Choosing Indoor Plant Containers

"If I see it in nature, I know it will work in a home."
—Miles Redd



Pairing your plant with the perfect pot is no easy feat. Size and drainage requirements are essential factors, and finding a pot that accentuates the beauty of your plant is key. To help you sort through it all, here are ten tips to keep in mind when choosing indoor containers.  

1. Buy your plant first, then the container. It’s much harder to find the right plant to fit the container.

2. Keep your plant in the nursery grow pot. It makes it easier to change containers, won’t disturb the roots, and grow pots have better drainage because of the extra holes. Remember to always take the grow container out of the “nice” container to water your plant.  



3. We love West Elm pots, but they are often too wide for standard-sized grow pots.  While the height might be right, the width will likely be off.  

4. While we are on the subject of West Elm, keep in mind that their pots rarely have holes for drainage. Drainage holes are a MUST for any pot.  



5. Make sure your container is at least a ½ inch bigger in diameter than the nursery grow pot. You should be able to lift the grow pot up and out of the container. If your grow pot is 10 inches, choose a container that is at least 10.5 inches.  

6. If you want to transplant, your planter should be about 1-2 inches larger than your grow pot. 



7. For groupings, buy pots in the same color scheme and in mixed heights.  

8. Stay away from all green pots as they don’t provide needed contrast with the leaves.  

9. For larger plants, try a self-watering container. Check out our recent article for more info:



10. Order your containers from The Inspired Garden! I’ve spent many hours researching and testing to make sure grow pots will easily fit into our containers.  

Happy (indoor) planting,


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