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Choose A Garden Plant Pot

Updated on December 29, 2010

Garden Plant Pots: What To Consider

When choosing a garden plant pot for your plant there are a few things to take into consideration.

You also want to use you common sense, which believe me or not isn't that common and make sure our garden plant pot has the proper requirements such as drainage holes. ;) To keep your plants healthy and happy and growing like weeds you need the right pot, read on to read up on some different kinds of pots for your plants!

What To Look For

So often people leave choosing a a plant to the last step, while it's not needed to know exactly what plant you getting you do want to have a general idea before buying a garden plant pot. Not all plants can live in the same conditions... so you do want to know the "type" of plant you are wanting. Here are some questions to help you:

  1. What are the water requirments for the plant? Can it survive in dry conditions?
  2. How big your plant be at full size? You want to make sure your pot has enough room to let you plant grow quite a bit before "re-potting" it into another garden plant pot.

Now that you know the size and such of you pot you want to continue asking your self questions like:

  1. How much sun will the garden plant pot be exposed to? Is it a direct sun plant or a shade dweller?
  2. Does you pot have a saucer, (a drip tray) to hold water that's run through? Especially in sun loving plants a drip tray can hold water that's run through and allow the plant to soak up the water it needs later.
  3. Are you leaving you plant outside during the winter? If you are in warmer places this may not matter as much but for places that get cold, snow even! You will want to make sure you have a water and frost bite proof garden plant pot.

Also you need to think about things like how often you might need to move your garden plant pot... if you may need to move it a lot or are moving it around for the winter, moving from shade to sun, any of the conditions you can think of you will want to think twice about getting a fragile or "Crumbly" pot.. and pot that easily breaks, crumbles, or shatters... is hard to move, any of the above should not be considered as a choice for this life style of moving... you will also want to watch your weight! No, not yours.. the plants! Remember that not only does the dirt add a lot weight but the pot does too so look out for this!

Ending Notes

Basics to remember when choosing a Garden plant pot:

  • Plastic pots don't do well in direct sun
  • Ceramic pots are normally heavy to move
  • Terracotta pots don't do well with excessive amounts of water and crumble easily
  • Metal pots can rust with too much water
Remember these basics along with thinking about what I said earlier and you'll do just fine, choosing the right pot just takes a little thought a knowledge about you plant. Take the time you need to get it right the first time and your golden! :)


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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks GiftedGrandma!

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      GiftedGrandma 8 years ago from USA

      This is great..

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks dohn121! Wisdom huh? Just homeschooled, I love to learn and try new things that's all! ^_^ You should try! I can grow a plant and the last time I checked.. (looks down) nope, no green thumb here! Good luck! ^_~

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      dohn121 8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Gosh Cam. Why are you blessed with so much wisdom??? I'd kill a cactus if I owned one. I just might try your advice and roll with it. I need a plant to nourish (he says,hopefully).

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Thanks Bob! I will!

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      Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

      Good tips. Keep it up.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      :D

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      It's awesome K@ri! Thanks! :)

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      So, you saw yourself? It is cool, if you ask me. I've been there a few times. You are the only one I shared how with! LOL! It is nice isn't it?

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      K@ri, really? Thanks I was worried because I just wrote it up quick. Thanks for stoping by.. and for the tip to see me on the front page, so cool! :)

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      I am quite impressed with this hub! Great job!