If you’re a plant parent (or an aspiring one), finding the best planter for your greenery is a must. Whether you have a small houseplant or a tall leafy tree, choosing the right planter for your indoor plants will make all the difference in their growth, health, and lushness.
There are some key considerations when shopping for indoor planters. Style is a huge part, but you’ll also want to factor in planter size, what it’s made of, and if it has drainage holes.
To help you pick the best indoor planters, read on for our tips on what to look for, then check out our stylists’ favorite planter picks!
What To Look For In A Planter
Indoor planters are made in many different materials, and they can have an impact on the health of your plants.
For instance, a wood plant pot is porous so it provides better drainage and is also resistant to rusting from water, which means they’re a great option, especially for indoor-outdoor spaces.
If you have indoor plants that need to be watered a lot, try a metal or plastic planter since they won’t absorb the water (unlike wood) and will keep the plant and soil moist. A small metal plant pot in brass or silver can also be great if you have mini faux plants that don’t require any real maintenance. The metal will make the plants appear extra lush.
For those looking for an easy planter that’s stylish AND practical, you can’t go wrong with a stone or ceramic design. They’re all-weather, so they can be used indoors or out, and they have a sculptural appeal that will give your houseplant an extra-vibrant look.
Pick Your Style
Planters come in every shape and style, so you’ll want to choose designs that blend in with your space. Outdoor planters tend to be bigger and more rugged, while indoor ones are smaller with a wider style variety.
If your taste is more modern and contemporary, try metal and ceramic planters for their clean-lined look. If your space is more rustic and boho, consider wood and stone planters that bring in a natural element and an organic touch. You want to pick indoor planters that go with the overall vibe and look of your room, so take your time to decide on the color, shape, and details that work for you.
Look For Drainage Holes
The most important detail to consider, drainage holes are essential for healthy indoor plants. A pot that has lots of drainage holes is great for plants that need a ton of watering, but it might dry out other plants that thrive in soil that’s on the drier side; you’ll want a plant pot that has one draining hole to keep in moisture for those. Likewise, if you have a plant that requires lots of watering, avoid single drainage hole planters—they’ll clog the roots and end up drowning your plant with “overwatering.”
Also good to note: If a planter doesn’t come with holes (and you can’t drill them yourself), then it’s meant to be a decorative holder for either greenery that’s already in a plastic planter that can be placed inside of it or faux plants.
Pro Tip: Plants grow bigger and taller when they’re potted in slightly bigger planters than the plastic ones they come in. It’s always a good idea to switch newly purchased plants out of their plastic holders once they’ve grown to a fixed size and repot them into slightly larger planters to help them grow more.
That means you should always take root size into consideration along with how much soil and/or rocks you’ll be filling your planters with. Look for indoor planters that are big enough so that the roots of your plants can grow deep.
Don’t Forget The Details
Some other elements to keep in mind when shopping for indoor planters are the type of soil and the appropriate amount you need, whether drainage rocks or pebbles are a good idea for your type of plant, and if a plaster tray is what you need (they can prevent leakage but can also end up collecting water and drowning some plants).
When it comes to these details that vary from plant to plant, we suggest making a trip to your local nursery or plant store and asking an expert. Experienced plant parents are always happy to help other plant lovers!