A flowerpot, planter, pot, plantotetto, or in alternation plant pot is simply a decorative container in which various plants and flowers are grown and exhibited. Historically, and to an extent even today, they were typically made of simple terracotta with either no glaze, usually with a cone shaped tapering inwards, or with only a thin layer of porcelain. The most common flowerpots were round and usually made of clay or other similar materials. Today, many different types and styles of flowerpots are manufactured. Flower pots can come in the form of a simple square box, a cylinder shaped one, a rectangle with rounded corners, even a heart shaped one. They may be made of glass, stone, marble, concrete, wood, clay, terracotta, cast aluminum or even stainless steel.
In addition to the type of material the flower pots are made of, you will find that they are constructed in various ways. You can have the plants on the top and then have it built up so that the bottom is almost a full floor level with the plants. Or, you can have one long cylinder type flower pot with numerous smaller ones underneath in various heights and directions. Some people prefer to use flower pots that have a built in water system, having a water reservoir that is attached directly to the pot in order to hold the water and keep the soil damp. These flowerpots are best for perennials and some annuals.
Flower pots can also come in the form of a cube, which is constructed in a shape resembling a football. You can have these flower pots containing many varieties of plants such as red mushroom, daffodil, tulip and violet. Flower pots in this form are especially useful for those who want to grow exotic plants. You can place the cube in an area that receives a lot of sunlight, but if you live in an area with only partial sunlight, this is not a good choice, since the cubes can easily get damaged by frost.
Flower pots are often assembled into a planter in one unit. These types of pots are very popular and are the most widely used in the United States. These flower pots have a lip around the rim of the unit so that they do not fall over. The lip allows you to place larger plants in the flower pot without them toppling over the sides, since the unit is not weighted down. Most planters that are constructed without lips have a top that projects out from the sides, but this is not recommended unless you plan on using the pot for placing very large, heavy plants.
There are many different styles of flower pots. The most popular type is the square or rectangular planter. This is probably the most versatile of the different shapes available. Some people even use flower pots that have a trough in the bottom portion for placing the plant as it grows. If you choose to use this type of potted plants, you should make sure that the flower pots are always filled with enough water so that the plant does not become too stressed when there is no water available.
You can easily find a variety of different styles of flower pots in a number of different stores. The internet is also a great place to search for the perfect unit for your home. Simply looking at pictures of different plants in flower pots will give you a better idea as to what kind of unit will work best for your home. If you have any questions about the best way to care for your plants, you should check with a local nursery or a plant sales representative to get answers.