Pots for indoor plants affect the 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, first of all let's see what the flowerpot is different from flowerpots. After all, some novice growers do not know that these containers perform different functions.
The word "pots" in French means "hidden pot." That is, it is a decorative vessel (without a tray and holes), which only covers the unsightly flower containers. A pot is designed 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 pan. It is about this capacity will be discussed in our article.
We select the size of the flower pot
Height and diameter of the tank - the main criteria when choosing a flower pot. Remember: the larger the plant's root system, the larger the pot he needs.
When transplanting an adult plant, choose a larger pot than the previous container - mentally add about 3-4 cm to the diameter of the old one. 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 the individual preferences of plants. Do not buy too large pot (for growth), since most home flowers do not like spacious containers. And, for example, anthurium, spathiphyllum and aglaonema feel good only in crampedness.
Forms of flower pots
Since the shape of the root system of plants is individual, a certain capacity must be selected for it. So, a tall and narrow pot is designed for flowers with a long root extending deep into the ground. Cacti, palms, and some citrus crops need such containers. A wide and shallow pot is suitable for plants with a fibrous root system, located near the soil surface. Such capacity is preferred by geranium, begonia, chrysanthemum.
If you can not choose the desired form of a flower pot, stop on the universal version, which is suitable for most plants. This container has the same height and diameter.
What materials make flower pots
Currently, plant pots are made from almost any reasonably strong material. In stores, you can most often find floral containers made of glass, ceramics, plastics and metal. Each of the materials has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Ceramic (clay) flower pot
It is an ideal container for any plants. In such a container flowers were grown in ancient Egypt. Today, thanks to the various options for processing clay, you can easily find a beautiful ceramic container of any shape and color. In addition, among the advantages of a clay pot is good stability and optimal weight, as well as the possibility of evaporation of excess moisture and ensuring the oxygen supply to the roots of the plant due to the porous structure of the clay.
Clay pots have only two minuses: fragility and high price. Therefore, if small children and pets often play pranks in your house, it is better not to grow flowers in ceramic pots that the clever mischievous can reach.
Plastic flower pot
Currently, most gardeners prefer plastic containers. They are of various sizes and colors, very practical in care, do not break, even if they fall from a height, and are several times cheaper than ceramic flower pots.
However, this popular packaging is also not without flaws. Plastic is pretty light, so this pot is unstable. A small flower standing on the window sill may roll over when the curtain is pulled back. On top of that, the plastic "does not breathe", so the plants may develop root rot.
Glass flower pot
Glass containers are less popular because they, like plastic, do not allow air to pass through, and are still easily beaten. Nevertheless, these pots look very impressive and are ideal for plants whose roots need light (for example, orchids).
Metal capacity for flowers
A metal flowerpot is considered an exotic option. It is very decorative and durable, but at the same time it has a large number of drawbacks: it does not let air in, retains water, is susceptible to corrosion and is expensive.
Silicone Flower Pot
Unusual and yet unpopular silicone containers are good because their edges can be bent and thus reduce the height of the container. This is ideal for flowers that do not tolerate the transplant and grow mainly in height.
The silicone flower pot was invented by the Italian designer Emanuele Pitstsolorusso. Once in the park of the city of Helsinki, he watched the workers who cleaned up the garbage in large plastic bags with folded edges. As the bag was filled, it was gradually unfolded. So the idea was born to design the original pot, which "grows" with the flower.
Silicone, from which these pots are made, is quite dense, so the container holds its shape perfectly and is not deformed. Unfortunately, it is badly breathable, and not every store sells it.
Flower pots from improvised means
Pots made by hand at home, no less attractive. Tanks from plaster and concrete perfectly decorate the terrace. Light pots that are woven from a rod or brushwood are ideal for the ampelous plants located at the entrance to the house.
Such containers look very original. They can be made of any materials, the main thing is to show imagination.
We select flower pots for the interior
Capacities in which flowers grow, should correspond to style of the room and successfully fit into interior design. Thus, bright pots with a variety of patterns will be appropriate in the children's room, and in the living room, made in the Baroque or minimalist style, will look ridiculous.
If you do not want to give up saturated colors, combine pots in color 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 desirable to use flower pots of the same color and texture.
We hope that now you can easily find a suitable home for your green pets and determine which plant will best suit your pot. And if you have any questions, feel free to ask them on our forum. Experienced growers will give good advice!