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aWhen it comes to choosing the correct pot for your houseplant, there are a couple of basic things to consider. The container should be large enough to hold the plant, taking into account some growth. Otherwise, the plant can suffer from a restriction in its size. It may need repotting into a larger container at a later date. Whatever pot you choose, it must also accommodate the need for watering.

The aesthetics, however, is entirely down to personal taste and budget. It’s a good idea to make sure the style and colour of the pot will not only suit the room but also suit the plant.

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Freestyle Pots

With the resurgence of the houseplant’s popularity, designers and homeware shops are offering an increased range of pots to choose from, but home-made options are unique and could cost you a lot less. Try jazzing up a basic bowl by painting it with blackboard paint, which you could then decorate with chalk, or by wrapping it in a piece of fabric or strip of silver birch bark.

Alternatively, think “outside the pot” and use containers that might not be a conventional plant pot. You could, for example, try one of the following:

Recycled kitchen tins and cans

Old stereo speakers

Disused chairs with the upholstery taken out of the seat

Unwanted shoes; think wellies or even stilettos!

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Watering and Drainage

There are two options for potting a houseplant; either the plant goes directly into a closed pot, the container that will be on display, or it is kept in a plastic pot with drainage holes, that is then disguised by a more attractive outer pot (which is usually watertight).

For smooth, mess-free watering, the latter option is best, and there is less risk of over-watering, provided excess water is not allowed to pool in the base of the outer pot. Closed pots have no drainage holes and need more careful watering to ensure the compost does not become too saturated.

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How to Clean Pots

Plastic pots can simply be scrubbed using a cloth soaked in warm, soapy water. All traces of soil and grime should be rinsed away. If necessary, they can be added to a gentle bleach solution, to completely sterilise them, which may be a good idea to remove all bacteria if you intend to grow seedlings in them. Bacteria in leftover soil can, unfortunately, cause the seedlings to topple over. Clay pots can be cleaned using steel wool and diluted vinegar for the best results. This is particularly effective for removing any lingering traces of salt.

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Orchid Pots

Many garden centres and retailers sell orchid pots; colourful, attractive outer pots that can hold an orchid (usually Phalaenopsis) in a clear plastic pot. The roots of orchids, as well as the leaves, contain chlorophyll and will grow up towards the light to get the required nutrients. This can look messy, depending on your point of view, and can make the plant unstable in the pot. A clear container allows light to get into the pot, so the roots don’t have to climb out in search of sun.

It is ideal, though not necessary, to keep an orchid in a clear glass or plastic pot with drainage holes, as this will mean most of the roots will stay inside the container. It’s also useful for checking how moist the soil is inside the pot.

Luxury Phalaenopsis: Pack of Three Moth Orchids with Gold Pots

Commonly known as the Moth Orchid, Phalaenopsis is one of the most popular indoor Orchids available. Large, showy blooms rise above the leathery foliage on slender, black stems. The flowers are irresistibly luxurious, bringing instant elegance to your home and lasting up to several months. These stylish houseplants can bloom at any time throughout the year, and with the right care, will flower for many years to come. While in flower, Phalaenopsis Orchids require a sunny position with a night-time temperature of 16-19C (61-66F) and day temperatures between 19-30C (66-86F). Choose a brightly lit location away from draughts and radiators, avoiding the direct glare of the sun.

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Monkey Puzzle Tree

For those of you who have space for a larger indoor plant, which comes supplied with an attractive pot, why not consider a Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria heterophylla)? As an added bonus, it can be used as an alternative to a Christmas tree! It really is a beautiful tree, having tiers of fan-shaped branches and is easy to care for, not requiring any pruning. It is best kept indoors over winter, as although it can tolerate low temperatures, it would not survive being frozen. The Monkey Puzzle Tree is slow-growing, and its new growth in spring is a vibrant green, which darkens in the autumn. It prefers bright light and should be kept near a window, or it could lose its needles.

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Senecio ‘String of Pearls’ (House Plant)

Here is a fascinating idea; an indoor hanging basket which can also be positioned on a high shelf for maximum effect. This exotic houseplant spills over the side of its pot with long trailing stems, of round beaded foliage – hence its name of “string of pearls”. You will be pleased to learn that they are easy to care for, with their only requirements being plenty of light and occasional watering. They are not keen on drafts, so keep them away from an open window. As an added bonus, they are said to help purify the air in your home. A single plant may look a little spindly, and they look at their best when clumped together.

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24 thoughts on “House Plant Pots”

  1. Thank you for your article. It was a very interesting read. I absolutely LOVE indoor plants! I utilize pots for decoration. I like bright colored pots in the summer and spring and more neutral colored pots for the fall and winter. In addition, in the winter I always try to do something to decorate my plants… whether it be a few decorative balls or just some red bows. I think plants REALLY are beneficial and can easily turn a house into a home!

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    • Hi – thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on my article. That’s a great idea to switch the pots around depending on the season! All the best, Diane

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  2. Nice and very well looking article about choosing the right pot. I like most about customizable pots or think “out of the pot” cause my plants growing has mostly been growing some specific plants for industrial use and I have usually done my pots or “pots” in my hydroponics systems myself and most of the time those don’t even look as pots at all. It may be huge coconut fiber tube inside of the big box and I call it a pot, whatever it looks like. But in terms of growing plants for visual needs and growing some nice looking plants in the home, I definitely would say, good looking pot makes it look way better.

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  3. Wow, this is a very well done post i must confess and it is pin point. I always tell my mum. Adding a beautiful colourful pot will make the plants more attractive but she never listens to me. She prefers using the old pops from world war1 lol. I love this orchid pots you have picked out here. Infact they all look nice but some pots are obviously means for some plants. Thank you for educating me.

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    • Hi – I am pleased you enjoyed my article. Perhaps you could buy your mum some new pots to help change her mind! All the best, Diane

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  4. Amazing and helpful post I must commend. I just moved into a new apartment and I have been sourcing for nice and cool flowers and flower pots to make use of but I have been confused on which one to get that won’t just suite my style at home but would also serve its purpose along line…i think the string of pairs would do because it is easy to care for, with their only requirements being plenty of light and occasional watering,it is something I can handle.

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    • Hi – thanks for the comments on my article. I hope you are settling into your new apartment. The addition of a few plants in nice pots will really make it feel like home. All the best, Diane

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  5. I found your advice on selecting the right pot for your house plant very illuminating. I had no idea that wellies and loudspeakers could be used as pots! Personally I like concerting shallow vases to pots for plants. The only problem is there is no drainage. Hence watering will require more discipline. It will need watering often using less water to prevent accumulation at the bottom.

    The pots that I really like are ones that look like molded and glazed earthenware posts but are in fact hollow plastic pots created to look like earthenware. 

    Thanks for a thought provoking article on pots for houseplants.

    Edwin

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    • Hi Edwin – thank you for your thoughtful comments. I am pleased you enjoyed my article, and I wish you every success with your indoor plants. All the best, Diane

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  6. Thanks for such an amazing article about choosing the right pot for our plants.

    I like colored pots for plants and I would like to change them for this time of the year. We have some plants on the hall of the apartment. Because many carolers will come to us at home, we want to impress them.

    If you don’t mind, what pots do you recommend for this Christmas holidays? I want to say that we have 2 ficus plants, 1 orchid and 2 phoenix palm. Thanks again and keep in touch! 

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    • Hi – thank you for visiting my site, and reading my article. How lovely that you want to impress your carol singers! Brightly coloured pots make a great impression at this time of year, especially red and green. An Amaryllis plant would make a welcome gift. All the best, Diane

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  7. Hi there

    Thanks so much for the article about the correct pots.  I found the section on orchids especially interesting, as I grow quite a few.  I had no idea their roots also produced chlorophyll.  My orchids are in plastic pots with good drainage, which are then inside non draining pots which are slightly translucent.  I find my orchids are quite happy with the bottom of their roots almost permanently hanging in the water, but I do dry them out for a few days every two weeks.

    Do you have a preference between clay and plastic pots?  I always feel the clay is more natural, and so should imitate the ambient temperature and allow for breathing.  Not sure if this is based in fact however.

    Thanks again for all the info.

    Have a great day

    Sam

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    • Hi Sam – thank you for visiting my site and leaving a thoughtful comment. It sounds as though you are quite successful with your orchids. As regards indoor plants, I prefer plastic pots, as I see them as part of the decor, and there is an endless variety to match every them. All the best, Diane 

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  8. Hi! I have space in my house for a big indoor plant. And I really like Monkey Puzzle tree. The first time I saw it, I also thought it could be used as a Christmas tree. And after some time I saw it decorated as a Christmas tree and it was really pretty.

    I would like a luxurious pot for my Monkey Puzzle tree. They make a huge difference.

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    • Hi – thank you for visiting and reading my article. Choosing the right pot for your Monkey Puzzle tree would make it look even prettier, especially at Christmas. All the best, Diane

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  9. Hi I found your article very useful and informative. 

    I love gardening and I like decorative pots .I am interested in indoor plants   and aloe Vera plant is one of my favourite. It has got air clearing abilities. Choosing the right size pot and colour is very important.

    Thanks for instructions on how to clean pots , watering  and drainage and your suggested orchid pots etc.

    I have learnt a lot from your post  

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    • Hi – thank you for leaving a comment on my article. I am pleased you found it useful, and I wish you every success with your indoor plants. All the best, Diane

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  10. Your post is helpful for everyone to choose the right pots for their house plants. I am planing to have some plants in my house. I will buy Luxury Phalaenopsis: Pack of Three Moth Orchids with Gold Pots in Assorted Colours. It looks very beautiful and the price is affordable. what you think about three moth orchids with gold pots?

    I never think earlier how easy it is to buy pots online for our plants. Your post is awesome.

    Thank you
    Parveen

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    • Hi Parveen – thank you for reading my article and leaving a comment. I hope you are pleased with your purchase of the orchids in gold pots, they are very attractive. All the best, Diane

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  11. thanks for your very interesting article I know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i love indoor plants and I make sure they go with a very distinctive pot with bright colours….I usually change my flower pots during summer and spring.thanks once more for this nice ideas I would utilise them

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    • Hi – thank you for visiting my website and leaving comments. I am pleased you found it interesting, and I hope you use some of my ideas. All the best, Diane 

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  12. Hello Diane!

    A nice palette of pots to choose from! To me, the most beautiful pieces from the list are the Luxury Phalaenopsis (nofty looks) and that yellow-to-green pot on the chair (I’m not sure whether it is for Phalaenopsis orchids too, or not).

    Another one that pleasantly attracts our attention is the very first picture, that one with the snowdrops. Flower lovers (beautiful rhyme) will be delighted to select one or more pots from the models you proposed.

    Kind regards, Peter

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    • Hi Peter – thanks for reading my article and leaving comments. I am pleased you enjoyed it and I hope you found some inspiration when choosing the right pot for your indoor plants. All the best, Diane

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