Patio flower pots provide an easy way to transform a bland patio space into a blossoming garden. These pots are available in a wide range of sizes and materials. Thus, a selection of patio flower pots can be found to match nearly any decor, whether you're interested in a rustic outdoor space with wooden pots and large, leafy plants or a colorful retreat with brightly glazed pots and trailing blossoms.
Patio flower pots serve two purposes. Their chief, and most obvious, purpose is to serve as a functional container for growing plants and flowers. Large flower pots, called "planters," even can be used to grow small trees within the confines of your patio space. Flower pots let you grow a garden without a single square foot of land. Your concrete patio is perfectly suited to gardening with a selection of flower pots. The second purpose that flower pots serve is aesthetic. While the flowers inside often take center stage, the pot itself can be a stunning and colorful piece.
Patio flower pots are made from many different materials. The most affordable types of flower pots are those made from plastic. However, many of these lack durability and do not provide weather protection. Wooden pots are a nice alternative as they also are affordable, but much sturdier. Wooden pots also provide frost protection. Earthenware pots are another popular choice. These pots are porous, which is beneficial because air can circulate through the pot to the plant's roots. However, this can be a problem because water also will be able to seep out. Over time, the water will create a white calcification on the pot's exterior. Fine terra cotta pots are less porous and do not have this problem. Metal pots are fine for use as flower pots but they must be lined with plastic to prevent toxic chemicals from seeping into the soil.
The most important feature in a patio flower pot is a series of drainage holes. Without drainage holes, pots placed out on a patio will fill up with rainwater and the plants will get root rot. Some containers have water reservoirs, which are filled from an inlet and provide water to the roots from beneath in measured amounts. This type of container still should have an overflow reservoir to prevent the plant from receiving too much water.
When selecting a flower pot for your patio, there are several important factors to take into consideration. First, consider the available space on your patio and the placement of your pots. If you place some of the pots on a plant stand, make sure they are not too heavy for the stand to support. Pots set on the floor of the patio should be heavier, to keep them from tipping over if they are kicked by children or pets. You also should compare the overall size of the container to the size of the plant it will hold. Plants prefer containers where they have room to spread their roots and grow. However, you don't want a pot so big that it completely dwarfs the plant.
Patio pots must be properly prepared before plants are placed in them. Used pots should be scrubbed clean with a mixture of water and bleach. Remove calcification with vinegar and water. Clay and terra cotta pots must be immersed in water for two days before their first use. If they are not soaked first, these pots will draw all the moisture out of the soil, depriving the plant of water.