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5 Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants That Thrive in Concrete Planters

Updated: Feb 28

Concrete planters, with their sleek, minimalist design, offer a unique way to showcase the natural beauty of indoor plants. They serve not only as durable homes for your greenery but also as stylish decor pieces. However, when selecting plants for these planters, it’s crucial to consider the planter's material characteristics, especially whether it's sealed or not. This factor significantly influences the type of care your indoor plants will need.


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Understanding Sealed vs. Non-Sealed Concrete Planters

Concrete is a porous material that can allow air and moisture to pass through. Yet, many commercial concrete planters come sealed to protect the concrete from moisture and prevent water and soil from escaping. While this sealing extends the planter's lifespan and maintains its appearance, it also affects water retention, making plant care different from that in non-sealed planters.


Tip: When purchasing concrete planters, always ask the seller if the pots are sealed. For bespoke options like those from The Botanical Blueprint, you can specify your preference for sealed or non-sealed pots to suit your plant care style and the needs of your chosen plants.


Ideal Indoor Plants for Concrete Planters

When it comes to filling your concrete planters with life, some plants stand out for their compatibility with the indoor environment and the specific conditions of sealed or non-sealed concrete planters.


1. Succulents and Cacti


Ideal Indoor Plants for Concrete Planters: Christmas cactus
Ideal Indoor Plants for Concrete Planters: Christmas cactus

Echeveria, Christmas cactus, aloe vera, and jade plants are excellent choices for sealed concrete planters due to their low water needs. They thrive in well-draining soil and can adapt well to the less frequent watering schedule that sealed planters necessitate.


2. Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Its resilience to neglect and ability to thrive in low-light conditions make the snake plant a perfect match for concrete planters. Its upright growth pattern creates a striking visual contrast with the planter's solidity.


3. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ plants are hardy and can tolerate low light and irregular watering, making them suitable for sealed concrete planters. Their glossy leaves add a splash of greenery to any corner.


With a variety of shapes and sizes, philodendrons can adapt to both bright and low-light conditions, making them versatile options for indoor concrete planters.


5. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Ideal for hanging or elevated planters, pothos plants are hardy vines that thrive in low light and can be easily trained, adding a lush feel to your indoor space.


Plant Care in Sealed Concrete Planters

In sealed planters, the inability of water to evaporate through the sides means careful watering is crucial to prevent overwatering. Use a well-draining soil mix and check the soil's moisture level before watering. Plants in sealed planters may also benefit from being placed in areas that receive ample indirect sunlight to help the soil dry out more efficiently between waterings.


Customising Your Concrete Planter

When opting for a custom-made concrete planter, such as those available from The Botanical Blueprint, you have the luxury of choosing between sealed or non-sealed options. This choice allows you to select a planter that best fits your indoor gardening style and the specific needs of your plants.


Concrete planters present a unique combination of rugged durability and sleek design, making them an ideal choice for indoor plant enthusiasts looking to add a touch of minimalism to their decor. By carefully selecting plants that are well-suited to the conditions of your concrete planter and understanding the importance of whether it's sealed, you can create a thriving indoor garden that brings natural beauty into your home.


FAQ's


How often should the plants mentioned in the article be fertilised, especially when grown in concrete planters?

The frequency of fertilisation for the plants mentioned depends on the specific needs of each plant; generally, during their growing season (spring and summer), a balanced, water-soluble fertiliser is recommended every 4-6 weeks. However, it's crucial to research each plant's specific needs.

Can concrete planters cause alkalinity issues in the soil, and if so, how can this be mitigated to protect the plants?

Are there any specific types of pests more likely to infest these indoor plants when planted in concrete planters?


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