Every true plant lover understands the importance of selecting the right pot for their plants. The choice of pot has a significant impact on the plant’s growth, soil moisture retention, and root health.

As an avid planter, let me walk you through the three main categories of pots: ceramic/glazed, terra cotta/clay, and plastic. I will also provide insights on using containers without drainage holes and selecting the appropriate pot size for replanting.

While water and light play crucial roles in a plant’s health, the right pot is what showcases it good.


Personally, I have a deep fondness for terra cotta pots and would use them for all my plants if I could. They are readily available and come in standard shapes and sizes, making them easy to match with any plant. However, these pots are good suited for certain plants, such as succulents, that thrive in the characteristics of terra cotta.

Terra cotta pots have excellent water drainage and tend to dry out soil quickly. Made of clay, they are also more budget-friendly than ceramic pots. Their neutral color complements plants beautifully. Moreover, the pot’s color darkens when soaked with water, allowing you to gauge its moisture levels. However, keep in mind that these pots are prone to breakage and drying out, particularly in areas with high temperatures and low humidity. In winter, the clay can crack due to the cold.


Plastic pots are the most accessible and budget-friendly option for your plants. In fact, most plants available for purchase come in plastic pots. Their affordability allows you to accumulate a large collection of pots easily. Plastic pots are washable and reusable, making them ilow price for seed starting and plant propagation. However, it’s important to note that these pots retain water in the soil for longer periods. To prevent waterlogging, ensure that your plastic pots have drainage holes at the bottom. When watering, be cautious not to spill or overflow water onto surfaces, as prolonged contact with water can lead to root rot. The only downside is that plastic pots become brittle over time.


Ceramic or glazed pots are aesthetically pleasing, but they tend to be heavier, making them more suitable for small plants or succulents. If you frequently carry your plants to the sink for watering, a large ceramic planter can be cumbersome. Ceramic pots retain moisture in the soil, which benefits tropical plants. However, if you decide to use a ceramic pot purely for its decorative appeal, it’s essential to drill drainage holes at the bottom or use a plastic pot placed inside the ceramic one. This allows the ceramic pot to act as a reservoir for excess water, preventing spills on your floors.

In conclusion, selecting the right pot for your plants is crucial for their overall well-being. Consider the characteristics of each pot type and match them with the specific needs of your plants. By doing so, you will create an optimal environment for their growth and enhance the beauty of your plant collection.