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Functional and Decorative Flower PotsFunction is one of the primary features to consider in flower pots. Beauty is usually the goal -- but a functional pot focuses your attention on the beauty of the plant itself.
Decorative flower pots come in all kinds of materials, and the most important feature is to match the depth and size to the needs of your plants. They can be molded plastic with elegant sculpting, or simple cast faux stone...be sure they are properly cleaned, seasoned and have proper drainage.
Pots help us surround ourselves with nature. We use pots to bring green indoors. To isolate a plant that could be invasive in a natural setting. And we use pots to create a "movable garden" that's easy to rearrange to meet the needs of the plants -- and our own decorating desires. Here are some tips and insights about pots avilable in today's marketplace.
Pot FeetSolid resin figurines lift heavy pots to allow drainage and prevent ring stains.
Hanging Flower PotHangers range from string to wire to elegant chains...or hanging shelves that nestle your miniature flower garden in elegance. See The Tiered Garden.com for an example of an elegant flower pot hanger
Outdoor Flower PotContainer gardening outdoors brings an elegant order to a patio or deck. Pots of various sizes can match the needs of the plants, and provide staggered, or tiered landscaping. Outdoor flower pots dry out quickly, so the larger the better. And glazed, plastic or metal will hold moisture longer than unglazed terra cotta or pottery pots.
Wooden Flower PotsSoil and wood don't make good neighbors...when you want the warm feel of wood with your container gardening, it will be helpful to line the wood with a heavy sheet of plastic or a fitted pot liner. This will keep the wood from being stained by the moisture and also from rotting.
Metal Flower PotsMetals such as copper and aluminum give container gardens a modern look. Moisture can be a factor, but many metals withstand moisture better than woods. The heavy duty cast or molded metal pot can be a long life addition to a classic garden design.
Lightweight Flower PotsLightweight fiberglass urns and fountains add elegant texture and sound to your garden --whether it's a small patio or a meandering garden.
Clay Flower Pots -- Also known as Terra Cotta Flower PotUnglazed clay pots allow water to evaporate into the air. This can be helpful for some plants that like it dry -- such as cacti -- but for plants such as ferns that like moisture, you might consider a double clay pot arrangement that puts a layer of cooling space/shade or mulch between the two pots. The outer pot, of course, could be a decorative pot.
Plastic Flower PotsBenefit: water less often than if your plants live in unglazed clay pots. Plastic pots are also most often the cheapest pots, with a shorter lifespan.
Ceramic Flower PotsGlazed ceramic pots hold moisture much like plastic pots. They add greater beauty to decorative settings, and their weight can be substantial in larger pots -- so beware of placing them on shelving.
ENJOYThe convenience of pots make it possible to enjoy flowers and greenery anywhere. Isn't that a simple miracle?
LEARNExperimentation can help you determine the best size pots for different kinds of plants. Plants with long roots need deep pots, shallow roots, such as cacti, thrive in shallow pots. Learning never ends...gardening is a living adventure.
MAKE A CHOICETrading pots with friends and club members can be a great way to test theories and learn by making inexpensive choices. Friends and flowers are a great choice!
MAKE A CHANGEWhat WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.
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