What are the different types of flower pots? (with photos)

Some flower pots are made of terracotta clay.

Flower pots, the containers that adorn your windowsill or deck, have multiple functions and come in a wide variety of styles. Strictly speaking, they are ‘potted plants’, and most potted plants are the non-blooming type. However, when buying a potted plant, you are never looking for a vase, always a vase of flowers.

These pots began to be used for the simple reason that they allow you to grow plants that are to some extent mobile. That is, crops in the ground cannot easily be moved to a sunnier location for a few hours, or brought inside when it gets cold. Potted plants, however, can be repositioned at will. Heavier plants, such as small trees, can be planted in pots that sit on a wheeled cart for easy movement.

Window boxes are sometimes used to plant flowers.

Flower pots, therefore, are mainly used to make plants mobile. A special case of a flower pot is the ‘starter vase’ or ‘peat vase’, a small container made from peat moss. The seedlings are germinated in these pots, and when they are ready to be placed in a more permanent home, the entire pot can be planted and the peat will crumble and bond to the soil. This lessens or eliminates ‘transplant shock’, always a concern when transferring plants from one container to another.

The most common type of flower pots are plain terracotta pots. These come with a properly sized saucer they sit on, and the pots themselves have a hole in the bottom for drainage. In pots crafted with oriental motif glazing, you’ll often find the plant itself in a terracotta pot inserted into a larger, more decorative container.

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Sill planting is made easier with the ‘window box’, a rectangular box affixed to the outside of the window sill. Flower pots with plants can be placed in the window box, or you can fill them with soil and plant your herbs or flowers directly in the box. Using pots inside the window box makes it much easier to care for individual plants, though.

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