The idea of the grand old Malayali household, with its elaborate spaces and open courtyards, has given way to micro families who live in small yet functional houses and flats. This shift has altered the concept of gardening too. Earlier, mini woods where you could see myriad varieties of trees, plants, shrubs and herbs were grown around the house. However, now, the garden got limited to a few hanging pots, especially in the flats. Indoor garden has been grabbing attention lately as it adds a pleasant hint of greenery to the interiors. Since the garden has moved inside the homes, the pots and other garden accessories too need to be equally attractive.
The regular terracotta pots wouldn’t be as appealing in an indoor garden. The pots that are aesthetically pleasing would add that extra oomph to your beautiful garden. Plastic and ceramic pots have great texture and are extremely popular too. Ceramic pots are available from Rs 200 onwards. Though ceramic pots look beautiful, you need to be careful about a few things while growing plants in them. Else, the plants won’t last long.
A ceramic pot, at a glance, may look similar to a terracotta one. The plants that are grown in ceramic pots would dry up easily. So, make sure that there is enough moisture in the pot and the plants need to be watered regularly. It is better to choose a plant that can sit static in water in case you wish to have ceramic pots in your garden. Besides, too much water shouldn’t be poured while planting the bush. Moreover, make sure to monitor the texture of the soil regularly.
Overwatering the plants that are grown in ceramic pots could be disastrous. Though there may be drainage holes, the glaze in the ceramics could hold more moisture than unpainted terracotta pots.
Golden pothos, spider plant, Boston fern and maidenhair fern are some of the indoor plants that are suited for ceramic pots. Add a layer of small pebbles and stones inside the ceramic pots before planting the shrubs. This would strengthen the roots and the plant grows healthy by spreading beautiful leaves.