Choosing the Best Pots for your Plants

Are you looking for the best pots for your plants? Don't worry. In this article, you'll find different types and a few tips to help you choose the best ones.
Choosing the Best Pots for your Plants

Last update: 10 May, 2020

Here are a few tips to help you choose the best pots for your plants. Whether you have indoor or outdoor plants, there are many to choose from that are versatile and decorative.

There are also several materials to choose from and the right one can extend the life of your plants.

Choosing the best containers for your plants is not down to just size, shape, or color. Take into account what your plant needs and if you’ll keep it inside or outside.

Clay pots are a great option for indoor and outdoor pot plants.

Choosing natural materials for the best pots for your plants


Its porosity makes it perfect to air the roots of your plants. Clay pots are great to use in gardens and not so much indoors. Clay absorbs a lot of water, so you’ll need to water your plants often.


This maintains moisture better than other materials. Ceramic pots look beautiful but are heavier than others.

Don’t use them outside, unless it’s a small pot. Ceramic pots can break easily when they’re kept outdoors in high temperatures.

Stone and granite

Stone or granite pots can hold moisture better than other materials because they’re not porous. These pots are very resistant to elements. The downside is that they’re heavy. Keep them outside and use them for big plants.


You can paint wooden pots or flower pots depending on what you need or where you put them. If you don’t want to paint them, varnish or treat the wood with a waterproofing product.

Wood can stand cold weather, it keeps moisture and it resists sunlight better when treated.

Natural fibers

The best materials for your pot are wicker, cane, bamboo, rope, or raffia. Pots made with natural fibers are not as resistant as pots made with other materials.

Fibers can suffer from water damage, even when the containers are lined with plastic. They’re mostly used to cover other pots.

Concrete pots with cacti.

Other materials for the best pots for your plants

Synthetic fibers

Containers made of plastic, resin, and fiberglass have some advantages.

Besides the many models and designs available, these materials are light and can hold water. These features improve the soil you use for your plant.

Another good thing is that they resist cold and hot temperatures well. However, don’t place them outside in a lot of sunlight, because they can discolor and break easily.


You can recycle cans or use new metal containers made of galvanized iron or anodized aluminum. These synthetic materials don’t get rusty, are resistant to the cold, and work well with most plants.

You can also use zinc and cast iron. The latter is used to make big garden pots because they’re resistant and can keep the soil damp. Copper is another great material for pots.


A fragile material, glass containers are good for plants that need to keep their roots moist. It’s great for indoor plants and small plants, like cacti or orchids.

Alternative materials to choose the best pot.

Other plant pot options

Hanging pots are beautiful. You can use wicker baskets or wooden or copper containers.

Have you made up your mind? Hopefully, this article has helped you choose the best container for your plants.