Indoor Planter Pots: 13 Things to Know

Bringing plants from outside to inside the home is a fantastic idea. Whether your plants are edible or just for show, all plants are scientifically proven to reduce stress and purify the air in the home. 

Indoor planting can be especially beneficial to those who want to grow their own food but lack the space outdoors to do so, great for apartment dwellers!

Indoor plants need to be housed in planter pots as a home to provide them with all they need and contain them within the home. When choosing your indoor planter pots, there are many things to keep in mind! Here are 13 of our best tips for indoor planter pots.

Pot Choice

The first thing to address is deciding what kind of pot will be featured as one of your indoor planters. There are a few popular choices, your pick should depend on what is going to live in your planter.

  • Clay – traditionally a popular choice as they are sturdy and neutral in colour. They are porous so can let any excess water evaporate, reducing the risk of overwatering (the most common downfall to plants indoors). Toxins can escape the same way!
  • Plastic – these pots don’t let water escape the same way, which can be detrimental to plants who don’t like wet feet, but awesome for plants who require much more moisture.
  • Metal – these planters are popular for being lightweight and tough. Be aware of placement though, metal planters can heat up quickly in the sun and even cook roots of sensitive plants.

Utilizing Space

Indoor planters can take up a lot of living space and for those who are limited for space, choosing space-efficient planters should be a priority!

Indoor planter pots can be placed in otherwise unused areas such as window sills, the top of shelves and cabinets, hung from the roof or hung to free wall spaces.

If you are limited for space consider looking at your space vertically. Chose planters that go up instead of outwards to make the most of space!

Plant-proofing The Home

Let’s face it, plants can be messy. Full of grubby soil and watered often, it can easily cause stains and damage in your home. Climbing plants can quickly take over your home if you don’t give them any direction.

Here are our top tips for plants to co-existing peacefully in the home.

Use Cover Pots 

Many pots have drainage holes for excess water to escape, if this is the case you should use a 2nd “cover pot” to catch the excess water from getting all over carpet and furniture. Picking up a planter to find it has rotted the carpet underneath is not ideal! A saucer under the pot works just as well.

Don’t Overfill 

When potting your indoor planters, leave a gap between the top of the pot and the top of the soil so there is less risk of soil getting flicked out onto the ground with movement.

Use Planter Stands 

Pot stands will create a barrier between your planter and the floor. Not only will this avoid any rotting of carpets or moisture stains on furniture but also provides great airflow.

Utilize Climbing Frames

Plants that produce aerial roots and climb structures can easily cause damage to walls by rooting into wallpaper, paint and wood. Provide a climbing frame to your indoor planter pot to give your ambitious plants direction.

Drainage 

When choosing and managing your indoor planter pots, drainage is absolutely vital. Overwatering is actually worse for plants than underwatering! Providing drainage to your planters will let excess water escape.

Poor drainage can result in the roots of your plants actually rotting. By the time you see the effects of root rot above the soil, it is already too late to save your beloved plant.

Drainage efficiency also depends on what your soil is made up of so keep this in mind when bringing planters into the home.

If you can’t easily provide perfect drainage for your planters ensure you water your plants less as you don’t want water pooling in the planter pot.

Placement

The placement of your indoor plant pots will be vital to the health of your plants. Make sure you do thorough research on the type of plants you plant to find out how much light they like.

Some plants need full sun and others can exist happily enough in the shade.

Knowing what you are going to plant and what it requires to thrive will have you make the best decision when choosing where to place your new indoor planters, especially if you are securing them somewhere permanently!

Hazards

Last but not least, when planning your indoor planters and pots you should always keep in mind any potential hazards that may arise. Not all hazards are obvious, so make sure you cover all your bases to ensure everyone in the home stays happy and healthy (including your plants!).

Height

The height of your indoor plant can influence the risk it poses. If placed high and unsecured, big events such as earthquakes can violently and easily dislodge pots, posing an immediate hazard to whoever is unfortunate enough to be nearby.

Animals in the home are especially good at knocking over pots also (anyone with both a cat and indoor plants will know this!).

If your indoor planter pots are high, think of how they can be safely secured.

Reachability

Some plants are toxic to humans and/or pets. Do your research on the contents of your indoor planters and if you find they pose a risk to those who ingest them, do your best to keep these planters well out of reach of any children or pets.

Weight

Pots come in all shapes and sizes. They all differ in weight. The heavier the pot, the more risk it can pose if it falls or tips onto someone or something. Arrange your indoor planter pots so that heavier pots are lower to the ground, while light pots can safely be up high.