It seems everyone has their preferences and there is always something good to say about each type of plant container. The following lists the pro’s and cons to help you decide which is best for you or maybe best for the occasion or perhaps just the ‘look’ that you want for you plant.

Plastic Pots 

Plastic Pots Pros and Cons

Plastic Pots Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Light weight
  • Store efficiently
  • Come in square and round shapes
  • Allows salts to pass through without contaminating pot
  • Pots are easily cleaned

Plastic Pots Cons

  • Are not durable
  • Do not transpire moisture, easy to ‘over water’ plant as result of soil staying wet to long
  • Can not be used on many types of plant hangers
  • Plants sometimes fall over due to light bottom weight

Terracotta Pots

Terracotta Pots Pros and Cons

Terracotta Pros

  • Weight of pot helps with plant stability
  • The ‘look’ of terra cotta enhances the plants appearance
  • Pots can be used with almost any type of plant hanger
  • Are durable and can last many years
  • Pots transpire moisture well and reduce the tendency to ‘over water’

Terracotta Cons

  • Mainly come in round shapes
  • Salts build up on clay surface, surfactants must be used periodically
  • Much more expensive than plastic
  • Drainage holes are sometimes too small and need to be enlarged
  • Pots are not easily cleaned