How to Choose the Best Plant Pots for your Plants

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The right pot for your plant is the most crucial part of getting started. If you do not get the pot you are supposed to, a lot of things could be impaired such as plant growth, the life of the plant, and so much more. There is no one-size fits all for plants due to many differing factors of plants.

The right pot is the one that is specifically perfect for the plant you have. You need to consider the shape, the size, and the features of the plant pots to make sure that you get the one that's right for it.

The three main categories of plant pots available out there are:

Some of these plant pots are moreso used for replanting, and some are mainly used for planting. But you should not worry, as we will guide you across everything about how to choose the best indoor plant pots.

Terracotta Plant Pots

The terracotta or clay plant pots are one of the favourites of almost every gardener and can be easily identified by their standard orange/brown colour. They come in standard shapes and sizes and can be easily found everywhere.

Reasons to use Terracotta plant pots:

  • For succulents, they are perfect because they allow the soil to dry quickly
  • Very inexpensive
  • Will change color based on the current moisture level

Reasons not to use:

  • Not good for plants that require more water (because they dry quickly)
  • Weak plant pots that could easily break upon dropping or in cold temperatures

When do you use Plastic Plant Pots?

If you thought terracotta pots were cheap, plastic pots are even cheaper. If you do select plastic for your indoor plant pots, make sure to have drainage holes in the bottom because plastic doesn’t let any of the water leave the soil which can lead to root rot.

Reasons to buy

  • Cheapest option for plant pots - you can get heaps for propagating plants
  • Light weight and easy to almost unbreakable
  • Comes in every shape, color, size, design
  • Washable and reusable

Reasons not to buy

  • Slow drainers
  • Might not look as nice as other pots

When do you use Ceramic Plant Pots?

Ceramic plant pots are expensive, but for all the right reasons. They tend to look the best and come with the best designs, especially if they have been hand-painted with great skill.

Reasons to buy

  • Great for plants that enjoy wet soil
  • Beautiful indoor plant pots
  • Heavyweight and stable

Reasons not to buy

  • Harder to carry due to heavy weight
  • More expensive compared to other options


All in all, now you know which would be the best choice for you since every plant varies, and so does every category of plant pots. In most cases, terracotta or plastic are preferred because they are inexpensive compared to ceramic, and they are both specialists in their categories. However, if money is not a problem and you don't mind the weight, ceramic pots might be the best choice for you - they are after all, much more aesthetic looking! Placing them on a plant stand makes them even better too.

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