POTTERY (available in many different sizes, materials and shapes)
Pots come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes and materials (clay, plastic, wood, metal…). The decision is based on:
- The type of the event,
- Where the pots are to be placed, and
- Your budget.
Anything can be used as a pot for plants, as long as it has one or more holes for drainage which is vital for the health of plant roots. If water collects in the bottom of the pot, it can lead to the root rot, which eventually causes the decay of the plant. Because of these holes, each pot needs a saucer to prevent leakage of water on the floor when watering.
When choosing a pot, you must take into account the size of the plant. If the pot is too small, plants will quickly develop roots and the soil will not be able to hold enough moisture between watering. If the pot is too large, plants could spend all of their energy on root development and not enough on growth.
Pots come in a wide variety of materials (clay, plastic, wood, metal…). The decision on the choice of material depends on these common factors:
- The type of the event (appearance and conditions of space in which your event is to be held)
- Where the pots are to be placed (in the case of long-term rentals) and
- Your budget
CLAY POTS (terra cotta, porous clay, (un)glazed clay)
Clay pots are available in different shapes and sizes. They are porous and therefore allow better ventilation of soil and increase the amount of moisture as clay absorbs water which eventually evaporates into the air. Thus they keep the plant root healthy.
Clay pots protect plant roots from changes in outside temperature, because of their thick walls which also make them heavy so they do not tip over as easy as plastic pots. They should be frost-proof because of their brittleness (hard frost can crack a pot).
Clay also has the tendency to form a white crusty layer on the outside of the pot. This is formed when mineral salts dissolve in the water and wicking from the potting medium into and through the pot wall.
For many, clay pots offer greater aesthetic value, because they are more traditional and have a more natural look.
Plastic pots are increasingly being used in interior design. They can fit into any style of home décor and can be interesting detail in every room.
Plastic pots come in various colors, shapes and sizes. Their surface may be processed in different ways. They can be very simple, matte or glossy, and very decorative. They can also be true copies of various materials such as clay, wood, stone or concrete. They tend to be light weight which makes them an excellent choice when you have to re-arrange your event place. Plastic pots are hard to break and are very durable.
They require less watering and are also suitable for those indoor plants that require more water. The risk of drying out therefore reduced. Plastic pots generally have thinner walls and provide a little insulation from temperature changes to the plant roots. Dark color pots can act as a solar heat collector. After prolonged standing in bright sunlight these pots, especially those of lesser quality may fade and become brittle and breakable.
Wooden pots give a special beauty to any space. The best are those made of wood that does not rot such as cedar and redwood. They are lined with plastic to prevent the soil from spilling out. Those made of soft wood such as pine are painted with non-toxic paints.
In any case, whatever decision you make you can’t go wrong. We are always here to help you with your choice.