Ceramic vs Plastic: Which is a better home for your houseplant?

Ceramic vs Plastic: Which is a better home for your houseplant?

There are simply too many options.

From the typical plastic pots to the more eco-friendly types such as the ceramic, coco pots, and eco-pots, we are simply overloaded with options. On top of that, each pot has its own charm regardless of its material. But the question is: which type of pot is really the best for your houseplants?

With all of these choices, it can get pretty confusing. So we're here to help you narrow down and weigh the pros and cons of these different types of pots by discussing the two most common: The Plastics and The Ceramics.

TRIBO Ceramic Pot by Qali x Casa


Courtesy of BLOEM

 

Let's talk about Plastic Pots.

Compared to ceramics, plastic pots are stronger in the sense that it does not break when dropped. It is more flexible and lightweight that it is easy to move around when decorating. Plastic pots are also a lot less expensive compared to the other types of pots. They are easier to clean as well and doesn't stain. Aesthetically, while they do not compare with the artistic designs of ceramic pots, plastic pots doesn't look bad either. The thicker and more durable kind boasts a simple minimalist design in pleasing colors.

However, the use of plastic pots are not without its disadvantages. Due to its material, plastic pots restrict air movement and tends to hold moisture longer. Which means frequent watering can lead to overwatering. If left under direct sunlight, plastic pots attracts and stores heat which could lead to premature wilting of your plants. Although plastic pots are strong, they aren't as durable as other pots made of different material. They tend to become brittle and thin eventually and, especially the cheaper variants, doesn't really last long. Moreover, plastic may contain materials which can be toxic such as the #3 PVC, #6 PS, and #7 polycarbonate. And obviously, they are not very environment friendly which is kind of ironic...for a plant parent.

 

How about Ceramic Pots?

Before we delve into the pros and cons of using Ceramic pots for our houseplants, we have to know that there are different types: earthenwares, stonewares, and porcelain. But to keep things simple, let's just focus on the unglazed and glazed ceramics. The difference lies in the coated layer added to the pots prior to firing them in a kiln.

Unglazed ceramics are very porous and thus allow air and water movement inside the pots which stimulates root growth. This means healthier plants. It also removes moisture out of soil so you overwatering won't be a problem.

Glazed ceramics, on the other hand, are not as porous as unglazed ceramics so air movement is a bit restricted. They do not dry out moisture as quickly as the unglazed ceramic but also do not retain as much moisture as those of plastic pots.

Generally, glazed or unglazed ceramics are attractive. It boasts a variety of designs that will ultimately make your houseplants look more luxurious. Moreover, ceramics are more durable and long lasting than plastic pots unless they are dropped, of course. This also means that they are generally more expensive that your regular plastic pots.

Since ceramics do not hold moisture long, they might require frequent watering and due to its material, larger pots tend to be heavy and not easy to move.

 

With all of these things considered, between ceramic and plastic, which do you think is a better home for your houseplant?