Looking at micro-gardening or gardening in a container? If you are confused about what kind of plant pots you should choose, you are not alone. There are varieties of designs, materials, styles and shapes available out there. Compare the different options you have in front of you before you finalize the plant container. Taking enough time to analyze and compare will help you save time, money and also save the environment.

Important points to keep in mind

  1. Cost – Financial cost is one of the main factors that affect the shopping. There are many pots available in the market to buy – from cheap to expensive and from simple to decorative.


  1. Sturdiness – The second thing that is important is the longevity of the plant pots. This you can decide after considering your requirement. Are you looking for pots for a short-term project? If so, maybe looks are not so important. If it is for decorative purpose, maybe going for durability would mean less consumption of resources.


  1. Consider the environmental impact –There are some planter materials which wash away our natural resources.  Some use fewer resources and have smaller environmental footprints. Manufacturing and transporting some plant pots need the significant use of fossil fuels. Even if you do not give much heed to this aspect, as a conscious customer, you should. Choose pots made from sustainable materials. You can also reuse pots or containers creatively to grow your plants.


  1. Time and energy – If you lack time, you will prefer buying a flower pot. If you have some time and you are ready to invest some energy putting in your creativity, you can use varieties of containers into practical planters. You can check out on relevant websites how to reuse containers as plant pots and get plenty of low costs creative and inspiring ideas.


  1. Pros and cons – After taking into account the other aspects, it becomes very important to consider the profits and drawbacks of using different materials, types, and designs of flower pots. So, before you go shopping, check out the advantages and disadvantages of some of the materials and types of containers.


  1. Any specific condition – Every person has one or more specific condition when buying a product. Normally there are three typical conditions for buying plant pots and they are – drainage, porosity, and weight.


  • Drainage – This is the first condition that a gardener looks into the pot before buying. Whichever pot you buy, make sure it has proper drainage holes in it. Healthy plants not only need water and room to grow, but also adequate oxygen for the roots. In fact, depending on the type of plant you are planning to grow, you can decide the material also.
  • Absorbency – Porous plant pots like those made of terra-cotta, clay, paper pulp, timber and other natural materials, let air to move through them. This air circulates around the roots of the plant and when the moisture evaporates from the soil, it cools the soil. It also helps draw an excess of water from the plants and prevent them from rotting. The bottom side of these containers dry out fast and so they need frequent watering.
  • Weight – Weight of the pot matters because most soils get heavy especially when they are watered. So, if you choose a heavy container, moving it around would be a herculean task for you. So, when you go buying the plant pots, consider the total weight which includes the weight of the pot, water, soil and the plant. This will be all the more important if you are gardening on deck or balcony. Also, you should consult the construction engineer whether the balcony is capable of handling the additional weight of the plant pots or not.


Another point to be taken into account is that if you like to continuously change the look of your garden or prefer moving your pots from here to there on regular basis, select containers made from lightweight materials only. However, you can also put them on castors before planting in them. On the other hand, if you need to place the plant pots in windy or exposed position, consider buying heavier pots and you can plant top heavy and tall plants in it for added advantage. You can also try some new positions for your existing plants.