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Finding the right flower pot can sometimes take a long time. Especially with the large selection on the internet and in garden centres or markets, it can sometimes be overwhelming. To make it easier for you to choose a product, we have selected a few models for you.

But what types of flower pots are there to buy? And what should you look for when buying a flower pot? What costs can you expect and how can you fill your new pot properly? We answer these questions in our guide to give you a good overview.




Summary

  • Anyone who enjoys flowers and plants has stood in front of full shelves of flower tubs at the garden centre and not really known what to look for.
  • Important criteria that play a role in the purchase decision include the material, the shape and size, the brand and, of course, the price of the flower pots.
  • It doesn't have to be the latest technologies and functions. Sometimes a simple planter with a timeless design is enough to meet your expectations.

The Best Flower Pot: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for flowerpots

So that you are not overwhelmed when buying flower pots, we have already listed the most important buying criteria to help you choose from the wide range of different flower pots. These are as follows:

Shape

Flower pots are available in all kinds of shapes. To make the right choice, you can also find out how deep your plant roots. Shallow planters are more suitable for plants with few roots, such as succulents. Other plants need more space, but deeper shapes are more suitable. Whether round or square is irrelevant.

A special feature among the containers are the pedestals. These are stands of various types on which the flower pot can be fixed. In addition, stands are often available to raise the pot. This not only looks visually appealing, but is often also very practical.

Material

Flower pots can be made from an incredibly wide range of materials. From the classic terracotta to plastic such as polyrattan and concrete, everything is possible. Likewise, tubs are made of wood, stainless steel, zinc or rust steel.

Much of this is for aesthetic reasons, but you should always inform yourself about the material properties.

Wood, for example, usually looks good, but it is not made to be exposed to all kinds of weather outside. For this, you can use stainless steel or concrete, for example.

Size

There are a few things to consider when it comes to size so that you can enjoy your plants for a long time. It's best to find out beforehand how much space your plant will need. Usually, you choose a container so that the plant still has room to grow.

That way it doesn't have to be repotted again soon, because that usually means stress for the plant. At the latest, when the roots grow out at the bottom of the water drain, it is time for a new pot. But most plants don't like too much space either.

Tubs are available in every size, whether for a single cutting or an entire olive tree, the variety is simply endless. When it comes to this criterion, you should be guided by the needs of your plants - they will thank you for it.

Design

Most common flower pots are kept simple in their design. But if you don't just want to look good when choosing a plant, there are also plenty of options for the planters themselves, so that the planter also fits in with the interior or the design of your garden.

From an interesting colour scheme to containers on stands, containers in country house style or containers with a special surface structure such as open-pored concrete containers, there is certainly something for everyone.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about flower pots answered in detail

Here you can read the answers to the questions you are sure to encounter when looking for a suitable planter.

What types of flower pots are there?

Flower pots come in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes. The choice is endless and does not necessarily make the selection any easier. The best thing to do is to look at our evaluation criteria above to see which features are particularly important to you.

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Here you can see the diversity of flower pots at a glance. Shallower tubs are particularly suitable for flowers that have little root growth. For plants, such as those shown on the left, tubs with a deeper shape are suitable so that the roots have enough space to spread out. Image source: unsplash / Markus Winkler

Many flower pots have built-in functions, such as smart drainage systems, while others impress with their simplicity. Flower tubs with special holders or on stands are eye-catching. Smaller tubs can also have one or more brackets to hang them on your balcony, for example.

What should you look for when buying flower pots?

Apart from the buying criteria listed above, there are a few things you should look out for when making your purchase. First of all, you should ask yourself whether you want to place the flowerpot indoors or outdoors.

If you want to place the pot outside in your garden, it is best to use weatherproof pots. Otherwise you will only be able to enjoy your new pot for a short time. Check the needs of your plant and be sure to follow our advice on how to fill the pot properly.

How much do flower pots cost?

The cost of a flower pot varies mainly according to the size of the pot. The bigger, the more expensive, that much is logical. But the brand, material and design also influence the price.

The following table can help you get an overview.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (0-30 €) Mostly made of inexpensive material such as plastic, simple design
Medium-priced (30-70 €) Often available in sets, usually already some additional functions
Higher-priced (from 70 €) Noble or fancy design, brand products, often also in sets, often additional functions such as irrigation systems

As you can see, the price range for flower pots is quite wide. From our experience, we can say that the price-performance ratio is already very good, especially for mid-priced products. If you attach a lot of importance to a fancy look or new technologies, the higher-priced tubs might be more suitable.

How do I fill a flower pot correctly?

Filling the planter is particularly important to ensure that the plants do well in it. The first layer is usually gravel, but shards of clay from old flower pots also work well. Above this, so-called expanded clay is used.

These two layers always ensure that no waterlogging can form and that the remaining water can escape through the drainage holes. If you do not use this so-called drainage, your plants may be overwatered and die over time.

It is best to place a thin water-permeable foil or a thin fleece over the expanded clay as a partition. Next comes the soil in which the plant is placed. If you like, you can place a layer of decorative gravel over the soil. Always make sure to leave a few centimetres of space at the top so that it can act as a watering border.

Conclusion

First and foremost, flower pots should always be functionally valuable so that they can protect your plants and give them the right place to live. Nevertheless, aesthetics also play a major role in the selection process, so that the planter matches your interior.

Most planters offer good value for money. If you want fancy designs or extra features that go beyond the standard, you'll have to expect to pay more. Either way, every planter serves its purpose, which is to give your plant a good home.

(Cover photo: Unsplash / Vadim Kaipov)

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