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Vases: how many types?
Plant pots differ primarily in the materials they are made of. They can be in terracotta, one of the oldest materials, or in PVC, wood, stone or concrete. Each of these elements gives life to plant pots of different shapes and sizes, from small pots for greasy seedlings to larger ones for saplings and climbers. Plastic or PVC vases, if you prefer, are characterized by their resistance to both bad weather that impacts, but at the same time they are very light and easily transportable. Both materials instead. they lend themselves to being painted or decorated in many colors, to adapt to the environments or become themselves a style and an object of decoration. The terracotta is breathable, does not facilitate the accumulation of humidity and is therefore very suitable for plants that particularly suffer this situation and for those who fear to exaggerate with watering. On the contrary, however, when the terracotta vases are placed in very sunny positions, or during the summer, they dry very quickly and require at least two waterings a day to allow the plants that they host to fight the burning.
Wooden plant pots
Wood is a natural, beautiful material, very pleasant to look at and certainly very suitable for containing plants and flowers, as it lets air and heat pass easily. THE plant pots in wood they are treated so as to become resistant to humidity and bad weather, but this is also their main defect: they need maintenance, otherwise they deteriorate over time. It must be said that wood is the material that is most suitable for those who want to try their hand at creating plant pots do-it-yourself. By obtaining wood and just a few tools, or using boxes like those of fine wines, you can have fun making very personal and original pots for plants. To make them last a long time, it is necessary to treat them with special varnishes. The wooden plant pots are often used on terraces and balconies to grow vegetables and aromatic herbs.
Vases for plants in stone or concrete
A look at stone and concrete vases. These are also to be considered carefully because they are very suitable in certain situations. Generally the heavy concrete vases, in classic or more particular shapes, are used to adorn entrances, avenues, very busy spaces, or to accommodate small trees and vines. This type of vase is rather heavy, suitable for plants that do not have to be moved frequently and to large spaces. Concrete vases can characterize corners of gardens, enriching them with alternative solutions, but also decorative ones. They can be in white, gray, marble or antiqued cement and are practically indestructible. The same can be done for stone vases, equally solid and durable. Very heavy and quite expensive, but also beautiful and decorative, these vases are heavy and difficult to move. An alternative are the reconstructed stone vases, formed of fragments of stone mixed with cement. It is good to decide where to put them and not think about moving them frequently.
For each plant its pot
Having an idea about the various types of plant pots available on the market, it will be necessary to combine the right pot for the different plants. Fortunately, these last ones adapt quite well to the containers in which they are placed, leaving us the freedom to choose also according to the taste, the available space and the cost that we want to support. The basic rules that we can consider, not considering them however binding because everything is can be accommodated, are roughly those that we illustrate below.Terracotta for succulents and plants that are very afraid of humidity. Plastic for pots that will probably have to be moved, to repair plants in winter or for other reasons, or for plants that want a lot of water and are placed in very sunny places. Cement and stone to decorate corners that will not change frequently. Medium pots to host aromatic herbs and small vegetables that we want to cultivate on the balcony, such as salads, radishes or carrots. Larger and deeper pots at least 50 cm for zucchini, tomatoes and peppers, or for large and bushy flowering plants, such as daisies or hydrangeas. The choice of plant pots with experience becomes easier.