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Flower Pot Suggestions

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A friend wants a flower pot for indoors, with a hole or holes in the bottom and a saucer.  I think it should be tall enough so that it would be possible to just stick the plastic container the plant comes in down inside.  So I suppose the dimensions should be set for that, allowing of course for shrinkage.

But does anyone have suggestions for other size considerations? Anyone making these?

I don't want it to look "store bought" so I might alter it a bit...

 

 

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I like making flower pots, I have a few drying rite now that I threw.. I also made a hand built pot a couple weeks ago that im hoping it will survive bisque..

 

You as asked about size considerations, anything small enough for herbs and spices to grow in, up to? I have seen pot and saucer's go into the medium weight range.. Lets say a potter stops his/her small flower pots at 7 lbs and goes into their medium pots at 10, 15, to 18 lbs but rarely into the larger weight ranges, I guess there is really no need for the saucer when there is so much more soil to hold moisture in larger flower pots and a lot of times the larger pots are outdoors vs. smaller pot and saucer's indoors as imo that is what the saucer is mostly used for...

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It all depends on what they want to plant in it. Ideally it should be big enough that they don't have to replant it any time soon. Any reason you want to keep the plastic pot inside it? Why not just plant directly into the ceramic planter? Definitely use a saucer for an indoor planter.

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Back many years ago I made planters-I like the ones with a built in drip tray-just leave some clay on botton outside and form an outer ring. poke three holes from inside to outer tray. No suacers needed-these work well and look great. They are not sold in stores.

Mark

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I just recently fired some flower pots of my own to winter-over some Rex Begonias.  These were thrown as tall, bottomless cylinders and separate bowls.  Small drainage holes were cut in the sides of the cylinder near the bottom before joining the bottomless form to the bowl.  It might be just as easy to allow the two pieces to remain separate...I simply chose to give this a try.  All are roughly 12-13" tall (the red planks in the image are 6" wide).
winter-over-pots.jpg

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I throw my flower pots with the saucer attached to the bottom.  I just throw a trough at the bottom that would hold the water draining through a hole that I poke out the side of the flower pot, which drains into the trough. Proven design that many people make, and it works good.  No sizing, no trimming, and no attaching of a saucer.

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Perhaps choose a glaze which suits the room in whichyour friend  is placing this pot if that type of person.  How strong is your friend, if the plant grows well, needs a big soak in  the outside rain or what ever, the plastic inside makes for an easier lift. Just a consideration.

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Thanks, all.  From my struggles to clean the various things I have under a variety of pots of geraniums in my kitchen, I think that separate saucers would be easier to clean. (We have hard water and the saucers get pretty ugly after awhile.)

My conclusion so far is that I should ask her what size she wants, and also I should make a bunch and use some myself!  And I will ask her if she wants to keep the plastic pot inside it.

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