A planter (or pot, depending on your choice of terms) is key to the success of your plants. It needs to be the right size and material. It's also helpful if it's durable, attractive, and well-priced. But drainage is a major key to being happy with the planter you purchase, says garden expert Erin Hynes, a former horticulture extension agent and author of numerous garden books.
"The most important rule is to choose a planter with drainage holes in the bottom, so the soil doesn’t become waterlogged," Hynes says. "Well-drained planters are the best protection against drowning plants.” Without good drainage outdoors, rain can collect and drown or rot your plants. Indoors, it's tricky to prevent overwatering unless the pot drains.
In researching the best planters, we kept in mind value, durability, style, and how well the planter suits different plants and growing needs. We also looked for planters that are suitable for all the many plants gardeners grow: houseplants; succulents; African violets; orchids; vegetables, such as lettuces and tomatoes; herbs; annual flowers; and more.
Our Best Selling:
- This flowerpot set includes 3 plant stands in different sizes, allowing you to cultivate various plants. 3 flowerpot stands can be placed together or individually in different areas. 3 deep flowerpots provide large spaces to display plants.
- Equipped with drainage holes, to avoid draining excess water.
- The metal frame provides enough support, keeps stable, not easy to wobble
- Suitable for decorating any indoor and outdoor areas, home, office, garden, etc
Size of the Large-Size Plant Stand: 8.5"x 8.5"x 16"(L x W x H)
Size of the Medium-Size Plant Stand: 7.5"x 7.5"x 12.5"L x W x H)
Size of the Small-Size Plant Stand: 6.5"x 6.5"x 10.5"(L x W x H) |
Placement: Indoors or outdoors
- Equipped with 5 practical planter boxes that are staggered, buy one and you will get 5 small planter boxes for growing a variety of herbs, vegetables and flowers, saving time and space to find several planter boxes.
- Its 5 large-capacity garden boxes are staggered on both sides to ensure that different plants have enough space to grow healthily.
Price at time of publish: $69.95
Dimensions: 25.5" x 36"x 31" | Material: Metal, PE | Placement: Indoors or outdoors
- It can take some searching to find an affordable wooden planter that is also well made, but this one fits the bill. Made of solid cedar, it has legs that lift the bottom off the ground, promoting ventilation that protects the planter and any wood it might sit on. For additional ventilation, there's space between the slats that comprise the sides. Additionally, the bottom is removable.
- One of this planter's best attributes is its versatility: You can fold it and move it not only to store in the offseason but even during the growing year, when lighting conditions change. To take advantage of this, however, we recommend that you set a pot inside the box instead of filling it with soil, as it's designed. Not only does this make it easier to move the planter but it also prolongs the planter's life and prevents any soil from sifting. We also recommend that you paint the planter or apply an outdoor wood sealer to extend its life even further.
Price at time of publish: $59.99
Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 14 inches | Material: Cedar | Placement: Indoors or outdoors
- Made of steel, the trellis is weather-Resistant & Rust-Proof, so it can provide strong support for plants to grow better, hold plants in a graceful shape, and prevent flopping. Besides, there exist 16 ground stakes for fixation.
- Whether you want an A-shaped climbing frame or a rectangular-shaped climbing frame, it is easy to assemble by rotating spring connectors and buckles. It’s ideal for climbing plants, especially for heavier fruits and vegetables to grow in the desired direction.
Price at time of publish: $99.95
Dimensions: 50.5'' x 17'' | Material: Steel, PP | Placement: Outdoors
- Most flowers blossom in Spring and Summer, so it’s difficult for them to survive in Autumn or in Winter. Designed with the lid, this green house will help you reach your aim to plant flowers in cold weather.
- Feature with solid fir woodframe, the greenhouse is durable and sturdy. Perfect size for the mini greenhouse, you can put it in your backyard, garden, yard and other livingspace.Flowers in it can enjoy sunbathing and grow healthy in cloudy, in snowy or in other conditions.
Price at time of publish: $89.95
Dimensions: 39.5" x 25" x 15" | Material: Chinese fir wood and PC board | Placement: Outdoors
- This elevated planted box is designed with a drawer, a bottom shelf, trellis and a planter box, meeting your various needs in one. The planter box is also equipped with a drainage hole for better air circulation and quick drainage, keeping the plants healthy.
- With ample space, you can place heavy and large gardening tools and potted plants on the bottom shelf while store frequently-used instruments in the drawer under the tabletop. It’s also a beautiful decor to the garden or deck.
Price at time of publish: $164.95
Dimensions: 47" x 16.5" x 59.5" | Material: Fir Wood + MDF | Placement: Outdoors
What to Look for in a Planter
To prevent overwatering, many planters have holes in the bottom. As overwatering is one of the most common ways to kill plants, this isn't necessary but can be helpful if you're a beginner.
"The most important rule is to choose a planter with drainage holes in the bottom, so the soil doesn’t become waterlogged," says Erin Hynes, a former horticulture extension agent and author of numerous garden books. Rain collects and can drown or rot your plants without good drainage outdoors. Indoors, it's tricky to prevent overwatering unless the pot drains.
In order to prevent water from getting onto your walls and floors, most hanging pots and wall planters do not have drainage holes. Some, like the Convivial Arched Hanging Planter, have a draining hole, allowing you to water your trailing plants in the sink easily.
It's important to think about the pot's material before making a purchase. While ceramic planters are a popular choice, there is a wide range of materials available to choose from.
Plastic is an inexpensive choice that is durable and can be shaped into many styles and colors. It's also excellent for keeping soil evenly moist. However, especially in warmer climates, direct sunlight can destroy cheap plastic and fade colors. When shopping for plastic or similar pots, look for thicker planters billed as UV-resistant.
Wood planters can be expensive and, if not well made, last only a year or two. Look for quality construction and protective finishes such as paint and sealants.
Metal containers are attractive and available in a wide variety of materials, including galvanized steel, brass, copper, and more. They tend to overheat in hot climates, and some are not rust-resistant.
Concrete containers are heavy but durable. They resist cracking and freezing in cold climates as long as the soil is removed for the winter.
"There’s no simple formula for calculating size,” Hynes notes. “So find out how large the plant will ultimately get." With most indoor plants, choose a planter that’s about 2 inches in diameter larger than the current container. Hynes also recommends that you look for a planter that can be moved when needed and, if intended to be used outdoors, stored in a protected space at the end of the season.
This blog's reference article: The 13 Best Planters of 2023 from https://www.thespruce.com