Lesser-known Advantages of the Good Old Plastic Flower Pots

Advantages of Plastic Flower Pots
Though you may consider them to be 'cheap', plastic flower pots offer a lot of advantages, particularly to the amateur gardener. Find here, these advantages and the varieties of such pots available.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Mar 4, 2018
Gardening enthusiasts are always on the lookout for something new. Whether it is new tools that ease the process, or newer varieties of pots that offer better features than their traditional counterparts, there is always something that seems to be more efficient and improves the quality of the final product. True to this fact is the use of plastic flower pots. Though they have been around for a while now, not many people are aware of the benefits of using these over their clay counterparts. There are numerous of these benefits, and plastic pots may be your best choice, particularly if you have just started off with gardening as your hobby, or if you are a container gardening enthusiast.
Advantages
Let's start with their durability. Plastic is obviously a much more durable material than terracotta. It does not absorb water and therefore does not rot, it resists the harshness of sunlight, and it is not as brittle as the clay pots or planters one may be using. On the other hand, they do not rust like the stainless steel pots that a lot of people now prefer. They are cheap and easily replaceable if necessary. Further, they are much lighter, which makes them easy to transport from one place to another. Even the larger ones can be transported easily in comparison to the terracotta ones. They do not create a mess as do some clay pots, which is why they are a perfect choice for indoor gardening. Finally, the range of design is as large, and perhaps greater than those available in other types of pots used to grow plants and flowers. This means you have added advantages in terms of both, form and function. With so many benefits, there is no reason why you shouldn't choose these for your next gardening venture.
Making the Right Choice
It is easy to find plastic pots for sale at different home and lifestyle stores, in a great variety. This variety is also available online. Not only do you have a variety in terms of molded edges and designs, you also have a variety in terms of the shapes and sizes. For instance, plastic bulb flower pots are shallow but wide, which allows you to use them for plants with shallow roots. Square ones on the other hand, can hold large amounts of soil in comparison to their round counterparts, thereby making them suitable to hold plants for a longer period before being transplanted into larger pots.
These also come in a variety of finishes. Take for example, plastic terracotta flower pots. Though made of plastic, these have a finish that make them look like they are made from authentic terracotta. This means you get both the durability of plastic, and the beauty of terracotta in one piece. Apart from the terracotta finish, you can find these in stone finishes with intricate designs and patterns, which when placed in your garden, can create wonderful focal points. They may also be available in the shape of an urn, to add to an authentic traditional look. Plastic pots may be available in a hanging variety, for those of you who prefer to create hanging gardens.
You ought to know that the decorative varieties with their unique finishes are more expensive than the plain ones. However, there are ways in which you can embellish these to resemble the decorative types. Those of you who have a creative mind can create textures on the pots with various tools such as a comb, paint over them in different designs, or add ceramic embellishments to give them a rustic, earthy appearance.
Now that you are aware of the advantages of using plastic flower pots over any other variety, and of the ways in which you can transform a boring pot into a masterpiece, go ahead and engage yourself in finding the right ones for your gardening endeavors.
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