Having succulents like CAL Farms 36 of 2″ Beautiful Rosettes Succulents Weddings or Party Favors or Succulent Gardens in or outside of your house is cool enough. What makes it cooler, though, is the pots that they come with. The different colors and textures could make everyone, even the most anti-plant person in the world, fall in love with. The common materials used for succulent containers are ceramic, plastic, wood, metal, and glass.
Which material for succulent containers do you like best? Which material is ideal for your garden? In order to determine what kind of material you must choose, you must first identify the climate in your location and the arrangement of the succulents in the pot.
1. Ceramic or Terra Cota
Ceramic and terra cota pots like 6 In Set 2.5 Inch Owl Pot Ceramic Flowing Glaze Base Set Succulent Plant Pot Cactus Plant Pot Flower Pot Container Planter are both breathable materials, which means that they work best in areas that do not get a lot of air flowing. You can use them both for indoors and outdoors. However, if you’re going to use it for outdoors, you must be careful about putting it under direct sunlight because ceramic can get very hot and might dry out the plants. The hard thing about using terra cota or ceramic is they can be quite heavy, so it’s difficult to move them to other places in your garden. These types of pots are also fragile, so you have to be careful moving them around.
Plastic is another option for succulent pots. Unlike ceramic, plastic pots are lighter, though they are a lot less breathable. Water does not evaporate to well in plastic pots. If you use a well-draining soil, that is one solution to the “breathable” problem of plastic pots. This shouldn’t be a big issue for planters because plastic pots have a range of colors and sizes and designs that it’s hard to ignore them.
Another interesting material to use for your pots is wood. You can use a driftwood to house your succulents. This is one of the best options for outdoor gardens because it can survive under direct sunlight since it stays cool and retains water. However, if you’re planting in an area with less sunlight and airflow, you will notice that wood can easily rot or keep your soil wet for too long. It may also break down over time. Wood may not last as long as ceramic, plastic, or other kinds of pots. But if you choose the area for it well enough, it can make your garden look gorgeous.
You can use metal, yes, but you have to be extra careful about this material because it changes temperature and can heat up the soil quickly. Metals can also rust, unless the pot was specifically made for planting. If it is not, the rust will be unhealthy for the succulents.
Using glass as decorative piece for your succulents is a great idea. However, you must remember that glass doesn’t have drainage holes. You’ll have to drill holes in them. It is not as breathable as other materials, too, meaning that unless your container has a wide opening to allow a lot of airflow, glass may not work as a material for your succulent pot. It can also get dirty easily, so you’ll have to clean it every chance you get.