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How to Choose a Planter?

Plants are a beautiful addition to any room and can bring a crisp, lively feel to an otherwise stale environment. When shopping for the perfect planter, there are several factors that require careful consideration.

First of all, you’ll need to understand the different materials that planters are made of, as well as some of the pros and cons of each. Another important factor to consider when choosing the best planter for your needs is the size – your plants will need to fit comfortably; not too snug and not too loosely. Finally, you will need to consider drainage holes: why they are useful, what to do if your perfect planter doesn’t have one, and consequences when using planters that are not equipped with drainage holes.

Choose a planter that is similar in size to your plant. This tip is simple enough; however, it is critical. Plants love a little bit of space to spread out but if you provide too much space, plants may end up sitting in water for an extended period of time. This is likely to affect the overall health of your plant. On the other hand, a planter that is too small will constrict your plant, preventing the appropriate absorption of water for optimal growth.

Know your plant’s root size. Plants that have large roots require deeper planters, while plants with small roots can easily thrive in a shallow planter. Large houseplants that have a lot of foliage, for instance, will have a heftier and more complex root system that requires depth.

You may be working with a plant that has outgrown its current planter. Although it may be tempting to make a jump from a small to a large planter, thinking of extended growth, your best option is to size up incrementally. Plants need time and just enough space to flourish and if you go too big too soon, you will likely find yourself over watering and consequently suffocating it, potentially leading to root rot.

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