Types of pots: how to choose the appropriate one for your plants

Far from being a secondary aspect, they are a crucial element for the development of a plant. Something that forces us to know a little more about the types of pots that exist and what their different applications are. The way to get best pots to grow marijuana right when we choose it; and make our plant not only look prettier than it is but, above all, grow with health and wellbeing.

A pot or window box is not just the container in which we have a plant. It is also your home and your natural living environment. Two good reasons to choose a pot according to the specific needs of a plant, beyond aesthetic issues.

If some months ago we saw how to correctly choose a pot according to the material in which it is made or the size of it, today we want to focus on other aspects as important as these.


At first sight, we can believe that a pot is still a pot and that it is perfect for any space. However, the types of indoor and outdoor pots vary substantially in the same way that the specific requirements of plants in one environment or another change.

To begin with, if we have to choose pots for outdoor plants we will have to consider some fundamental needs:

  • Opting for a pot with a guarantee of correct drainage: especially for pots located in gardens or terraces and without a roof to cover them, it is essential to carefully review this issue. It must be taken into account that in pots exposed to rain we cannot control the amount of watering, so being able to evacuate any excess is vital to prevent the plant’s roots from rotting. Sometimes the drainage holes are marked on the pot itself so that we can make them according to the use we are going to give them.
  • Choose a material that is resistant to frost and UV rays from the sun: checking this aspect will guarantee that in moments of extreme temperature, both upwards and downwards, the pots will maintain their original state and function! In this last aspect, both fibreglass and plastic pots are ideal. We should always avoid metal and glass pots, which can break with changes in temperature.
  • Choose pots that facilitate transport: if in our garden or terrace we see large plants, such as palms or fruit trees, we must choose pots that allow us to attach wheels to move them easily.

When choosing between the types of pots when it comes to indoor plants, we will have fewer demands:

  • Any material is suitable for indoor pots: something that includes both glass and metal, since temperatures inside a house are always more stable and balanced.
  • Opting for self-watering pots: a perfect option for the maintenance of indoor plants but also to minimize the cleaning around them. These types of pots have a specific tank for water, which will make watering easier for plants that live in dry environments.


In addition to knowing the definitive location of a plant before choosing between the different types of pots, it is also essential to inform us if you have specific needs. There are plants that, either because of the arrangement of their roots or because of their growth needs, demand specific pots. This is something that you should always be aware of when purchasing plants, in order to be able to give the plant exactly what it needs.

And, although it is ideal to get information about each plant, let’s know some that will demand special pots:

Bonsai pots

Due to their shallow root systems, the tray-type pots are suitable for both bonsai and small cactus care.

The ideal container for the roots of both bonsai and cactus to grow as wide as needed.

Pots for fattening plants

Unlike the plants we have just mentioned, crass plants demand a tight space in which to create their roots. A compelling reason for us to opt for small diameter pots.

In addition, it is more than recommended that we choose clay pots. Thanks to their porosity, they allow water to evaporate. Something more than positive for these plants that do not tolerate excess humidity well.

Orchid pots

The vast majority of orchid types demand transparent pots that allow them to have light directly on the roots. This is key not only to ensure the growth of the plant but also, and mainly, for its flowering.

In addition, and due to the dangers of overwatering in orchids, this type of pot usually has more drainage holes to guarantee the correct evacuation of excess water.

Different types of pots to achieve the most important thing: that our plants are comfortable and give us their natural beauty.