Having a 100%, completely watertight pot is not necessarily a good thing. If you need to transport water then naturally you don’t want to leak water everywhere. When it comes to a potted garden, however, you want to provide your plants well drained soil. Waterlogged soil is a sure way to kill just about any plant. If you don’t provide oxygen to the roots, you are opening the door to many diseases that can infect the plant. Plants begin to wilt as their roots decay. It will appear much like they’re being dehydrated and you may think they need water. Rotting roots will remove a plant’s water supply. Regardless of what types of containers you decided to use, you need to be absolutely sure of one thing: drain holes. It won’t make a significant difference if you choose a good type of pot if there is no hole for water drainage.
The best type of pot is the good old fashioned clay pot. Clay (also known as terra cotta) pots are porous. This means it allows air to flow through the pot. In essence, they are breathable. This can also be a disadvantage. The heat from hot sunny days will cause water vapor to pour out the sides of the container. If your plants seem to be wilting slightly then you may need to move them in the shade for the rest of the day. You also need to be cautious when planting. The sides of clay pots hold water and will want to soak up all the water they can get the first few times you start watering. It’s best if you soak the pots before you start planting. Order plants online and start planting in a clay pot. Keep in mind to water it first before setting the plant in it.
Glazed pots do not work the same as clay. The coating that is added to the outside of the pot creates a water-proofing that blocks the pores. Plastic, fiberglass, and metal containers are much the same. They allow virtually no air flow. Wood, on the other hand, is more like clay. The fibers of wood work like pores and work great. Unfortunately, they have the disadvantage of rotting. It’s only so long before the pot becomes useless. You can slow the process down by using a non toxic preservative. They are quite decorative and attractive. You can send plants online to your near and dear ones.
It is a mixture of sand, aggregate, cement it also requires water initially but afterward it doesn’t need water so plants in these pots are a bit safe because they don’t absorb the water in winter but in summer they do absorb. So keep watering the pots as well to keep the plant safe and healthy. Overwatering is much harmful rather than watering less. So find a suitable pot for your lovely plants and let them grow.
There is no reason to only use one type of pot. Where’s the creativity in that? The bottom line is that if a plant has sensitive roots then you probably want to pick a pot that will work with it. Some plants will actually thrive in slightly boggy conditions. If on some occasion you decide to grow a more sensitive plant in a less than satisfactory pot, follow these tips: (1) Use a larger pot.
The extra space at the bottom gives a place for water to drain. (2) Don’t overwater. This sounds over simplified but it’s the best advice I have. Avoid the problem of swampy soil from the start. (3) Leave a little time between watering. Let the soil dry out a little before watering again.
It is easier for a plant to recover from under watering than overwatering. If you’re not sure how much water is best for a plant, go on the safe side and underwater.