Pots are like little “homes” for your plants. As such, they need to be functional, comfortable, and possibly even beautiful. But above all, they need to be healthy. While most plants will grow better in full soil, you may have pots and containers indoors, on your terrace, patio and even in your garden. So, how can make sure they have a safe place where they can grow happy and in health?
What Is the Difference between a Planter and a Pot?
People may use these two words without distinction and, in effect, the difference is thin. By pot, we usually mean a fairly small indoor container. It does not mean that you must use it only indoors, however; a pot on a balcony remains a pot.
A planter, on the other hand, is a large outdoor container for plants. So, for example, if you walk along a street and you see a big raised bed (often square but not necessarily so) with one or more plants in it, well, that’s for sure a planter, to give you an idea.
There are deep pots and shallow pots, decorative pots and plain pots, round pots, square pots and even triangular pots. But the key difference between pots is the material they are made of. You will, in the end, choose the size and shape according to your plant and to what visual effect you have in mind.
And the two main materials used nowadays are terracottaand plastic.There are others, of course, even a Wellington boot or an old saucepan can be turned into a pot, but these are the most common and popular.
So, what is the difference between them?
Terracotta pots are the most classical pots of all. They have some major advantages, and they were once the most popular of all:
But they do have some disadvantages:
Plastic pots are nowadays the most common ones. Just go to a garden center and you’ll see it with your own eyes. They too have some advantages:
And, of course, some disadvantages:
On the whole, the choice is financial and logistical; if you need a pot for a short time, maybe it is just more convenient to use a plastic one, for example. But I terms of plant health…
Terracotta pots are better for plants that like dry soil and can withstand drought; this is because of course, when perspiring, the soil looses moisture.
Terracotta pots are also better for plants that cannot stand wet soil; because a terracotta pot has pores that allow for evaporation.
But… as we said, terracotta pots tend to grow molds, so, how can we go about it?
First of all, prevent mold from forming:
Then, if things go wrong, or if they have gone wrong already…
It’s not hard, as you can see. Nor is it expensive. You just need to know what to do.
So, as you can see, choose a pot your plant can call home, then just keep an eye on it, especially if it is terracotta, and, in case, just follow these few easy steps and your plants will thank you with their beauty, lush leaves, flowers and their warm presence!