Outdoor Plant Pots – From teacups to oil drums, there is nothing you cannot use as an outdoor plant container. Your choice of plants, your decorative style, your budget, and your creative imagination will all influence the choice of your plant container. However, there are a number of things to consider before you start adding plants to your outdoor pot. Very small containers will dry quickly, and they offer limited growth space, so teacups may not be a wise choice. Plants that grow very slowly, such as sedum or cactus, will grow well in a limited environment. However, always remind water needs. Some succulents do need enough moisture.
Make sure that whatever container you choose has good drainage. With the exception of pond plants, ornamental plants don’t like their feet always wet. If you are worried that your media mixture will be drained along with excess water, cover the holes with one layer of newspaper or coffee filter before adding your planting soil.
Clay or Terra Cotta Planters
Available in various sizes and shapes, clay plant containers are traditional garden standbys. Their appearance is very attractive in the design of a warm and sunny south garden or Mediterranean. A non-glaze clay pot, which means that the water in the soil will evaporate through the sides of the container. They must be watered more often than non-porous containers. Clay pots that are painted or glazed will retain more moisture through a hot day. These pots are heavy for their size. If you plant large pots, moving them will be difficult. If you anticipate having to move a large terra cotta pot, place it on a decorative wheel dolly before filling it with your planting mixture. This way you will be able to move it even when the soil inside is moist and heavy.
If you coat this container with plastic before planting you can reduce water loss through the sides. The easiest thing to use is a plastic bag large enough to touch the sides of the pot around it. Remember to puncture the drainage hole at the bottom. When you add a planting mixture, hide the side of the bag by pushing it into the mixture before you plant.
Because all clay pots are porous, they don’t do well outside during the winter. The moisture in the pot will expand if it freezes, often breaking the pot. Cement and other stone containers will also often crack in freezing for the same reason. Consider whether you will be able to bring your pot to a warmer shelter during the winter. If this is not possible, and you want to maintain your garden, choose another type of container.