Sep 09, 2017 - 02:50 AM
There are numerous choices in the market when it comes to picking the right pot for your plant. Among them are plastic pots, black plastic pots, white polystyrene, ceramic, stone, self-watering pots, wall mounted baskets, wooden windows, metal containers, and grow bags.
Today, two stand out the most out of all the pots currently available in the market, the plastic pot and ceramic pot. Both have their own unique advantage and disadvantage. For the plastic pot, it has a wide variety of designs in the market. Moreover, their durability and flexibility made them extra easy to use. They are also easier to clean and disinfect. However, the downside is that they provide little or no insulation.
Ceramic pots on the other hand, possess a huge set of advantages. One of which is that it allows for more air and water movement, which means healthier plants. In addition, it can also provide sufficient drainage for majority of plant species.
As for the ceramic pot’s aesthetics and ergonomics, it can come glazed, unglazed, or in the form of terracotta. This means that you will have little to no problems when it comes to pairing the pot with your home’s current design. Moreover, unglazed ceramic pots have the tendency to age gracefully since it can absorb the salt minerals from the soil, making it get these white markings over time.
Ceramic pots also tend to be base heavy, making them perfect for the outdoors or for top-heavy plants. The ceramic pot’s heavy base provides ample balance to prevent the plants to get toppled over by strong winds or stubborn pets.
Not to mention that clay ceramic pots are one of the most affordable choices in the gardening industry. Clay pots can cost just as much as plastic ones no matter its size. You can even save a lot more money if you are willing to get reused clay pots for your home garden.
Another benefit of using ceramic pots is its versatility when it comes to certain climate conditions. Clay ceramic pots for one, has the ability to slow down the transfer of heat from the environment down to the soil. Clay pots can even greatly lessen the heat through water vapor, providing you with added flexibility when it comes to choosing where to put your plant.
However, even though ceramic pots have plenty of advantages, it still has its fair share of disadvantages. The first disadvantage of ceramic pots is that it is very fragile. Durability is not its strong suit since a slight bump or a low fall may break it into pieces.
Another disadvantage of ceramic pots is that it is prone to cracking when subjected to cold weather, especially when the soil inside it freezes. And since it can retain heat for a long duration during the hot season, it can either be a pro or a con depending on what kind of plant is in it.
Lastly, ceramic pots can be a pain in the neck when it comes to re-potting a plant. You need to be extra careful when doing so since the ceramic pot can easily break when mishandled. It also doesn’t dry as quick as plastic pots.
The bottom line is, ceramic pots are great for plants, especially for species that require plenty of moisture.
For best results, try using your ceramic pot with plants that require dry soil and lots of water since its greatest strength is being effective at circulating air and water movement.