


  1. Choose the right time of year. The best time to repot your plants is in the spring, when plants are in growth mode. Avoid repotting plants during the winter when they are dormant.


  1. Choose the right container. The type of container you choose will be dependent on the plant type, your watering habits, and if the plant is an outdoor or indoor plant. Make sure that your pot has a drain hole to keep the soil from staying too wet. This also provides adequate airflow.


Your houseplants need the right container, and proper care to thrive. Stop by Flower Works tropical greenhouse in Marquette, MI, for more helpful information on caring for your houseplants, or to find the perfect container. Contact us at (906) 273-1335 for more information on caring for your plants.


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