Pots and planters

As your plant collection grows – in quantity and maturity, pots and planters become an increasingly expensive part of the hobby!

Friends often ask where I get plants pot from, and how to tell what kind of pot is right for your plants.

Here’s most of what you need to know about pots and planters…

Second hand plant pots

For the most part I buy most of my outer pots cheap and second hand – charity shops, car boot sales, Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace are your friend!

Don’t forget to give them a good scrub in warm water before giving your plants a new home in them. Rubbing alcohol is handy for getting rid of any sticky residues.

New plant pots

Elho‘s range of pots are light (good for hanging!) and cheap and cheerful.

Terracotta pots are cheap and cheerful, and especially good for succulents and other plants that like drying out between waterings – check the outdoor pot sections of garden centres for the classic orange coloured pots, but some places like B&Q and Capital Gardens in London also stock lovely grey coloured terracotta pots.

Self-watering pots

For self-watering pots, my experience of Lechuza pots has been good, though they are on the more expensive side. They’re ideal for plants that are thirsty (like supermarket-bought basil), that like moist soil (like ferns and calatheas), or plants you don’t want to water too often (like our wall mounted pothos).

Plastic inner pots

If you’re looking for plastic inner nursery pots, there are almost always local gardeners looking to offload them for free via FB Marketplace or Gumtree. Again, don’t forget to give them a good clean before use.

Baskets as plant decor

The current interior design trend for woven baskets is a handy solution for us plant parents, especially when dealing with bigger and more mature plants.

Unvariegated spider plant

You can disguise the plastic inner pot in a tasteful woven basket. HomeSense currently do a fab range of baskets – some with plastic linings and some without. For the latter, you can pick up a cheap plastic saucer from most garden centres, for watering.

The best bit about this, is that larger baskets can give you a lot of room for growth, so rather than having to buy bigger and bigger ceramic pots, you can just replant into a bigger plastic inner pot repeatedly, until you run out of space in the basket.

Happy pot shopping!

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