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Ceramic or Plastic? How To Choose the Right Plant Pot

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Plants. Your Mood-Boosting, Space Beautifying, De-Stressing Wonder.

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Who doesn't love them? They're infinitely more affordable than renovation, available in all styles and sizes, and refreshingly personal. Plants are your do-it-all wonder for low-effort room design.

But indoor gardening for beginners can seem overwhelming. Whether you’ve set your heart on a ceiling-high snake plant, a delicate string of pearls, or a feathery kupukupu fern, there’s one big question that needs an answer… 

Ceramic or plastic?      

Fact: There’s no “wrong” answer when you choose a pot. But the only right answer is which pot is most suitable for your plant.

So before you head out and return with an armful of nursery pots and potting mix, let’s learn how to choose the best size pot size and material. 

Perfect Plastic 

No, not those nursery planters your plants come in! It’s easy to think only large ceramic planters can make a statement, but we beg to differ. 

High-quality recycled plastic pots like our Tuileries series are sturdy, come in a multitude of earthy tones and sizes (including planter boxes!), and hold moisture extremely well. 

If you’re looking for indoor plant pots with drainage, this series can do you one better— they can sit indoors and outdoors and you can add extra drainage holes with a drill.  

green leafy plant in white pot next to wooden chair

Wait, who wouldn’t want a pot that holds moisture well? 

Moist soil doesn’t suit every plant, and plastic pots aren’t porous so air movement doesn’t happen inside the container. For infrequent (or forgetful) waterers, plants that prefer moist soil (like orchids or ferns), or plants that don’t need much drainage, plastic is perfect.  

Another benefit of plastic is that it’s often less expensive than ceramic and isn’t easily damaged. They’re easy to clean, disinfect, and won’t shatter if dropped.

White tiered hanging planters

Not interested in bright or bold colors? You can find plenty of decorative plant pots that mimic natural surfaces like this Tuileries terracotta set or this Waves sand beige pot. If you’re looking to add gorgeous green hues without taking up space, consider indoor vine plants in delicate hangers instead. 

Cool Ceramic 

Ceramic pots are like terracotta in that they’re both made of porous clay, but ceramic pots are often glazed. A glaze keeps the soil from drying as quickly as terracotta.

Unglazed ceramic

These types of pots allow air and water movement, which stimulates root growth for a happier plant. But the clay also wicks moisture from the soil, which is good news if you’re a chronic overwaterer or have plants that prefer dryer soils.

Glazed ceramic

Two white and yellow plant pots with plants on a table

For plants like baby’s tears and spider plants that thrive on slow drainage, indoor ceramic plant pots, like these Verdon ivory pots are an excellent match. Glazed ceramic pots don’t hold as much moisture as plastic and restrict air exchange, but don’t dry out as quickly as terracotta.

 Plant in plant stand next to gray chair in living room

Overall, ceramic pots tend to be more expensive than plastic pots and become quite heavy once filled. Also, it’s impossible to add more drainage holes, so make sure to choose wisely when buying.

Three animal themed plant pots with cactuses

Just like plastic pots, ceramic flower pots also come in a variety of colors and sizes, whether you’re looking for gifts for an animal lover or a stargazer inspired by the cosmos

If you’re looking to stand out, something as simple as a subtly patterned ceramic white planter can easily become a statement piece. For space-savvy renters, a plant stand injects elevation in style.


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