Ideas for Potting Plants

Potting plants allows gardeners to bring flowers and foliage directly into the indoor and outdoor living space. Plants act as a soothing decorative addition to the home. Pot selection requires practical considerations as well as the primary concern of matching the decor. Literally any container can serve as a plant pot provided adequate drainage holes exist in the bottom of the pot.

Plastic and Ceramic Containers

If you've got the itch to add a container garden, visit the garden center to purchase a plastic or clay pot. These preformed containers come in a wide range of sizes to suit any type of container garden. Most garden centers offer decorative pots as well as plain varieties. The choice is based on the gardener's preference. Consider which plants you plan to place in the pot. Remember to consider the flower colors of various plants to match with the pot's design. Select one to two colors from the decoration on the outside of the pot. Too many colors create a chaotic container garden that isn't pleasing to the eye.

Double Potting

Some gardeners choose to double pot plants as a method of ensuring proper watering. Double potting uses a plastic bowl-like liner inside a larger pot. The liner has drainage holes and the plants reside inside the plastic liner. Double potting allows gardeners to water a plant and then lift up the liner to let water run freely into the larger pot. The gardener then dumps the excess water and resets the plant. This method eliminates the chance of overwatering. If you've got a beautiful pot that has no drainage holes, double potting allows you to grow plants in the otherwise unusable pot.

Large Planters

Gardeners strive to find interesting pots for planting indoor and outdoor plants. Two key ingredients make up the perfect pot. The pot must have enough room to house a plant's root system, and it must have drainage holes. Large pots can use a tremendous amount of potting soil. Take up some of the excess space in the pot using gravel, clay potsherds, or upside-down plastic transplant containers. This provides a drainage field in the bottom of the large pot to eliminate wasteful use of potting soil.

Eliminating Soil Loss

Continual watering of a potted plant flushes water through the soil. This often results in a stained area under the planter from soil loss. Before initial planting, tuck a clean coffee filter, a piece of gravel or small potsherd over the drainage hole. Shield the drainage hole instead of completely block it off. The obstruction allows water to flow freely out the drainage holes without washing out the soil.

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S.F. Heron is an avid gardener with three years of experience in online writing and a working background in aviation and earth and ocean sciences. She is published on various sites, including Helium, eHow and Xomba. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.