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5 Considerations for Flowerpot Purchases

So you’re browsing the aisles of your local garden shop in an attempt to find a pot to grow flowers in. Your flowers are African violets and, as such, you need to find the best African violet pots.

The only problem is that there are so many pots to choose from – and each one is made of different materials, is a different shape or size, and, of course, has a different design. How do you choose?

Here are a few factors to consider when browsing for flowerpots.


If your plants are potted in pots that are too large for them, the soil takes less time to dry out. This means that your plants can be susceptible to root rot. When the plant it too big for its pot, the soil dries too quickly and, in addition, the entire pot is at risk for tipping over. The general rule of thumb is that you should pot your plant in a container that is 2-4 inches larger than the plant.

For slow growing plants, a pot of 1-2 inches larger might work okay.


In general, household plants don’t do well sitting in a puddle of water, so you need to make sure that your pots have adequate drainage at the bottom. If you cant find a drainage pot that you like the look of, opt to pot your plant in a suitable drainage po and then place both the plant and pot into a larger pot that looks pretty. This is known as double potting.


The most popular pots are made from clay or terra cotta, and plastic. Plastic pots tend to hold moisture better, while clay pots are ideal for drainage. Plastic is also better for hanging plants as it’s not heavy. Terra cotta pots are heavier, better for on-ground plants, and more expensive.


Aside from aesthetic purposes, color should play another important role in your decision. See, certain colors like black and navy attract heat, white colors like white and pastel colors don’t attract it as much.

Essentially, this means that if your plant has sensitive roots you should be mindful of which color of pot you put it in if you’re placing it outside because. This is because the sunlight will either absorb or deflect from your plant based on the color of the pot.

Of course, all pots will attract heat – we’re not trying to say that light colored pots won’t. All we’re saying is that lighter pots attract less heat than their darker counterparts.


As we mentioned briefly above, pots of different materials have different weights. When it comes to where you’re placing your plant, this factor can be crucial. For example, if you’re hanging your plant you’ll want a lightweight planter and if you’re placing your pot outside where there is a lot of strong wind, you might want one that is a bit heavier and more sturdy.

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