Even people who don’t have green thumbs realize that growing beautiful flowers begins with the use of flower pots. Pots come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials. Choosing the best one is a combination of personal preference and the type of flower you are growing.
Large flowers such as sunflowers grow to exceedingly large sizes and require ample space for their roots to flourish. Smaller flowers such as daisies can be grown in far smaller pots. Potted flowers have an advantage over ones grown in the ground in that their growing conditions can be strictly controlled. Fertilizer, water and soil content can be monitored to provide the best growing conditions for the plant. Also, every flower has different needs which can be provided by growing species in separate pots.
The Basics of Flower Potting
Flower potting is growing increasingly popular especially with people who have limited space available. Flowers in pots effectively have their own ecosystem in a small contained environment. Pots can be placed on a small porch or patio without being obtrusive. Apartment dwellers can make use of pots to grow their own gardens with ease. When the ground space gets filled up, gardeners take advantage of special hanging pots which attach to any ceiling or beam. Hanging pots not only look great, but they also keep the plant off the ground away from bugs, chemicals, and high traffic areas. It is important to understand the wide variety of pots available to gardeners and what the benefits of each are. We will talk about a few of these in this guide.
As discussed above, there are several distinct advantages to growing flowers in a hanging pot. Plants grown in ground soil are subject to various hazards which inhibit growth. Some of these include animal waste, cleaning chemicals, human and animal trafficking, poor soil conditions, compacted soil and dry ground.
Flower pots of the hanging variety are extremely flexible in where they can be placed. As the sun soars through the sky every day, the light angles change position. Moving the pot between hooks throughout the day can ensure full sunlight exposure at all times. These flower pots are easy to install with a simple cup hook. You just need a wood beam or patio awning to place the hook.
Watering is done just like a regular pot. You may find it easier to use a watering can instead of the hose which you have to lift up to the pot. Multi tiered hanging pots are available which allow users to plant more than one flower in the same pot. Hanging flower baskets are an offshoot of this potting style that often uses a thatched basket with a plastic pot inside.
For gardeners looking for an extremely durable and long lasting pot, consider going with stainless steel. These pots exhibit a brilliant reflective sheen and are a welcome addition to any garden. Flowers feel right at home in the durable rust proof stainless steel material. These pots are usually accented with style bands during the press stage of manufacturing.
Some models feature detachable bases that keep water in while allowing for drainage in case of over watering. Pots made out of ceramic materials can be prone to chipping or cracking. Setting down the ceramic pot too hard or dropping a tool can result in an unfortunate crack. Stainless steel has the durability to last practically a lifetime if used in an intended manner.
Steel pots often come in sets of several sizes. The smaller pots can be used indoors to start seedlings. Flowers can be grown in a small pot and placed near a window for light. The cleanliness of stainless steel allows these pots to be used indoors without spreading germs or bugs.
Ceramic Flower Pot
Ceramics have been used since the beginning of civilization and are a true classic. You can find ceramics in many forms, with the most popular being terra cotta. Ceramic flower pots have a quaint charm that fits in with any home garden.
Because they are made from sand and clay, they have a natural resistance to the elements. Terra cotta flower pots hold water quite well, especially when coated with an exterior lacquer. Decorative designs are often hand-painted on the outside by skilled craftsmen and then fired on to produce a waterproof glaze. They come in several shapes including square, round, short, tall, and everything in between.
They are made by compacting clay into a press and then heated to a high temperature until the molecules fuse. Keep in mind that these pots can break from tools and poor handling and should be used with care. Using special metal racks you can hang these pots up off the ground if you so desire. Plastic flower pots are an excellent alternative to ceramics if greater durability is needed.
- Gardeners having trouble keeping their grass green should take a look at our guide on using the right fertilizer.
- To keep your plants off the ground for easy access, outdoor plant stands are the tool of choice.
- Plants grown in pots need to be watered delicately. Use a plastic watering can to give them the gentle watering they need.