Container Choice in Gardening | Useful Pot Selection Tips and Gardening Ideas


Hello Friends! Today we will look into a very important topic
thats choosing the right plantar or pot for your container gardening. The advantages and disadvantages of each and
some very important factors and tips to consider during pot selection. In the end, will finalize which is the best
pot for container gardening based on our research. So please watch till the end. I will start with this important line: The
pots really make a difference in the growth of plants. Many gardeners have their own preferences
regarding the choice of containers for their plants whether clay or plastic or cement pots. If you are confused on how to choose the right
container for your home gardening or teres gardening, you�re not alone! There are lot of people out there, who need
help in solving this puzzle. Please watch this entire video and by the
end of this video you should be able to make a decision on choosing the correct container
for your gardening. Containers are made of many materials, including
clay, cement, ceramic, brass, or fibre-glass, stone pots, wooden pots, coco coir pots and
what not. Just think of these factors one by one and
this will help you in making a decision. 1. COST
2. DURABILITY
3. PROS AND CONS OF EACH OPTION � and this
will discuss now in detail. The Pros and cons � that is Advantages and
Disadvantages of each option. Firstly we will start with:
1. PLASTIC POTS:
Plastic pots are generally a cheaper option. And they further come in 3 or more options
or colors. Choosing a color is also important � You
remember one common concept in 7th standard Physics � �BLACK BODIES ARE GOOD ABSORBERS
OF HEAT�. They come in terracotta color, light color
and black color what most nursery guys use. So black is not my preferred option because
it absorbs more heat. If you want, you can use these for plants
that prefer indirect light or shade. No issues. The advantages of these are: They are Cheaper,
easily available even in super markets, light weight, durable and do not break easily, easy
to clean, easy to make multiple drainage holes, Come in different sizes and shapes and decorative
shapes. Now the Disadvantages: The first one is they
get heated up soon when kept in direct sunlight and can kill the beneficial microorganisms
in the soil and burn the roots. If you are keeping in indirect light or filtered
light � no issues. One most important problem with plastic is
environmental and health hazard � particularly if you are using from an unreliable company. Make sure you use the least toxic ones (#2
HDPE, #4 LDPE, and #5 PP). Try to avoid #3 PVC, #6 PS, and #7 polycarbonate
especially for food gardens. Currently majority of plant pots are made
from polypropylene (#5 or PP � currently one of the safer plastics), however it�s
better to check than to assume things. 2. Cement and Ceramic Pots � These have similar
pros and cons: The advantages of these pots are: They are
more visually appealing and come in different sizes and shapes because they can be moulded
into any shape and size. They do not break so easily like the clay
pots, but still they are breakable unlike plastic pots. Ceramic pots are costly but look very attractive. The Disadvantages are: They do not provide
lateral aeration unlike clay pots because they do not have porosity in the walls and
hence they can get heated up and produce bad results if kept in hot sunlight. One more issue with concrete or cement pots
most of us are unaware is they can affect soil PH, because concrete is rich in lime
and can slowly release into the soil and can make soil more alkaline which can be toxic
for most acid loving plants. Before Moving on to the CLAY POTS, we will
quickly look into other options like Wooden Pots, Stone Pots, Styrofoam containers and
others. 3. Styrofoam boxes �what some people call thermocol
boxes are good when they are new and insulate plants well by reflecting heat specially in
summer. They are cheap and sometimes you get them
free of cost. They are lightweight and durable. The most important and dangerous drawback
of these is the polystyrene material hazard because as it gets older, it can degrade and
release toxic carcinogenic substances. 4. Stone Containers, They are very attractive
but are costly, heavy and not easily available and very heavy to lift or shift. 5. Wooden Containers are good but if the timber
used to make them is from a reliable source or company. Bamboo planters are good and look attractive
for small ornamental plants. Wooden containers also provide good insulation
to plants from heat. The major draw back is it attracts insects
and pests like termites. And also if timber is of bad quality it can
start rotting. 6. Metallic Pots: They heat up very fast and
bad for sun loving plants. Some containers can get rusted and also drilling
drainage holes can be tough. 7. CLAY POTS: They have the best advantages from
plant health perspective � like they are porous and provide excellent drainage from
all sides and also lateral aeration. Can be kept in direct sunlight without any
issues or damage to the plant roots. The only disadvantage of these pots is they
are very fragile and can break easily. 8. GROW BAGS: A relatively new concept home gardening. They are available in various sizes and are
very cheap. They are light weight and ideal for teres
gardening. Most reliable ones are UV resistant and safe. The problem is they don�t look much attractive. So there we have it folks. By now you should have decided your favourite
container for home gardening. Please let me know in the comments section
� which one according to you is the best universal container for home gardening. Please give a thumbs up to the video and share
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78 thoughts on “Container Choice in Gardening | Useful Pot Selection Tips and Gardening Ideas

  1. Good info on the types that are available. The good & bad about them helps me feel better on my choices.
    I use clay, plastic & styrofoam for flowers & small shrubs.
    I do have 1 large styrofoam pot that has melons in it. I never thought to look at the type on the bottom.

  2. I think the best is clay pot. Another advantage with clay pot I feel is..even if we water the plants little more than the requirement, since pot is porous and breathable, the plant is not damaged. Whereas thats not the case with others.Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Thank you for all the wonderful videos you post. I'm a plant lover and learning bit by bit through your videos but still a long way to go.

  3. Useful video as normal.. thanks Dr.
    I prefer clay pots.. but i also use plastic ones… all kinds are available

  4. You claim to be an expert and you should be ANSWERING THIS QUESTION instead of posing it. You wasted six minutes of my life.

  5. wonderful and much needed topic on plantar selection and types of pots for container gardening. thank you.

  6. Great video! My favorite for indoor houseplants are the plastic pots. I feel plastic pots retain moisture very well and they're light to move inside the house. Outdoor favorite is clay only because I find them attractive! Keep up the good work. Love your videos 🙂

  7. Sir please one question i have hard pruned my adenium its 2 year old have kept in 1-2 hours of sun Its been 3 day but no shoots its planted in only sand. It also flowerd before pruning

  8. good video. I am having clay pots for herbs and cement pots for roses and bags too. prefer clay pots for herbs. Plastic pots easy to shift.

  9. Great episode as usual doc. I prefer plastic pots indoors and decorate them to make them beautiful. Clay pots for my terrace, to tolerate the sun. Thanks for the video.

  10. I suggest you have a normal tone its seems like you stress on your voice modulation it's not so good to hear.

  11. i use water cans and paint it and it is long lasting .so we can prevent algae formation and lowers the temperature , i think it is the cheapest way.

  12. Grow bags for indoor plants any disadvantage? Thank you for the video Btw i had a beautiful cat just like suzi she left i never tied her but kittens occasionally visit me when i call them thats enough for me pls don't tie them

  13. I live in Australia and I’ve never ever heard of plant roots getting roasted from a plastic pot being in the sun

  14. Also I wouldn’t use styrofoam ‘pots’ at all because they break down really quickly in the presence of UV light and become extremely weak

  15. Almost all wood you buy from stores is actually sprayed with anti fungal, anti bacterial and pesticides to make sure that They don’t rot or get eaten

  16. In the Pacific NW area of US, early spring is chilly. When transplanting seedlings to pots and beginning the hardening off process and eventual planting in garden the heat absorption of black plastic is beneficial.

  17. Is there any way in which we can reduce leaching of lime into the soil from concrete containers.
    and which plants absolutely hate alkaline soil so that I can avoid these plants in the concrete containers that I already have.
    And as for the heating I can maybe paint them in white or cream.
    Is it a good idea to cover the soil surface with dry leaves or will it attract fungus and snails ?

  18. different pot should be best on different scenario..some times clay..plastic..ceramic . if we consider about plant health then undoubtedly clay pot..thanx for informative video.

  19. For me the best are clay and coir pots. Plastic is the worst… The plastic trend has recently started but we need to look into the best suitability, requirements & needs of the plants than what we want to choose as per our choice!

  20. anyone know anything about the bamboo pots that look like plastic? Seen them around a lot lately as a new solution but I try to look up bamboo plant pot and you can imagine what I get lol I used one and the bottom kinda bowed so it doesn't sit flat now, not sure I want to use the other ones.

  21. I shifted to my home and now i can fullfill my dream and passion in reality i love gardening i thought i will use cement or white cement pots bcz that i can make at home in vry cheap prizes but nothing is more important than a health of plant soo should i not use cement pot i think i should go with clay pots.

  22. Apart from styrofoam pots each and every type of pot have its own advantage and i believe its totally depends upon plant and its requirement that what kind of pot it needs as plastic and ceramic pots are good for plants that needs high moisture in their soil where as terracotta makes soil dry too fast but best suited to plants that need full sun with average moisture in their soil

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