Believe it or not, there is a little more to potting plants than just picking out a container, and putting your plant into it. If you would like to get the most out of your potted plants, then you should also pick your pots to be a bit more aesthetically pleasing. Aesthetic potting is something that anyone can and should do, in order to get the most impact possible from your potted plants.
- Size. When it comes to potting plants, size really does matter. On average regardless of the type of plant that you are planting, you will need to choose a container that will be roughly 1/3 the height of the mature plant. This general rule of thumb will allow you to create a nice base for your potted plant. In effect this will allow you to have a foundation for the work of art that you are planning on create.
- Maintenance. Unless you will be hiring a professional gardener, you need to keep in mind that you will be the one that is taking care of your potted plant. Choose something that will promote an easier job when it comes to maintaining your plant. The materials that a pot is made from can greatly effect the overall maintenance of your plant. An example of this is the terra cotta pot. Terra cotta pots tend to draw the moisture out of the soil quicker than other pots. This results in an increase in your watering schedule, as well as additional cleanup after watering.
- Choose to enhance. Remember that your pots do not need to always be round. Choose a pot that will enhance the overall look of your plant. For example, if you are going to be planting plants that are long and slender (such as bamboo grasses) go for a pot that will provide a "chimney" look allowing the bamboo plants to provide the appearance of wispy smoke. Basically choose something that will enhance the natural beauty of the plants you are choosing. Another great way to enhance the looks of your potted plants is through the use of planting several styles of plants together in the same container. If you have a single tall plant, try planting some ground covering in the container as well. Not only will this be a creative use of space, it can actually help promote the growth of the plants inside the containers in much the same way that mulch works.
- Know the needs of your plants. Probably the single most important aspect of choosing a pot will be to know the needs of your plants. Make sure that you know what your plants will need, and choose accordingly. For example, small conifers (such as bonsai trees) will not have the same requirements that roses, ivies, and petunias have. Conduct the proper research for your chosen plant, and then choose a style of pot that will help you fulfill the needs of those plants.