With endless plant containers to choose from, how do you pick what’s best for you? This becomes especially important when you’re investing in a large, expensive ceramic planter for your garden. There are a few important things to consider: the type of plant you want to grow inside, the location of the planter, the amount of watering you want to do, the weather conditions in your area, and much more. Here are our best tips for anyone shopping for ceramic planters!
Consider the Plants
What types of plants do you like? Do you already have a plan for what you’ll be planting in containers this season? Your chosen type of plants will influence the size and shape of ceramic pot you’ll want. If you’re planting a Meyer lemon tree or a hibiscus, you will want a large pot that allows the trees’ roots to grow fairly deep. If you’re planting a bonsai or succulents, you’ll probably want a shallow pot that’s wider than it is tall. If you want sweet potato vines or another vining plant, it will look great in a tall planter that lets it trail down to the ground.
Consider the Surroundings
Where are you putting your new ceramic pot? Out in the garden? In front of your house? On the deck or patio? In a sunroom or foyer? Visualize the location in your mind and think about what would look best. If you need a pop of color in that area, choose a colorful planter. Or pick something to coordinate with the materials used to build your home.
Think About Watering
Realistically speaking, how often do you water your plants? Do you have someone who regularly maintains all the plants, or are you good at remembering to water every day? If not, you’ll probably want a large pot with a reservoir or drip tray so that the plant can soak up the extra water when needed. Some plants can survive being watered infrequently, but others need a near-constant supply of moisture.
Where Do You Live?
Do you live in sunny Florida? Snowy Minnesota? Somewhere in between? Your area of residence can help you narrow down the type of planter you should get. In areas with very cold winters, ceramic planters will need to be stored indoors during the cold season. Why is this? Despite their glaze, ceramic pots may have small chips or cracks that allow moisture from rain or snow to get inside the ceramic material. When that moisture freezes, the chips or cracks will expand. Your lovely ceramic pot could fall to pieces, becoming unusable.
And, Consider the Weight of Ceramic Planters
Will you need to move this planter pot? (For instance, if you live in a cold area or you like to rearrange your patio.) Consider not only the weight of a large planter (you can usually find the weight in the online product description), but also think about how much heavier it’ll be when filled with potting soil. Not to mention how much heavier it’ll get when you’ve watered the plants recently! If a pot is going to be moved frequently, ceramic planters might be too heavy, and you might want to consider plastic planters instead.