Top Tips: How To Choose A Decorative Pot For Your Plant

Follow our step by step guide on how to pick the perfect decorative pot for your plant. 

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Step by step guide

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How our pot descriptions work

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We give you the height and external diameter (e.g. width) measurements of the decorative pot and offer a guide for what nursery pots will fit. 

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For example:

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A decorative pot measuring 15cm (height) x 15cm (external diameter) will fit nursery pots with a diameter of 12-14cm.

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On every plant page we define their nursery pot size, so you can use this as a guide to making sure you pick the right size decorative pot for your plant.

However, if you still aren't 100% sure, here are the other things to consider.

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 First things first: diameter

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As our guide suggests, first thing to do is to make sure that the diameter of your plants' nursery pot is smaller than the decorative pot you are choosing. 

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It’s best practice to choose a decorative pot with a diameter that is 1 - 3cm bigger than the nursery pot. If your decorative pot and nursery pot have the same diameter, you risk that the lip of the nursery pot will be shown on top once you place it inside the decorative pot. Or, you won't be able to fit it in at all! 

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Height of nursery pot vs. height of the decorative pot

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In addition to diameter, make sure the heights of your nursery pot and decorative pot are compatible. 

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If you choose a decorative pot which is a lot taller than your nursery pot, then you run the risk of having a plant which is hidden in the decorative pot. This is okay for foliage heavy plants, but any smaller size plants that are shorter in height, you won't be able to see it over the decorative pot!

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It's best practice to choose a decorative pot which is 1-3cm taller than the nursery pot you are choosing. 

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Plant Foliage
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Is your plant very foliage-heavy? How leafy your plant is important when thinking about how your plant will look in its' decorative pot. For less bushy plants - which are shorter in height, consider a shorter decorative pot to avoid it being hidden. For foliage heavy plants, you can afford to choose a bigger decorative pot, as the plants fullness will make it look in proportion.

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Shape of the decorative pot

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It's important to consider the shape of your pot, when thinking about how the nursery pot will fit inside the decorative pot. For example, if the decorative pot is curved at the bottom, this will give your nursery pot extra height when it’s placed inside. 

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For example:

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In this picture (on the right), we have a Monkey Mask Monstera which comes in a 15cm diameter nursery pot. We have paired it with our Medium Sandstone Planter in Natural White, which has an external diameter of 18cm.

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This pairing works perfectly. Why? Because the decorative pot is curved at the bottom, meaning that the nursery pot stands approx 1cm higher in the decorative pot. The Monkey Mask Monstera is also foliage heavy, and full - meaning it looks in proportion.

Therefore, we recommend this sandstone planter fits nursery pots with a 14-15cm diameter. 

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With plants coming in so many different size nursery pots, it can sometimes be difficult to know how to choose the right decorative pot for your plant. However, if you follow this step by step guide - you’ll find the perfect decorative pot to fit your new plant. 
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Key considerations:<br/>
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1. What is the diameter of the nursery pot vs. the diameter of the decorative pot?<br/>
2. What is the height of nursery pot vs. the height of the decorative pot?<br/>
3. How foliage heavy is your plant?<br/>
4. What’s the shape of the decorative pot?

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Your plant will live in the pot you choose for a while - typically 1-2 years before it has outgrown its' nursery pot, and requires repotting. So, it's a good idea to make sure they fit well together from the start.
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