Plant containers for indoor plants

Plant containers for indoor plantsThe benefits of indoor plants are wide ranging. Not only do they contribute to the visual appeal of interior spaces, but it’s been well-established that they offer quite a few health and productivity benefits. Indoor plants help to purify indoor air and have been shown to boost the mood of employees and guests.

A great deal of consideration and effort goes into designing and installing a plantscaping project. Plants must be carefully selected based on many factors such as hardiness, maintenance and light requirements to list just a few.

But things don’t end with the plants themselves. The containers in which indoor plants live are just as important as the plants themselves.

Plant container size

Many factors contribute to plant container selection with size being the first factor to consider. The good news is that most every style of indoor plant container comes in a full range of sizes from tiny tabletop containers to massive floor standing models. Keep in mind that the available space for an interior installation will ultimately determine the size of the containers used in a plantscaping project.

The other major class of plant container is planters. These are often built-in but can also be free-standing. Please see our blog post about the custom, built-in planters our Commercial Plantscaping division designed, built, and installed for AEI’s headquarters. Planters are ideal for dense planting of foliage and serve to divide or frame an interior space.

Indoor plant container shapes

Shape is another extremely important consideration when selecting indoor plant containers with the choices being vast. Just about any of the basic geometric shapes are available to choose from ranging from square, to cylindrical, to rectangular, to multi-sided such as hexagonal and octagonal, all the way to modern, free-form shapes such as tapered cylinders. Classic bowls and urns are also available for both tabletop and floor installations.

Lest we forget, the variety of foliage to be used in an installation will have a direct bearing on container selection. Plant type will influence not only container size but also the material, color, and shape. Foliage with variegated leaves is complemented nicely with wooden planters or ceramic containers with their own degree of variegation such as those with layered glazes.

Materials used for indoor plant containers

Finally, the material plant containers are constructed from will have an impact not only appearance, but also on the important issue of maintenance and longevity of the installation. Stone and ceramic materials are porous. This is supportive for healthy root systems by allowing for proper water drainage and air flow, but this can also lead to cracking over time.  The “grow pot” is always placed in the decorative container, which makes it much easier and cleaner when plants need to be replaced.

Fortunately, indoor temperatures are typically maintained within a narrow range in most commercial facilities and cracking due to large temperature swings is greatly minimized. Terra cotta containers come in a wealth of colors thanks to glazing or can be used unglazed, in a bisque state. Succulents are typically planted in unglazed (bisque) ceramic containers.

Metallic containers provide a modern look and work especially well in lobbies, hallways, and reception areas. They also are not prone to cracking. And don’t overlook plastic or resin-based containers.

We often associate cheapness with plastic but resin indoor plant containers offer a wealth of options and benefits. First forget that notion the resin containers are flimsy plastic that easily cracks. The reality is quite the opposite.

Resin-based containers are poured with thick walls which makes for a substantial and sturdy container of surprisingly lightweight. This not only makes the containers easy to install, but it also saves on shipping costs bringing down the final cost of the container. And when it comes to color choice, the sky’s the limit. Just like with commercial paint, an infinite variety of colors is possible through color mixing.

Let our Commercial Plantscaping team help design and install your plantscaping project. Use the quote form on our Commercial Plantscaping services page to request a free, no-obligation quote today!

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