Picking an indoor planter isn’t that different from picking an outdoor planter. You want something that works with your home’s decor, and you want something that just looks great — since a plant inherently stands out against most home’s plush interiors. The main difference between indoor planters and outdoor planters lies in the focus of functionality. While an indoor planter doesn’t need to wear as well as an outdoor planter does, good drainage is absolutely vital. A pot that drips, seeps out water, or doesn’t have an adequate water tray can quickly ruin a hardwood floor or end table. Even worse is a hanging planter that doesn’t hold water quite right — a little over-watering can quickly turn into a huge mess. Make sure the planters you purchase will actually drain (otherwise your plants may suffocate. Also check that they have a catch tray or some other way to prevent the extra water from spilling out.
The amazing creativity that exists in modern indoor planter design can allow for extremely low maintenance plant life in your home. Before buying an indoor planter, choose one that not only fits with your decor, but holds plants with a maintenance level that fits your lifestyle, and has the ability to keep those plants alive.
Should I buy a terrarium?
These have become a hugely popular alternative to the standard indoor planter. Not only are these plant holders sleek and modern in style, but they also practically take care of themselves. There are terrariums in virtually every size, with some that are meant to sit on tables and windowsills, while others hang from hooks in the ceiling. Pay attention to what type of plants will be in the terrarium before deciding where you want it to go, since some will need more sunlight than others.
What about wall-mounted or hanging planters?
Wall or ceiling units are both great ways to incorporate plant life into your home without having to take up any space. Again, check for drainage with these. Many versions will have a catch tray or other mechanism built in to capture the overflow of water. If there are holes without a tray, or no drainage holes at all, just be aware of the potential mess.
The variety of indoor planters today is remarkable. They come in all types of materials: ceramic, metal, plastic, clay; and in all types of styles. With a little research, it’s easy to pick a style that’s right for any room in your home.