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Flower pot models: colors and shapes

A flower pot or plant pot provides a home for potted plants and houseplants. Most models are round or cylindrical, modern designs also angular. Bowls are suitable only for a few plants, such as bonsais, but have a high decorative value. Basically, the flower pot significantly affects the root growth of the plant. Simply put, the larger it is, the more stately the plant will be. However, since very few plants, and especially no young plants, feel comfortable in a huge flower pot, the plant must not only be placed in the appropriate plant pot, but also repotted regularly. A rule of thumb says that the recommended distance between the roots and the edge of the pot should be five to ten centimeters. However, this is not a general rule, as other factors such as growth habit, growth height and root type (for example, shallow-rooted or deep-rooted) of the respective plant must also be taken into account. However, helpful information can usually be found directly on the enclosed plant label at the time of purchase. Flower pots can be roughly divided into models for indoors and outdoors, i.e. those for the house and those for the garden, balcony or terrace. There are plant pots with and without drainage holes, as well as useful accessories such as custom-fit coasters. The diameter ranges from a few centimeters to 60 centimeters or more. As far as color and design are concerned, there are hardly any limits today, only the material from which the flower pot is made can limit the choice. A hanging plant pot, a so-called hanging basket, is used if you want to accommodate plants with hanging shoots or very protruding and long leaves. This is the best way to showcase them. For propagation, pre-cultivation and sowing of plants, you can use propagation pots, which you can either make yourself from newspaper or PET bottles, for example, or buy ready-made in stores. These mini pots or trays are usually made of plastic, peat, coconut or wood fibers.

Flower pot: The right material

Whether a plant pot can be used outdoors or indoors depends on the material. The models for the garden must not only be visually pleasing, but additionally weather-resistant. Below is an overview of the most common materials for flower pots, how they are used and the advantages and disadvantages they bring. A typical flower pot for indoor plants is made of earthenware/stoneware, that is, ceramic. Most often they are cachepots, that is, purely decorative pots without drainage holes, which are not frost-resistant. The beauty of them: They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and designs, so you can find the right flower pot for any interior style and design. A metal flower pot is suitable for both the house and the garden: depending on the model, it can have a rustic or very modern look. It is usually made of galvanized sheet steel or stainless steel. The trend is stainless steel plant pots, which attract attention mainly due to their varied surface design (matte, glossy, textured). If you want to put the metal plant pot outside, it is important to choose high-quality products: Only they are weather-resistant, do not rust and also do not release harmful substances to the plants. Tip: You can often tell quality at a glance by the finish of the welds. And also keep in mind that this type of flower pot is not suitable for sunny locations, because there it heats up too much, which harms the plants, or reflects sunlight and dazzles, which affects the comfort of the terrace or balcony. Another disadvantage: metal flower pots usually do not have bottom holes, so you can not avoid buying an indoor pot. In addition, they have a considerable dead weight, which makes them stable on the one hand, but on the other hand, very difficult to move. Bamboo is a renewable resource, from which recently more and more plant pots are made. The interior is often coated, making it waterproof. A bamboo plant pot, like similar models made of rattan, should only be placed indoors because it is not weather resistant. Orchids occupy a special position: For them, special orchid pots are offered in stores, which are perfectly adapted to the needs of the pretty exotics. Very common are flower pots made of transparent plastic, in which you can easily keep an eye on the delicate orchid roots. Prefabricated holes provide better ventilation of the root space. Hanging lath baskets or wicker baskets made of plastic form the suitable plant pot for many epiphytes, i.e. the perching plants among orchids. Typical planters for orchids are made of ceramic and are very slim and tall. Their secret: a step in the bottom of the pot, which prevents the inner pot and thus the delicate roots of the orchids from standing in water.

Outdoor flower pots

The classic flower pot for the garden is made of terracotta. In terms of color, this model of fired clay leaves you little room for maneuver: it is and remains earth-colored. Nevertheless, terracotta delights with a very natural look and creates a Mediterranean atmosphere on the balcony or terrace. In addition, a pretty and unique patina forms on these plant pots over time. Terracotta flower pots are UV-resistant and very stable. Unfortunately, they are also fragile, heavy and evaporate water, so you need to water more often. The majority of outdoor flower pots are made of plastic. Very common are models made of polyethylene, polypropylene or fiberglass. Polyrattan convinces with an attractive wicker look and at the same time great robustness. High-quality plastic plant pots offer many advantages, they are

  • UV-resistant, weatherproof and frost-proof,
  • durable and easy to care for,
  • comparatively inexpensive,
  • have a low dead weight,
  • are unbreakable and
  • offer an enormous choice of colors, shapes and designs.

But the material also has its disadvantages: Apart from the ecological aspect, a plant pot made of plastic offers little stability, so that tall-growing plants can easily topple over in it. If there are no drainage holes, there is a quick risk of waterlogging and loss of the plant, and when drilling afterwards, the material can easily tear. Plant pots made of wood are popular, especially for larger plants: they act almost like room dividers and can be used as variable design elements for the terrace. Since a wooden planter is fully exposed to the weather outside, it is important to focus on quality and buy models made of sturdy wood such as oak, robinia or acacia. An insert or foil lining protects the interior from moisture. Some models are additionally impregnated, so that rot or pathogens have no chance. A concrete flower pot can be placed both indoors and outdoors. The trendy material is highly durable and requires only a minimum of care: sun, moisture or frost leave hardly any traces. Because the material is so unobtrusive, a concrete plant pot can be harmoniously integrated into almost any style, from Shabby Chic to Industrial Design. However, it is difficult to move it once it reaches a certain size. Very natural look outdoors plant pots made of stone. An inexpensive alternative is offered by plant pots made of artificial stone, which are hardly inferior to the originals, but have significantly less dead weight. They are UV-resistant and can withstand any weather. A flower pot must be cleaned regularly. This not only increases its service life, but also serves the health of the plant. In the plant pot not only soil residues collect, but also pathogens can settle. With plastic, glass or ceramic pots, you can not do much wrong when cleaning – they are very easy to care for. With other materials, however, caution is advised. The following always applies: Refrain from using harsh, chemical cleaning agents. They could attack the surfaces and also damage the plants in the form of residues. To clean a plant pot made of clay or terracotta, for example, use only water and mild soap. If necessary, a brush can be used. Stubborn lime rims disappear by placing in a bucket of water and a few drops of vinegar. To clean a metal flower pot, take a soft cloth, damp to the maximum, but not wet. Plant pots made of natural materials such as bamboo or rattan, but especially wooden plant pots are a little more complex to care for. You should clean them only damp, in no case use aggressive cleaners, and occasionally you need to glaze, oil or wax them. Otherwise, they will not withstand the weather and will have to be disposed of after a short time. Display

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The right choice: Planters for indoors and planters for outdoors.

Attractive flower pots are available in a wide range. They differ in type, size, diameter and material. There are the shapely planters for home and garden plain or with pattern reliefs. There is something for every taste. Read here in Stylemag how to determine the right size of your flower pot and what makes the different types of flower pots.

Flower pots give plants a home

Flower and plant pots not only give plants and flowers a place of well-being, they are also a tasteful eye-catcher for your home. Many protagonists are square, round or even cylindrical and come sometimes modern, sometimes in a romantic country house look. In principle, a flower pot is always the place where you can cultivate your favorite plants with the help of soil. Tip: There are flower pot types with drainage hole, so that no waterlogging occurs. To match, you can buy a saucer that catches water that runs off. Alternatively, simply place your flower pot in an additional planter. But be careful: any water that runs off must be removed from it so that the root ball does not rot.

Flower pot: What size?

The size of the pot plays a significant role in the development of garden or houseplants: it is ideal if you observe the following rules when planting:

  • Planters and planters should always provide a little more volume than required by the diameter of the root ball of the plant .
  • The recommended distance between the roots and the edge of the pot is about five to ten centimeters.
  • In case of doubt, the plant label always helps: on it you will find all the relevant info on growth height as well as recommendations on planting depth.

Tip: Did you actually know that gardening professionals no longer speak of flower pots but of planters from a diameter of 60 cm at the top edge of the pot?

Flower pot: material and shapes

Flower pots are available in fired clay or terracotta quality. Meanwhile, other materials for plant pots have become popular:

  • Natural stone
  • Wood
  • Ceramic
  • Clay
  • Terracotta
  • Porcelain
  • Glass
  • Thin-walled metals
  • Coated bamboo
  • Wicker or rattan
  • Plastic

Tip: Before you make your choice, you should first determine whether the flower pots or planters will be needed indoors or in the garden. Then it is best to get advice on the appropriate plants right away.

Which type of flower pot is suitable for indoors?

Indoor plants and succulents can develop their effect particularly well in flower pots made of ceramic, coated bamboo and metal, for example. If you like, arrange flower pots of different sizes in strong colors or in natural and pastel shades. A mix of patterns is also attractive as the i-point of your decor. Because flower pots, regardless of species, often present themselves on windowsills and furniture, cachepots without a drainage hole are a good choice. You should consciously plan the purchase of indoor plant pots. After all, they affect your entire home decor. Here are some criteria that are worth paying attention to: Buy flower pots and planters in colors that match the style of your particular living space. The more colorful the plants, the plainer flower pots and co. should be. Take your time and determine the size and material of your new flower pot only after you have decided on your indoor plant. Tip: If you want galvanized material as a planter, line zinc tubs or pots with planting film, otherwise zinc erosion will damage your favorite plants. Zinc containers are also suitable for outdoor use. Together with perennials such as phlox, lavender and spurge, they are an eye-catcher on any patio.

Which type of flower pot is suitable for outdoors?

Terracotta or natural stone, this is often the first choice for planters when creating a Mediterranean garden. However, large-sized flower pots of this type also cause a stir in cottage gardens or modern gardens. Together with comfortable outdoor sofas and armchairs they create atmosphere. In addition, they are UV-resistant and, thanks to their weight, almost tilt-proof. Today, there are also alternatives made of ultra-light plastics. These are the advantages:

  • UV resistant, frost as well as rain proof.
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to transport
  • Unbreakable
  • Available in many patterns, colors and shapes

Planters in special shapes and types for balcony and terrace

Those who do not have a garden and want to transform, for example, his balcony into a green oasis, also have many choices. There are for this:

  • Planters of different sizes as well as made of easily transportable material, such as polyrattan or polystyrene.
  • Special planters for the balcony railing
  • Mini glass houses, e.g. from Design House Stockholm
  • Flower pots of all types with level indicators or, for example, the self-watering pots of the Eva Solo brand.
  • Special shapes such as balcony boxes, hanging baskets and flower pots for the wall

What plants for flower pots and planters?

When choosing the right outdoor plants for your flower pot – regardless of their species – you can choose between seasonal flowers such as geraniums or hardy plants. The latter have the advantage that they do not need to be replaced every year. For this purpose, a few examples:

  • Lavender in different heights of growth.
  • Hydrangeas, e.g. peasant hydrangea or shrub hydrangea
  • Hibiscus
  • Boxwood
  • Columnar yew and cherry laurel
  • Ornamental grasses in many colors and different growth heights

We hope our tips have helped you and hope you enjoy trying them out!


Further tips

Different types of flower pots

If you have your plants in the apartment or on the terrace, you need a flower pot in which the soil or substrate is filled and serves as a habitat for the plants. Depending on the size of the plant, you also adjust the size of the pot accordingly. To allow the water to drain, the bottom of the pot is usually provided with holes. In this way, waterlogging can be avoided. Most of the advantages and disadvantages of different models of flower pots arise from the material. But an important other criterion is also the shape.

  • Depending on the size, flower pots are suitable either for window sills or as tubs for corners on the terrace or balcony.
  • Wall flower pots have a straight surface on one side that can be attached to the wall.
  • Hanging pots are equipped with eyelets into which hooks can be hung and
  • long flower pots are ideal for balcony balustrades.

Flower pots are available in sizes ranging from four to 60 centimeters in diameter. However, if it is larger, it is called a flower or plant pot.

Features of different materials

One criterion when buying is the material.


Flower pots made of plastic are offered in a wide variety of colors. They are available as planting pots with holes from which water can drip, as well as planters. Plastic pots have the advantage that they are easy to clean from dirt and lime, because they have a smooth surface. This also gives another advantage: Germs, fungi and bacteria do not have a base to adhere to and can be and can be completely eliminated. Therefore, the plastic flower pot can be used again and again, even for delicate young plants. Another advantage is the Break resistance. Plastic pots do not shatter as quickly as clay, terracotta or ceramic pots when dropped. Since plastic does not absorb water, this material is especially suitable for plants that love moist soil.. Plastic pots or boxes have some advantages but are not so beautiful

Clay and terracotta

A completely different material is clay or terracotta. These flower pots are available mainly in shades of red and brown and are especially popular for their natural look natural look. Due to their weight, clay and terracotta flower pots provide security even in windy locations. In a heavy planter or planter, a plant is not in danger of tipping over so quickly in rough weather. Also the secure hold on narrow window sills also speaks in favor of these materials. The disadvantage is that clay and terracotta are more difficult to clean due to their sometimes large pores, and lime, dirt and germs can settle well. In addition, these flower pots can break more quickly.

Glazed ceramic

An alternative to plastic, clay and terracotta is glazed ceramic. Here you have a similar color choice as with plastic pots. In addition, glazed ceramic pots have a smooth and waterproof surface due to their coating, making them just as easy to clean as plastic flower pots. However, they are heavier than the latter and therefore more stable. Unfortunately, they also break more quickly. Flower pots come in all materials, shapes and colors

Fabric pots

In addition to the conventional, hard materials, fabric pots or sacks are also becoming more and more fashionable. They provide a homely ambience and, if perfectly staged, can become a real eye-catcher in the apartment. Despite softer fabric, they are extremely robust and often have two handles on the sides, which make it easy to move the plant.

Special shape: Peat pot

Are we talking about young plantsthat are being grown, they are placed in so-called peat pots. These consist of pressed peat mass. When watered, they swell and offer the young plants enough space. Another advantage: if the plants are large enough to be planted, they can remain in the peat pot; it is not necessary to remove them. In this way, the roots cannot be damaged. Over time, the pot will rot.

Flower pots for the balcony

Even if, in theory, a simple plastic flower pot would be sufficient for planting, most balcony owners, as a rule, still do not do without beautiful cachepots, which are available in a variety of materials, shapes and colors.

Balcony flower boxes

Along the balcony parapet flower boxes can be used. These are long and narrow, and therefore very space-saving. If they are hung on the outside of the railing, the flowering plants can also be noticed by neighbors and walkers. Flower boxes are hung on special sturdy hooks or embedded in a frame attached to the balcony railing, which is a little more expensive, but also safer. They consist of a plastic plant pot and a planter, which can also be made of plastic, but also ceramic, terracotta or stainless steel. Depending on taste, the choice of color can also turn out. Especially plastic and ceramic boxes are available in a variety of colors, terracotta is usually brownish or reddish and stainless steel shines in a metallic silver tone. Flower boxes for the balcony are space-saving

Table and shelf flowers

Table & shelf flowers are usually placed in planters Flowers that are to be placed on tables, shelves and on the ground of the balcony, or are to be hung, are also first placed in plant pots made of plastic. Then they can be placed in round or square cachepots. These cachepots come in different sizes and the range of shapes, colors and decorations is even greater than for flower boxes. Actually, all cachepots are suitable for the balcony, but it should be noted that the material wood requires more care if it is to be weather-resistant. Flower pots made of plastic should stand or be fastened protected from the wind, since their own weight is low and they threaten, especially with small plants, to tip over or fly away in the wind. In windy weather, ceramic or clay flowerpots are the best choice on the balcony. They are sturdy and easy to clean. Large and tall flowers, as well as shrubs and perennials, should be placed in large pots. This way, they not only have enough space to form roots, but also stand securely on windy days. Flower pots are therefore usually made of heavy material, such as terracotta or clay.


In addition to the common flower pots with holes, there are also Cachepots. These come in a variety of colors and provide visual highlights. The normal flower pots are placed in the planters. Further accessories are CoastersAs the name suggests, they are placed under the pots to catch the water. However, this must be poured out regularly to avoid the aforementioned waterlogging. Plant pot grids are suitable above all for households in which small children or pets live. For the offspring, as well as the cat or the dog, there is nothing better than to dig in the ground. With an appropriate grid you protect the plant; child and animal do not get to the soil and so it also remains clean. Also Mulch discs can also be placed on top of the potting soil. These provide a neat appearance, but also have a practical benefit: the cover can prevent weed growth. Furthermore, the material, which is made of coconut fibers, can keep moisture in the substrate longer; however, oxygen and watering water get through without any problems. In winter, many potted plants are dependent on a Flower pot protection depend on. Suitable for each size, there are, for example, jute bags in which you put the pot or jute rolls to wrap the flower pots. If the range of colors and patterns in the garden center does not appeal to you, you have the opportunity to become artistically active yourself…

Design flower pots yourself

Flowers provide a colorful change on windowsills as well as on the balcony or in the garden. But not only the flowers themselves, also colorfully designed, decorated with motifs and flower pots make windowsill and balcony an eye-catcher. There are many different ways to customize flower pots. Especially flower pots made of terracotta and clay are suitable for designing. They have a rough surface to which both paint and glue adhere. Self-designed flower pots are a real eye-catcher

Painting with acrylic paint

Acrylic paint can be used to paint the flower pots according to your own ideas. The paint is available in craft stores or hardware stores in many different shades. Before applying the paint, you should make sure that the flower pot is dry and clean. Because only then the paint becomes really durable and does not flake off. Following painting, it is worth sealing with clear spray paint. This prevents moisture from entering and damaging the paint.

Napkin technique

Another way to decorate flower pots is napkin technique. For this you need

  • Terracotta flower pots
  • napkins with motifs and
  • special napkin glue.

Depending on the taste, season or occasion, for example, can be autumn leaves, Easter bunnies or spring flowers can be used as motifs. The motifs must be cut out of the napkin before subsequently spreading the upper layer of the motif with the glue and sticking it to the outside of the flower pot. Once dry, the decorated terracotta pots can be sprayed with clear varnish to make them weather resistant.

Spray technique

If you don’t want motifs, but you do want a color change, you have the simple option of spraying your flower pots in one color. For Christmas, for example, a silver spray paint is suitable for turning flower pots into glittery, Christmas ornaments. As long as the pots are not outdoors, smooth plastic flower pots can also be sprayed.

Mosaic tiles and decorative items

A little more work is required to cover a flower pot with mosaic tiles. For this you need

  • colored mosaic stones
  • mosaic glue and
  • joint compound.

With the glue, the mosaic tiles are glued to the flower pot and then with the joint compound filled the joints. With a little craftsmanship and neat work, the flower pot gets an interesting, noble and unique look by dressing it with mosaic tiles. Instead of mosaic stones, shells, beads or other small decorative items are also possible. Dapper Netcore.

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