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Plant pots

I'm doing a DT project at the moment on green gardening, and I've decided to make a plant pot. As part of my project I have to conduct a small survey:

What attributes should a plant pot have?

     for example:

          - size, look, function, manufacture, safety, weight

How much do you think a plant pot should ideally be priced at?



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,917

    A plant pot needs to be fit for purpose - however there are many purposes for a plant pot, depending on what sort of plant is going to be planted in it.  A large pot for a shrub or fruit tree will need to be made of terracotta or earthernware, but frost proof so it can be left outside all round, and it will need to look attractive on your patio or terrace.

    A plant pot for layering spring bulbs needs to be quite deep whereas a pot for alpine plants and some smaller bubs needs to be shallower.

    A plant pot which is going to be used to pot on growing plants temporarily can be relatively basic, whereas something for more long-term planting needs other qualities.

    The price will be according to the type and size of pot.

    Sorry, don't suppose that's of much help. image


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  • ElusiveElusive Posts: 992

    I think you might have scared her off Dove xD

    But yes Dove is right, there are many factors to think of first about what the pot will actually be used for.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,917

    Don't want to scare anyone off image but it's no good designing something if you don't know what you're designing it to do image

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

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,431

    Is it biodegradeable for short term use, or hard wearing for permanent planting.?

     If its going to be green will it be made out  of recyclable materials, or have minimum amounts of non renewables like petrochemicals.? You can make pots out of coir, totally renewable, but the fuel involved to transport the coir is considerable.

  • Thanks everyone for the response. And I was thinking of making a pot out of either wood or plastic for climbing plant. Does that help at all?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,917

    Some climbers, eg clematis and honeysuckle, need a cool root run so plastic isn't a good idea for them as it absorbs the heat from sunlight.  Wood might be a good idea for them as it doesn't transmit heat easily. Don't forget to provide plenty of drainage. 

    Good luck with the project image

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

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