House and garden

Flower pots: making the right choice

There are several advantages of growing plants in pots - one of them is that you can "remake" a miniature plant world as you wish. In addition, the potted garden does not require frequent loosening of the soil or weeding; only moderate watering and fertilizer are required.

If you grow herbs, flowers, spices, bushes or trees in pots - of course, the shape and volume of flower pots are of great importance. When choosing a pot, you first need to consider how tall the plant is. Low-growing species should not be planted in heavy and tall containers and vice versa - a lush bush will look bad in a narrow pot. For example, conical vessels are very unstable, especially for tall and branched plants. The most stable are those flower pots that have the correct shape - square and tall. Shallow pots are suitable for stunted plants and spring bulbous flowers.

The main types of flower pots

Clay pots

Clay pots are most attractive to amateur gardeners, but in fact they hide some of the disadvantages that arise over time. Clay softens over time, and the vessel begins to crack and collapse. In addition, not all pots are resistant to cold, so it is recommended that they be insulated in winter. On the other hand, clay is a porous material that allows the soil to “breathe”, which makes them very suitable for drought-resistant plant species. During the summer, wet clay keeps cool for plant roots.

Plastic flower pots

Plastic pots are very suitable for the winter period, because plastic does not allow cold air to pass through. However, this directly affects the soil moisture, namely, it does not dry out quite quickly. Therefore, it is not recommended to water the plants often.

Wooden pots

Wooden pots may not look strong and reliable, but with proper care they can withstand even large bushes and trees. To prevent decay of the tree, it is recommended to treat the container with a preparation favorable for plants and material or to cover the pot with polyethylene inside.

Wood and clay protect the roots of plants from heat, so they are suitable for plants that are set under the scorching sun.

Metal flower pots

Metal pots are very attractive, but they can cause a lot of trouble. Since metals are a poor insulator, soil and plant roots can overheat in hot or cold soil.

In addition, metal vessels often do not have drilled holes, so it is extremely important to do this yourself.

Stone flower pots

Stone pots have a variety of shapes - some can be decorated with handles, ornaments and other geometric shapes that fit perfectly into modern surroundings. The stone is durable, frost-resistant and holds moisture well, so you can be sure that your plants will be warm and in good soil.


Ceramic flower pots are very beautiful, but also very fragile. An important advantage of these pots is that the material does not allow moisture to evaporate quickly, so there is no need to regularly water the plants. When choosing porcelain vessels, it is important that they have a drainage hole and are frost-resistant.

Plants in flower pots breathe life into small spaces, but they can also be placed in the courtyard. For this, tall and deep pots are suitable, which do not limit the development of the root system of plants. Deep and wide flower pots are ideal for trees. Apples, cherries, figs, peaches and large bushes will grow well in these vessels for years.

Shallow pallets and knitted baskets are ideal for growing small plants. In shallow soil, mountain flowers (carnations) and carpet plants (wild thyme) grow.

Window frames are also very beautiful and spectacular. They are long, narrow and not very deep. They contain a limited amount of soil and therefore it must be enriched with useful substances.

Clay pots look especially attractive in the garden. Deep flower pots are ideal for shrubs such as hydrangea.