Ah plant pots, these pretty yet simple things can really make a house plant go from zero to hero in no time at all. Funky colours, hell yeah! Crazy materials, why not? Weird and wonderful shapes? Go for it! There really is an infinite amount of choice out there. Luckily, house plants aren’t fashion conscious so you can dress them up however you want without hearing a peep from them! At least, we think? Has anyone done a study on this? Should we call the World Plant Federation? Is that even a thing? What are we even talking about? Long story short, we think they are chill with it.
Although we are 99.9% sure plants don't get plant pot anxiety, there is one thing you need to make sure you get right - the size! If you want your PRICKLE pals to grow big and tall, you will need to make sure you get the correct size pot. If you select a pot that's too big, the soil will dry much slower and your plant's arch-nemesis, root rot, will make an appearance. If you go to the other end of the spectrum with something too small, your little fella is going to slow down in the growth department. Or it could end up toppling over due to the pot to plant weight ratio being off.
Keep your plant in its nursery pot when using a decorative plant pot, this will make watering easier and mess free!
Ideally, when you need to repot a plant that's getting a little bit too big, you will want to go up by approximately 5 to 7.5 cm (or 2-3 inches if imperial measurements are your jam). This should give your plant enough room to continue to grow at a nice rate, without the risk of damaging its poor roots. You can also rest assured that you probably won’t need to repot your plant for the next year or so.
Now we have got the serious stuff out the way, let's get fabulous (okkkuuuurrr!) and discuss what your options are for dressing your houseplants to the nines.
Matching your interiors
Your first priority when selecting your dream plant pot is to think about the room you are going to put it in. The colour scheme of this space should play a big part in your selection. Your plants and pots can add lovely pops of colour needed to your interior. If you are the type of person that likes to keep up with the latest design trends, this can allow you to constantly evolve your space and give it a fresh look regularly - without breaking the bank.
Best of all, by adding plant pots to your interior design aspirations, you can quite easily throw in some on-trend colours on a budget. Allowing you to keep that crusty old paintbrush living under the stairs where it belongs!
Don’t be afraid of colour
Sometimes, we humans can be guilty of playing it a little bit too safe. Getting the same look at the hairdressers, holidaying in Tenerife for the 5th year running, or going for the medium Nandos when we know we can handle the hot. We have all done it! But we say hell no to that, life is too short! Being bold and vibrant is the Nando’s XX Hot spice of life. So, why not take this marvellous way of thinking into the plant pot department and get funky with it.
Bright and colourful pots can make a simple, unassuming house plant into an absolute superstar with just a dig of your trowel. But, you don’t have to stop there, grouping 3, or maybe even 5 plants together with pots in varying sizes and colours can make your houseplants the talking point of the room. Suddenly, your lone superstar has found its tribe and will go from local success to worldwide stardom (at least amongst your friends and family).
Mix up texture
Something that is overlooked quite often when it comes to plant pot selection criteria is the texture and material of the pot itself. Adding a variety of different textures to your plant pot repertoire will provide an edge to your interiors and really elevate them to the next level. For example, an industrial-style concrete pot paired with a white, glossy stand can combine both elegance and a more modern look simply by placing them side by side. Another great pairing is to put our lovely matt ceramic pots with our ash recycled plastic plant pots.
To top it all off, a huge variety of pots, like our ash plastic pots, are made from recycled material. So you can look after the environment while still making your plant look like the bee's knees!
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