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Which container is best for you?

When choosing a container for your plant, there are three key factors to consider: size, style and what the container is made from.

Find a pot that is proportional in size to the plant. If the container is too small, it can hinder root system development. If it is too large, the soil will stay really wet after waterings, possibly leading to root rot. Having too much or too little pot may not only be unhealthy for you plant but it may also negatively affect its appearance. When it comes to style, it’s all a matter of preference. Try looking for a pot style and material that highlights the natural qualities of what you’re planting, like its flower colors or the shape of its foliage. The right pot will not only be functional but will enhance the overall look and feel of your space.


Terracotta is one of the most popular choices for container gardening for its appealing look and durability over time. Terracotta pots help keep the root system of the plant at the correct temperature and therefore contribute to its overall health. If you plan on using terracotta, remember that clay is porous and draws (wicks) water away from the plant. Even though this is generally a benefit, plants in clay pots should be watched for loss of moisture. Also, be sure to bring in your terracotta pots before the first frost. Water expands when frozen, which can lead to cracking.


Glazed ceramic planters can be a beautiful decorative touch to any home, garden or patio. These containers retain much-needed moisture and can add a burst of color. As with terracotta, use caution if leaving glazed pots outdoors in cold temperatures.


Concrete planters are great for adding a touch of simple elegance to any garden or patio. Concrete containers are very heavy but also sturdy, making them ideal for planting trees, shrubs or a large arrangement of flowers.


Plastic containers work extremely well for seasonal gardening. This lightweight material is ideal for larger containers because it makes them easier to move. Plastic is nonporous, allowing it to hold moisture better and withstand cold winter temperatures. Make sure that your plastic container has drainage holes to prevent root rot.