What is the difference between indoor and outdoor plant pots?

Outdoor pots should have at least one drainage hole to ensure water can run freely through the soil and out the bottom. Indoor pots will generally not have a drainage hole, with the plant generally kept in its plastic pot using the decorative or ‘cache’ pot as the saucer.

Do indoor plant pots need holes?

Plants that don’t like a lot of moisture will need a drainage hole for moisture to escape and for airflow to circulate through the pot. Another important function of drainage holes is to allow water to flush the soil of excess salts from fertilizers.

What do you put under plant pots indoors?

Line a drainage saucer with a layer of pebbles, gravel or sand, which allows the container to drain freely and prevents the bottom of the pot from standing in water.

Do outdoor plant pots need holes?

Check for drainage holes – Most plant pots are made with drainage holes so that excess water can drain away (if it can’t, the plant will rot). If a pot doesn’t have holes, you’ll need to make some.

Why do some plant pots not have holes?

Plant pots without drainage holes are known as cachepots, and they are commonly used to aesthetically hide grow pots that hold houseplants. Planting directly into decorative containers increases the risk of overwatering.

Should you drill holes in flower pots?

Drilling holes in resin planters allows plants to grow and stay healthy. Proper drainage is necessary for your plants to thrive. A container garden that is kept outside receives rainwater in addition to routine watering by the gardener. This can cause extra water than is actually needed.

How do I get good drainage in my pots?

  1. Use the right container with drainage holes.
  2. Prepare the container with the right materials.
  3. Use good potting soil with the right texture.
  4. Add compost to the potting soil.
  5. Add amendments to the potting soil.
  6. Improve the soil if it has turned hydrophobic.

Can you drill holes in ceramic pots?

It’s possible to drill a hole in a ceramic pot with a regular drill bit. However, using a regular bit on unglazed ceramic is much easier. Glazed ceramic, which is what most store-bought pots are, will make it hard for the bit to “grab on” to the pot to start drilling the hole.

Can you use outdoor planter inside?

Good news, plant lovers: the end of the outdoor gardening season does not have to mean the end of your container plants. Although most will not survive the winter in cold climates, they can be brought indoors as houseplants to help them make it through the colder months.

Are terracotta pots good for indoor plants?

Terra cotta pots are a great option for indoor use, especially when it comes to plants that prefer dry soil, like succulents and cacti. These porous clay pots absorb water and allow excess moisture to be released from the soil more quickly.

What kind of pots are good for plants?

Our advice is to go porous. Porous ceramics like terracotta will dry more evenly than plastic pots, and any wood planter will dry even faster than terracotta. Ceramic planters also are great choices. And if you’re worried about weight, fiberglass planters are ideal for plants 8″ or larger in diameter.

Do outdoor pots need saucers?

Most of us think that they can stand up to almost anything. However, they can be prone to damage from plant drainage. Therefore, you need plant saucers under all your outdoor plants.

Can ceramic pots be used outdoors?

Terracotta or clay pots cannot be stored outdoors. Since they are porous and retain some moisture, they are prone to cracking because the moisture in them will freeze and expand several times over the course of the winter.

How do you weatherproof ceramic?

  1. Place plastic sheeting or a dropcloth on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Use a paintbrush to apply a layer of latex waterproofing compound or waterproofing sealer evenly on the inside of the ceramic pot.
  3. Pour any excess latex waterproofing compound or waterproofing sealer back into its container.

Why do terracotta pots crack?

Clay pots may look sturdy and strong, but they’re often fragile and easy to chip or break. Because they’re porous, they absorb moisture like a sponge. Changes in the temperature, or freezing rain and snow can cause them to crack as the clay expands and contracts.

Does ceramic last outside?

You can keep your pottery outdoors. However, heat, cold, and water pose difficulties that need consideration if you are to keep your pottery intact. Water is absorbed by porous ceramics and expands when it heats or freezes. This can cause cracks.

Will ceramic pots crack in cold weather?

Usually, the water enters and drains out of the pot without any issue. But during the winter months, the water can become trapped inside of the planter and freeze, which means it also expands. This expansion causes the pot to crack.

Can ceramic crack in cold weather?

ANSWER. ANSWER – If the ceramic tile is installed correctly it can be used in cold environments without cracking as long as it isn’t subjected to moisture during freeze thaw conditions. Some tiles like porcelain ceramic tile are impervious, so they are not affected by moisture in freeze thaw environments.

Do plants grow better indoors or outdoors?

Unless you are willing to set aside a large area of your home, then larger plants would be better suited to grow outside. Since plants need sunlight to grow it would seem best to keep them outside, but if you are willing to purchase specialized light bulbs that mimic the sun then you could grow the plant indoors.


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