Our favorite pots and plant supports


When choosing the pot that will work the best, take into account what your plant has been supplied with. Plants are sold by size, and this measurement refers to the size of the pot, not that of the plant itself. A 4-inch plant fits in a 4-inch pot, a 10-inch plant in a 10-inch pot, and so on. A common rule of thumb we’ve seen when repotting a new plant is to have a diameter that is 1 or 2 inches larger. This allows you to add new soil around the potting mix, with fresh nutrients to remove and more room for the roots to feel at home.

This is also a good rule of thumb if you are repotting a plant that you have had for a while. If the roots are growing out of the drainage holes, if your plant feels stuck in its current pot, or if it isn’t absorbing water like it used to, your plant probably needs a pot a few inches taller. If your plant has too much space, or if it seems to be sitting in water that never really drains, you may need to downsize. Plants are fickle, and water problems can be a sign of underwatering, overwatering, too large a pot, or too small a pot.

If you are really stuck trying to identify what your factory needs, ask your local extension office. Many have a Master Gardener program, with experts who can help you identify plant problems via email and a few photos. Google your state or county and “ask a master gardener” to see what’s available. Local nurseries with knowledgeable staff can also guide you. If you’ve found the perfect pot, but need some advice on the right plant to put in it, or you’re not sure which pot size is right for your plants, they might be able to help you figure out what to do with it. suggestions.

Like all loving plant parents, Wirecutter employees care deeply about how they display their plants. These are the plant pots and stands that our staff love for their style and substance.

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