Choosing the Right Sized Flowerpot

by Amy Gordon
(last updated February 19, 2013)

Plants are a great thing to have around the house, but sometimes it is better to have mobile plants rather than a garden. When you want to be able to move your plants around, the basic and most common option is to use flowerpots. Flowerpots are good for a number of reasons. The obvious one is the one mentioned above: mobility. Another great benefit of flower pots is that you can better control the conditions that your plant is growing in, so even if the soil around your house is not perfect, you can make great conditions in the flowerpot.

Once you have decided to use flowerpots, one of the most important decisions is what size flowerpot you are going to use. The size depends largely on the location for your flowers. Remember that, in general, larger flowerpots look better than a bunch of little ones. If you have too many small plants, it will make your home look cluttered. Find a great location for your pots before you go out and buy them. Then you will know what color and shape of pot you want. Remember, you can always move the plants around if you do not like how it looks.

Another big factor in the size of your flowerpot is the type of plant that you are planning to grow in it. Some plants like to have close-knitted roots. If this is the case, you will want to put the plant in a small flowerpot so the roots will squish together. If, instead, your plant really wants to reach its roots out, you will want to get a larger flowerpot. Also, keep in mind that there are certain sizes that are designed for certain tasks. For example, if you want to have your plants hang off your balcony, pots exist that can do that.

As a final note, no matter what size flowerpot you end up getting, you will need to take care of your plants more in the pot than if they were in the ground. Since a flowerpot is an isolated environment, your plant will not be able to reach its roots down and grab water. You will have to provide all the water and nutrients that your plant needs.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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