Picking a Plant Pot

What Are Plant Pots Made From?

Plant pots can be made from a wide variety of different materials, including the following:

  • Ceramic
  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Fabric
  • Metal
  • Fibreglass
  • Concrete
  • Terracotta

Each different material has its advantages and disadvantages, some situations or locations in your garden may favour one type of pot rather than another.

What Do You Put In The Bottom Of A Planter For Drainage?

To prevent water from completely draining out of your plant pot try using old broken pots or other crockery, gravel, polystyrene or even old plastic materials at the bottom of your pot to slightly cover the drainage hole beneath your soil.

This is also dual purpose, especially with deeper, larger pots as you won’t need to fill the entire contents with soil. A pot completely filled with soil will be very heavy and will not be cost effective.

How Are Plant Pots Measured?

Plant Pots can be measured in two ways:

  • The volume of the pot in Litres (common in larger pots and planters)
  • They can also be measured by the diameter across the top (usually displayed in either centimetres or inches)

This would help to choose the right plants for the right size pots, and would assist in buying the correct amount of soil.

Are Plastic Pots Bad For Plants?

Plastic will not harm any of your plants, and is a common material used in the construction of pots and planters. Plastic is a cheap material and is easy to shape. Being lightweight this also means they can be moved between gardens and greenhouses with ease.

A number of gardeners plant early seedlings in plastic pots and once they’ve started to grow and flourish they transplant them into different, sometimes more attractive pots.

What Plants Grow Well In Pots?

A wide variety of plants and vegetables are perfect for growing within pots and planters.





Basil Japanese Yew


Zucchini Lavender

Do Indoor Pots Need Drainage?

Household plants do not always need a drainage hole in the pot. If you have a pot that does not include a drainage hole it is highly recommended that you don’t over water your plants.

If you over water a plant without a drainage hole the water will gather towards the bottom of the pot and potentially will cause rot, bacteria and other root issues will which cause your plant to die. By watering sparingly this will give the water choice to filter through the soil and will prevent a mass build-up of water.

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