WHICH POT OR PLANTER?

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The best pots are those with drainage holes. Wa­ter can be­come sour and in­door plants can fail to thrive in pots that don’t drain well or al­low roots to breathe. If you want to use a ceramic, metal or glass pot that doesn’t drain, use it as an outer pot and keep your plant in a plas­tic pot inside it and use a char­coal or moss layer at the base to soak up ex­cess wa­ter and keep it clean. Ter­rar­i­ums, which work like mini ecosys­tems, nor­mally have a base layer of char­coal, then peb­bles, then moss to help pu­rify the wa­ter. They grow eas­ily in a bright po­si­tion, but it can be tricky to do any main­te­nance work, such as trim­ming old fronds.

Con­sider how easy the plant will be to re-pot. Urn-shaped pots can be im­pos­si­ble to re­plant.

Some planters are made as self-wa­ter­ing or wick­ing pots, which are great if you’re for­get­ful or travel a lot.

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