The difference between a planter and a pot.

In almost every apartment there are indoor plants, the number of which is sometimes in the tens. It is obvious that any green friend needs not only a cozy, but also a beautiful "house". Fortunately, on the shelves of modern stores there is a huge selection of flower pots and pots made in various shades, sizes, materials. However, many people do not see a significant difference between the two mentioned accessories. In this article, we will tell you how a pots differ from a pot.



Flowerpot - a decorative vessel, inside which a pot with a plant is placed. Usually, clay containers are placed in the bowels of the accessory, which eventually lose their attractiveness. Sometimes pots, with drainage pre-filled to the bottom, are used as flower pots. However, these containers are not adapted for this purpose, because there are no holes in them through which excess water would flow. Planters are made from a wide variety of materials: plastic, metal, wood, ceramics, vines, rattan. Vessels made of frost-resistant earthenware and chamotte are more suitable for outdoor placement. It is worth noting that many pots are in no way inferior to exquisite vases in terms of the beauty of the decoration.


The pot is a vessel used for growing plants at home. Available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Most often made from clay (ceramics) and plastic. Other materials, such as glass, wood, metal, are used much less often and have a number of significant disadvantages. The pots have drainage holes for water drainage. They have been used by humans for centuries. Even the ancient Egyptians used containers to transport plants from one place to another. The Romans were the first to start bringing flowers into the room during cold weather. In the 18th century, containers were used to transport breadfruit seeds from Tahiti to India.


As can be seen from the above descriptions, the main difference between the accessories lies in their purpose. The pot is used as a container for planting plants. It is equipped with drainage holes that also enable bottom watering. To prevent the liquid from flowing onto the windowsill, floor or other surface, a saucer must be placed under the vessel. As for the pots, it plays a predominantly decorative role. A pot with a plant is placed inside the container. The planter itself has no holes at the bottom, so excess water remains in the vessel. It is worth noting that many people plant plants directly in decorative "vases", thus changing their purpose. In this case, drainage must be poured onto the bottom.

Another difference between a planter and a pot is in the materials of manufacture. The first accessory is made of felt, glass, metal, and wood... That is, the production focuses on beauty, not practicality. That is why many planters have a stylish and original design. They are decorated with all kinds of patterns and decorative elements. Most pots are made from practical materials such as clay and plastic. They are characterized by a rather simple design and the absence of various frills. It is also worth noting that pots are optimal for decorating open spaces. Indeed, with natural moistening by precipitation, excess moisture will be removed on its own. The flowerpot is much less often used for landscape design. This is due to the fact that in order to prevent decay of the root system, a person has to pour water out of the container with his own hand. And in the case of mass plantings, this process is a lot of trouble.

To summarize, what is the difference between a planter and a pot.


Planters Pot
Plays mainly a decorative roleUsed as a container for planting plants
Has no holes in the bottomEquipped with drain holes
Moisture from the pot flows down into the containerA saucer must be placed under the vessel to collect excess water
Made of a wide variety of materialsIt is made mainly of clay and plastic
It has a stylish and original appearance, it is distinguished by an abundance of decorative elementsSimple design
Rarely used for landscapingIdeal for open spaces