There are a lot of different kinds of garden pots on the market. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as materials such as clay, plastic, and terra cotta. So, it can be confusing to figure out which one is right for you.
The correct size of a plant pot is critical for healthy plant growth and happy houseplants. Choosing the wrong size pot can cause a number of problems, including root rot and water logging.
When deciding on the right size, you need to take into account your plant’s full-grown width and height as well as the amount of space it will need for water drainage. Also, consider the weight of your plant and its potting soil. If you’re planning to move your plant around or use it as a stand, make sure you can lift it comfortably.
Measure the volume of your plant pot by itself (without the plant in it). This is usually a quick and easy process that doesn’t require any math skills or a calculator. Simply determine the diameter and depth of a round plant pot or the width, length, and height of a square or rectangular one.
If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can use a ruler to measure the diameter of your pot. Once you have the measurement, multiply it by 4.6 to get the volume. This will give you an idea of how big your pot is compared to the average gallon size.
Some nursery and gardening centers will provide you with a pot size that you can use when you’re buying your plants, but it’s still important to measure the container itself. This will ensure you’re getting a pot that will give your plants enough room for their roots to grow and will help you avoid overwatering or underwatering.
For example, if you have a pot that’s 3.5 inches wide, but it only holds 2 gallons of soil, it may not be a good fit for your plant. If your plant is a larger, bushier type of plant, it may be better to choose a larger pot that has more surface area for spreading its roots.
This will also allow for adequate drainage, which will keep your plant from becoming overwatered or underwatered and causing issues such as root rot. Additionally, if you have a pot that doesn’t have adequate drainage, water may sit at the bottom, which can lead to fungus gnats and other plant problems.
Another great way to upcycle your existing pot is to re-purpose it as a planter. For instance, you can use old tires to create hanging tire planters or re-use old tea tin cans and caddies for herbs.
Upcycling a planter is a fun and creative way to add color and interest to your home, garden or patio. For instance, you can repurpose an old tabletop and turn it into a stunning planter by covering the top with a herringbone pattern or painting it a color that compliments your garden’s theme.