How to Plant Arabesque Pottery Plant Containers


Arabesque and other decorative pottery can add a little extra "pop" to your potted plants. Many gardeners choose an arabesque design that complements the foliage of their favorite potted plant. These containers lend themselves especially well to cascading or full plants as a pop of color behind trailing, full foliage. However, since most pottery pieces do not come equipped with drainage holes in their bottoms, you will have to plant your plant in a plastic planter that fits inside the pottery container to give it the drainage it needs to survive.

Step 1

Line the bottom of the plastic container with 1/2 to 1 inch of peat moss to keep the potting soil in but allow the water to drain out.

Step 2

Fill the plastic container with moistened commercial potting soil to within 1/2 inch of its rim.

Step 3

Plant your plant in the plastic container so that it sits in the same level in this container as it did in its previous one. No more than 1 inch of soil should cover its roots. Firm the soil down with your hands to remove any air pockets.

Step 4

Water the planting container until water drips out of the drainage holes in its bottom. Allow it to drain for half an hour.

Step 5

Line the bottom of your arabesque pottery container with 1 inch of small pebbles or rocks to facilitate drainage.

Step 6

Place the potted plant inside the arabesque container.

Step 7

Remove the plastic pot from the arabesque container each time you water. Water the plant until you see water dripping out of the drainage holes (this helps clear the soil of built-up salts). Then allow the pot to drain for half an hour before replacing it.

Things You'll Need

  • Arabesque pottery plant container
  • Plastic pot with drainage holes
  • Peat moss
  • Peat-lite potting soil
  • Watering can
  • Small pebbles


  • West Virginia University: Container Gardening
  • University of Missouri: Caring for Houseplants

Who Can Help

  • Houseplant Care
Keywords: arabesque pottery, plant pottery, decorative planter

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