Frequently Asked Questions

Plant Pottery Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of planters do you have for sale?

    We have garden pots and plant pots for sale across a wide range of categories. If you’re looking for a particular material, we have pots made of clay, cast stone, plastic, resin and more. If you’d like a planter in a certain style or one that offers features for growing a certain type of plant, planters can be divided into these categories:

    • Traditional: These planters are the ones that are readily available in most nurseries and other retail outlets that sell plant pots and/or garden supplies. They’re made of the most common materials, such as plastic, stone, wood, and terra cotta.
    • Novelty: This is a broad category, which can include plant pots that come in shapes like animals or other items, or busts or statues that have space for plants. Since many novelty planters don’t allow much room for soil, consider plants with shallow root systems that can get the nutrients and water they need in a small space.
    • Specialty: This is another type of readily available container. Planters in this category include pots designed specifically to grow a certain type of vegetable or fruit, such as strawberries. Cactus planters and succulent planters can fall into this category as well.
  • What types of plants can I buy for large plant pots?

    There are plenty of options, whether you’re hoping to make a statement in your garden, want to put a large plant in a pot to keep it from spreading, or want to have some flexibility in being able to relocate a large plant or small tree. 

    Before choosing a new plant for a large pot, consider a few things:

    • The hardiness zone you’re in should be factored into the selection of any type of vegetation, whether you’re putting it in the ground or a pot.
    • The plant’s needs for bright light, shade, or something in between.
    • Whether a dwarf variety of your desired plant can be obtained.
    • Whether you can move a frost-tender container plant indoors if needed.

    Here are just some of the plants and trees that can thrive in garden pots or other containers:

    • Fruit trees, particularly citrus
    • Ligustrum, also known as privet
    • Japanese maple trees, if you can keep them away from strong winds
    • Evergreen conifers, such as fir, cypress, and pine trees
  • What else should I consider before purchasing a plant pot? 

    In addition to understanding an individual plant’s specific needs for light, water, and type of soil, there are two important features you may want to keep in mind as you look through our selection of garden pots, flower pots, and planters:

    • Drainage: Overwatering is probably the number-one reason plants don’t thrive, because when water takes up the air-pocket spaces in soil, the roots don’t have enough room to fully develop. Check to see whether the pot you’re considering has drainage holes or spots that indicate a hole can be drilled on the bottom of the pot. Some types of containers have plugs that can be removed. 
    • Size: Again, know your plant before you purchase your outdoor planter. A few plants or trees may do very well without a lot of space for roots, but most need ample space to develop the root system that will support your plant’s long-term health. Design-wise, outdoor design experts generally recommend that your planter should be approximately half the height of your plant when it’s fully grown.