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For many, plants are an integral part of the interior & exterior decoration of our living space. They not only provide fresh air, but also beautify our home. With the right flower pot, you can place them anywhere, whether in the garden, on the terrace, on the balcony or indoors. As a home accessory, they are practically indispensable!

Flower pots come in many shapes, colours and materials. In this guide, you will learn about the different types of flower pots and what you should look out for when making your next purchase. We also give you tips on which flower pots are suitable for which types of plants and how you can attach flower pots in different ways.




Summary

  • Important criteria for buying a flower pot are the material, diameter, shape, weather resistance, style and design.
  • Indoor plants are often planted in ceramic and metal pots. Outdoors, materials such as fibreglass, plastic and polyethylene have become popular thanks to their durability.
  • Flower pots can also be creatively fixed. There are many different mounting options such as metal hooks or baskets to attach the plant pots to walls, ceilings or balcony railings.

The Best Flower Pot: Our Choices

Buying and rating criteria for flower pots

Since there are a variety of flower pots to choose from, it is often difficult to decide on the right one. To find the right flower pot, it is important to consider a few buying criteria. The most relevant buying criteria that can help you compare different flower pots with each other are:

Material

In the past, flower pots were usually made of terracotta or fired clay. Nowadays, other materials have become more popular. There are flower pots made of glass, jute, ceramic, plastic, porcelain and various metals (e.g. stainless steel). In principle, the plant and the place you intend to use the flowerpot is often decisive for the choice of material.

Flower pots made of stone or ceramic are usually typical for indoor plants. Often these are cachepots or purely decorative pots that are not frost-proof.

For outdoor use, pots made of fibreglass, plastic or polyethylene are particularly suitable. They cannot break and are therefore more durable. They are also easy to care for and frost-proof.

Flower pots made of metal are suitable for both indoors and outdoors. A current trend is the flower pot made of stainless steel, which is particularly attractive due to its design.

TIP: Metal flower pots for outdoors should never be placed in sunny locations, as the heating of the metal can cause considerable damage to the plant!

Diameter

In principle, flower pots come in a wide variety of sizes and dimensions. The most common sizes range from 4 to about 60 cm in diameter. The plant itself and its expected growth are decisive for the choice of pot size. Both too large and too small models can be harmful to the plant.

Shape

Flower pots come in many shapes from oval to square. A large number of flower pot models are cylindrical or round. However, square designs are also becoming increasingly popular. Bowl-shaped pots are only suitable for very few types of plants. They are mainly used for decoration and less for functionality.

The shape of the models is often also a question of where the flower pot is attached. For example, angular versions are particularly well suited for small plants on the balcony railing. To fill the space, you can use round, large pots.

Weather resistance

Whether a flower pot is suitable for gardens or indoors simply depends on the material. Outdoor pots must be weatherproof. Examples of weather-resistant materials are fibreglass, zinc, stainless steel, wood, rattan or plastic.

With metal pots in particular, it is important to look for a high-quality material. Only these will not rust and really stand up to frost and rain.

Style / Design

The style of the flower pot depends on your personal taste. Whether country house style, vintage, wood look, art nouveau or woven, it is of course entirely up to you. Since flower pots are available in countless designs and colours, there is something for every taste!

Guide: Frequently asked questions about flower pots answered in detail

In this section you will find answers to questions about which pots are suitable for which types of plants and what costs you can generally expect when buying flower pots. You will also be introduced to different types of pots. In addition, we give you tips and show you different ways of fixing flower pots and what alternatives there are for them instead.

Which flower pots are suitable for which types of plants?

In order to find the right pot for each plant, it is important to remember that size is very important. A flower pot that is too small will not provide enough space for the plant to thrive. A pot that is too large can lead to waterlogging. We therefore recommend a distance of 5-10 cm between the root and the rim of the pot.

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A great example of how flower pots attached with metal hooks can embellish the wall. (Image source: pexels / Jay Mantri)

It is also important to choose the right materials depending on the location of the flower pot. Ceramic and metal are particularly suitable for indoor plants. For outdoors, plastic, fibreglass and polyrattan models are particularly suitable.

With its wickerwork look, polyrattan not only offers an attractive design, but also great robustness. These materials are also UV-resistant, weatherproof, frost-resistant and unbreakable.

ATTENTION: Orchids cannot be planted in just any flower pot. Special orchid pots are available for them in the shops.

How much do flower pots cost?

Whether a flower pot turns out to be cheap or expensive depends mainly on the dimensions and the material. Plastic pots, for example, are usually cheaper than metal models, regardless of their size. Prices range from low to high. You will find a short explanation in the following table.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (4 - 20 €) Small diameter (from ~4 cm), clay models
Medium-priced (10 - 30 €) Large diameter (from ~30 cm), plastic models
High-priced (15 - 40 €) Flower boxes, suitable for several plants, therefore often relatively cheaper

Because there are so many different materials, sizes and types of flower pots, prices can vary greatly. Note that flower pot sets are not included in this price classification.

What are the different types of flower pots?

In general, there are many different types of flower pots. The following table describes the most common types of flower pots.

Type Note
Indoor pots Indoor plant pots are usually made of ceramic or metal, no drainage holes
Outdoor pots Usually made of terracotta, plastic or polyrattan, UV resistant, weather and frost proof, for larger plants wooden flower pots are the best choice
Cultivation pots Mostly made of plastic or cellulose, therefore in a low price range
Flower box More suitable for outdoor use as they usually take up a lot of space, offer high wind resistance, ideal for balcony balustrades
Flower pot Hanging pot equipped with eyelets, hooks can be hooked in, space-saving, attractive decoration

Whether for indoors or outdoors, for large or small plants, there is something here for every use. If necessary, ask your gardener if you are not sure which type of flower pot is best for your use.

What are the mounting options for flower pots?

There are more ways to decorate a room than simply placing the flowerpot in the corner. The following variations provide more variety and can save space. For example, you can simply hang the pots.

Metal hooks help you to attach them to the ceiling. Metal baskets, on the other hand, are suitable for mounting on the wall. Hanging plants such as ivy are particularly suitable for this. There are also special holders for attaching flower pots directly to a balcony railing.

What alternatives are there for flower pots?

As an alternative to conventional flower pots, there are also other ways of placing your plants. These are briefly summarised here.

  • Homemade pots: You can often make your own flower pot using small plastic bottles or yoghurt pots. You can simply cut them up and poke a few holes in them. Upcycling is not only good for your budget, but also for the environment!
  • Flower terrarium: A terrarium is like a plant sealed in a glass container. With the right cultivation, an ecosystem of its own can form inside. Sunlight and water ensure that nutrients are formed, which are the life source for the ecosystem. If you close the glass, you don't have to worry about anything else. The low maintenance of this model makes it particularly attractive as an alternative.

As you can see, these two alternatives are good ways to protect the environment or to create a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Conclusion

Flower pots come in countless sizes, shapes and variations. Although the flower pot often serves as decoration, you should not only rely on your personal taste when buying. The size is also decisive. It is important that the pot is always a few centimetres larger than the root ball so as not to harm the plant.

You should also bear in mind that the material of the pot depends very much on whether you place it indoors or outdoors. Thanks to versatile mounting options, flower pots can be attached to walls and ceilings as well as to balcony railings.

As an alternative to the traditional flower pot, you can also build your own flower terrarium or make your own individual model with the help of a plastic cup.

Image source: Unsplash / Arya Wang

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