Some people enjoy the natural look of a clay pot, especially when the appearance of the plant rather than its furnishing value in the room or garden patio is all-important. The overall effect of most Specimen Plants is, however, improved by being placed in a pot holder. These pot holders come in many materials, shapes and prices – you can buy ones made of wire, plastic, pottery, wood, glass fibre, cane or metal. Apart from these shop-bought types there are also many ordinary household objects which can be used – popular examples include copper bowls and kettles. The one rule for any pot holder is that either the lower part or all of it must be waterproof.
A wide choice, but do make sure that the style of the pot holder is in keeping with the style of the room. Stainless steel cylinders are splendid in ultra-modern surroundings. Wicker baskets and plant-filled china tea pots are charming in period rooms. But change them round and the display will seem out of place.
The style of the pot holder is therefore important and so is its size. It should be at least 1 in wider than the pot – a rather larger space is preferable. The pot holder should also be taller than the pot, and the treatment of the space between the pot holder and pot depends on the plant. For dry-air plants (Cacti, Succulents, Aspidistra etc) leave the space empty – for other plants fill the void with, and stand the pot on, damp peat. This damp peat increases the moisture around the plant.