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How to choose pots?

Hi there!

I’m pretty new to indoor gardening and I want to grow some flowers to give some colors to my small apartment.

Now I am wondering which type of pot should I pick for my plants? I see many people recommend terracotta pots but I live on the 6th floor and I am afraid I cannot carry them to my apartment (the lift has been in maintenance since summer and I have no idea when it will be able to use). And some people say plastic pots are good for beginners as well, but I also read that some plastic pots leach chemicals over time. So anyone can give a hand on how to choose the right pot for my plants? I really want to make sure that I can give my plants a safe environment to grow.


Thank you!

And sorry for my poor English as English is not my first language :(



  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Hallo Sonia, and welcome to the forum.  Houseplants will do fine in plastic pots.  They don't dry out as quickly as terracotta, so you don't need to water so often.  But they aren't as attractive, so you might like to put them inside more decorative pots.  I've never heard of harmful chemicals escaping from plastic pots, but others may have more information about that.  Your English is excellent.  Until I read the last line, it didn't occur to me it might not be your first language.  Well done!
  • Hi, when you buy a plant it obviously will be in a plastic pot, keep it in that and put it inside a pretty pot. Think outside the box and you may find that you already have containers that will do the job. Old tins, ceramic biscuit barrels etc. If you want to go for a more modern minimalistic look, Elho do some good quality plastic pots.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,041
    And it’s always possible to make pots more attractive yourself ... there are lots of tips on the internet ... here’s just one site,to%20add%20some%20glamor.%20...%20More%20items...%20

    Enjoy 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,183
    Plastic pots are fine, light weight and durable.  They even come in fancy colours these days.   However, they need a saucer or another pot in which to sit so that they can drain and that's where you can get creative.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • Aww guys you are very sweet! Thank you for all the suggestions! I haven't figured out how to reply yet (maybe I should just click Quote?) so I'm just expressing my thanks here!
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,041
    That’s the best way to reply @sonia426 😊 
    if you want to mention anyone by name you can, and if you want to make sure they see your comment you can tag them by putting @ before their name (a drop down list of options should appear). But just replying and saying thanks as you have warms our hearts and makes us smile 😊 
    Welcome to the forum
    ... hope to hear more from you 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • LTobyLToby Posts: 224
    @sonia426 - You can also use an open-top multi-coloured or plain basket that you have in your house, big enough to accommodate your plant pot, then add an old plate that is bigger than the plant pot inside the basket, this will catch unwanted drip of water, then put your plant inside it, wala! you've got an innovative plant planter - enjoy and welcome to the forum
    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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