Houseplant Pots and Containers
The pots and containers you use are a reflection of you, your decorating
tastes and needs. Fortunately, there is an endless variety to choose form.
If you can't find the "perfect container" for your houseplants, you can
improvise. Make one from just about anything that will hold soil and water.
The shape and style of your pot is not important to the plant, it is important
What is important to your plant, is that the container you select has holes
in the bottom to provide good drainage as most plants do not like to have
their "feet" wet for extended periods of time. Most pots are made with a
drainage hole and a dish below the pot. Often the dish is glued or attached
to the pot so it does not separate. Don't skip the dish or plate. Without
it, an over-watered plant will drain onto your floor or carpet.
Your houseplants will also care about the size of the pot or container you
provide for it. Select a pot for your houseplants that will allow room to
grow. And, make sure that it is big enough to support you plant's size without
tipping over. When replanting as a rule of thumb, select a pot a couple sizes
larger than the one it is currently in. If you are going to put a tall plant
into it, make sure when filled it will not tip. For tall plants, a wide pot
will minimize the likelihood of tipping.
Use Clean Pots and containers:
It is important to the health of your houseplants that the containers you
use are clean. If you are re-using a pot, clean it thoroughly. Scrub the
container inside and out. We recommend you soak the containers in a solution
of one part bleach to ten parts water to kill any molds and bacteria that
may be present.
If you are re-using claypots, make sure to soak them for a few hours. Clay
pots will absorb salts and chemicals in their pores. Soaking helps remove
salts and excess chemicals.
If you are using a container that has held anything in it before, make sure
to clean it out. Give your houseplants a clean home to start it's indoor