Choose the Right Pot for your houseplant from Henslow’s


You’ve probably seen it all before: the big plants in tiny pots and the tiny plants in huge pots. Have you ever wondered how to choose the right pot for your houseplant? Well, it’s not as hard as you think.

How to choose the right pot

  • Consider the size of your plant. Is it a large, sprawling plant or a small, compact one? If you’re unsure, check out our diagram below.
  • Consider the type of soil that you will be using for your plant. Will it need to drain well? Will it retain water well? Or does it not have any preference on this matter at all?
  • Consider the type of pot that is best suited to hold all of your ingredients together: drainage holes, water retention material and whatever else may be needed! We have compiled some basic guidelines here that we hope will help provide some clarity when making this decision:
  • If using pebbles or stones as drainage material in a terracotta pot then make sure there are plenty so that air can escape from underneath easily without having too much space between each particle (i.e., don’t pour too many into one place).
  • If using perlite as drainage material then make sure there isn’t too much because then water won’t drain quickly enough through into container below! It should also be noted here again: DO NOT POUR TOO MANY INTO ONE PLACE!!

Consider the size of your plant

You should consider the size of your plant when choosing a pot.

  • Pot Size: The first thing to consider is the size of the plant, and how much space it will take up in your home. If you have a small room, you may want to choose smaller pots so that they don’t take up too much space. On the other hand, if you’re trying to fill out an empty corner with plants or flowers then larger pots will be better suited for this purpose.
  • Pot Depth: The depth of a decorative plant container is also important because that affects how many roots can grow down into it and how much soil there is for healthy root growth. For example, if you have a deep clay pot and only use 1 inch (25 mm) of soil at its bottom then some roots could be exposed above ground level which would cause them distress as they try growing downwards into more nutrients but can’t access any due to being blocked by other parts such as bark chips etcetera.”

Does size matter?

You probably have a good idea of what size pot your plant should be in. For example, if your plant is small, then it’s probably not going to do well in a large container. If you want to give the plant plenty of room for growth, then go for something larger.

The size of the plant will affect how often you need to water it and what kind of soil mix suits it best. Plants that are too root-bound may look unhealthy or start losing leaves so try not to let this happen!

How big is too big and how small is too small?

Most plants will have a root ball that is about twice as big as the pot it’s currently in. So for example, if you have a plant in an eight inch pot, it might be time to repot if you can see roots coming out of the drainage holes on the bottom of your pot.

The easiest way to check your plant’s current size is to fill up its entire container with water and see if any of it leaks out through the drain holes or cracks in the side of the container. If none does, then your plant probably has plenty of room left for growth at its current size before needing repotted again!

If some water does leak out though (which may happen if you use a large enough container), then keep reading!

What about type?

The type of pot you choose is important. There are many different types of pots, and they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. The best pot for your houseplant depends on its size, growth rate and how much water it requires.

There are two main categories of plant pots: plastic and terracotta. Plastic pots are made from polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). These are sturdy materials that won’t break easily when knocked over or dropped accidentally by clumsy people like me! They’re also lightweight so it’s easy to move them around from room to room if necessary; just make sure you keep them out of direct sunlight as they can get very hot in the sun which may burn your plants’ roots if left there too long! Ceramic clay is another type used but this isn’t as common anymore because it’s heavy to move around compared with modern plastics like PE & PP.”

As long as you have a big enough pot for what you’re planting, there are plenty of options available.

  • As long as you have a big enough pot for what you’re planting, there are plenty of options available.
  • Make sure it’s the right type of pot for your plant.
  • Consider the colour of your plant and think about what colours would complement it best.
  • Think about the shape of your plant and make sure to choose one that suits its needs!
  • If it’s indoors, remember that some plants prefer to be kept in pots with little or no drainage holes so make sure you check before choosing a pot!


The perfect pot for you is out there, and I hope this article has given you some food for thought. If you do decide to buy a pot from Henslow’s then we are sure it will last for years to come, but if not please keep these tips in mind when shopping around!

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