3 comments / Posted on by Chau Ly

There are so many options when it comes to finding a pot material suitable for your succulents. To help with your decision making, we have compiled the pros and cons of the most popular pot materials. Let's dive right into it to find one that keeps your plants healthy and happy.

CONCRETE

Concrete planters are porous so water can evaporate quickly, making them the perfect pot material for cacti and succulents. It's important that they have drainage holes as well. Concrete planters are durable and great at insulating plants against sudden temperature fluctuations. Concrete can absorb and radiate heat, which can protect roots against late or early frosts.

Cons: Concrete pots can be a bit heavy and quite fragile so they need to be handled with care.


TERRACOTTA + CERAMIC

Similar to concrete, terracotta and ceramic are porous and breathable materials. They’re great for both outdoor and indoor, especially areas that aren’t well ventilated. Ceramic pots are super cute and make perfect homes for your succulent kids.

Cons: Terracotta and ceramic pots can be a bit heavy and quite fragile so they need to be handled with care.


PLASTIC

All of our plants are grown individually in plastic pots with drainage holes. Plastic pots are a lot lighter and much less fragile than concrete, terracotta and ceramic pots. They come in a wide variety of colors and shapes, and sometimes at a cheaper price.

Cons: Plastic pots are not as breathable as concrete or terracotta pots. However, you can use fast draining soil and choose pots with drainage holes to improve water drainage.


WOOD

Wood is no doubt a very attractive material. A piece of driftwood can be transformed into a beautiful succulent holder if you’re into DIY projects. Wood doesn’t heat up like metal, so it’s safe for outdoor succulents that sit under direct sunlight all day.

Cons: Wooden pots can deteriorate quickly if they’re continuously in direct contact with water and extreme environmental factors. Therefore, wooden pots are better for indoor use.


METAL

Copper and brass are so trendy right now! Their great color and shine add a sophisticated accent to any house.

Cons: Metals often rust, which isn’t great for your succulents’ health. It’s best to line your metal pots with plastic to protect the metal from water damage and to protect the soil from being contaminated by rust. Metal pots can also heat up quickly if left under the sun, so they’re not the best material for outdoor use.


GLASS

Glass is often used for vases and terrariums because its transparency can show off the beauty of flowers and create a magical world inside terrariums. If you’re creative, you can find unique glass containers for your succulents around your house such as wine bottles and mason jars.

Cons: Fragile, not as breathable, and most of the time lack drainage holes. Glass gets dirty easily and often collect water mineral deposits.

3 comments

  • Posted on by Catherine

    This was helpful especially about metal and plastic pots. I would like to know how many succulents of similar size can be put into various size pots.

  • Posted on by Succulents Box

    Dear Lo,

    Thank you for your suggestion. We will be having some blog posts on the topic of potting succulents coming soon. Stay tuned! :)

  • Posted on by Lo

    While this blog was somewhat informative. It does not mention the best way to pot small, medium or large succulents.

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