Cheap, plastic planters are the usual go-to pots for carnivorous plants, but sometimes we want finer things in life! I think of planters in the same sense as purses: all they do is hold things, but they make an impression and we want them to look nice! Here are some ideas for upgrading your planter game and turning your garden into a work of art!
Note: Remember that nearly all carnivorous plants require good drainage. Sometimes a perfect pot isn’t made with any holes in the bottom. You may need to break out that drill and DIY drainage holes in some of these.
Generally, you also want to select planters in light colors. Avoid black, dark grey, and dark brown planters unless you plan to paint it a lighter color or will be keeping it out of direct sunlight. A black pot in direct will be sure to cook some poor little roots!
Resin Planters (aka Fancy Plastic)
Resin is a type of plastic, but apparently they have different meanings when you search online! Check out resin pots vs plastic pots, and you’ll find the resin containers much more attractive. They often look like rustic stoneware or antiqued metal, but are actually completely safe to use with carnivorous plants. Plus, they’re just as lightweight as regular ol’ plastic. Resin planters are by far my personal favorite. There’s also just so much variety and styles! For example….
You could go simple, sleek, and modern with this geometric planter, available in several different colors.
Or be Halloween-ready with this skull planter! I love the bronze coloring and textured details on this too. Rosetted sundews like d. spatulata or pygmy sundews would look perfectly like brains in this! This one is definitely on my wish list!
If whimsical and cute is more your style, this fairy garden house planter is just too adorable! The planting area looks a bit shallow, so I would recommend young plants or plants with shallow roots like Pinguicula in here. How is it that I love this and the skull pot equally? I can’t decide!
This tree-turtle hybrid creature would make a nice compliment to either the fairy or spooky garden theme! I’d like to put this guy on my front porch to greet visitors. 😀
Glazed Ceramic Planters
Glazed ceramic planters look nicer than plastic and are also easy to clean and re-use. They are heavier and are more likely to break, however. Glazed ceramic should also only be used if the entire pot is fully glazed. Unglazed clay, stoneware or other earthen materials will absorb and build up minerals over time, which will harm most carnivorous plants. Generally speaking, if a pot is breathable and porous, don’t use it. If it’s non-porous (ie: glazed, or plastic) then it’s safe to use for carnivorous plants.
I don’t know if these mini animal planters all all fully glazed, but there is no denying how freaking adorable they are! When looking online, the trick is to look at photos that show the inside of the pot. If you can see clay, it’s not fully glazed. Some of the animals look safe to use, but on others, you just can’t tell. I may just buy this pack and use any non-glazed ones for non-carnivores. Of course, there is always the option to email the seller and ask.
Exception to the rules!
Pinguicula are one of the few types of carnivores that are quite tolerant of minerals, so an unglazed clay pot would be fine for growing them. Mexican Pinguicula also have very shallow roots and don’t need very deep soil. I really like the looks of these bonsai planters for pings. I’ve seen some people plant them in an abalone shell too! In nature, butterworts are often growing on vertical rock faces. Some growers get really creative and plant them in the crevices of large volcanic rocks!
Hanging Planters (usually resin/plastic)
Hanging pots are most often used for Nepenthes, but don’t knock them for other types of carnivores too! At California Carnivores, there is a set of hanging planters with Drosera Binata “Marston’s Dragon” in them and they look great falling all over the place! I think with Sarracenia species that grow outwards like S. Pscittacina, they could look awesome too. The only thing with Sarracenia and sundews is they like to be kept fairly wet, so you may need to water more frequently since the pot has no tray. Thankfully, these self-watering hanging planters exist and are awesome, but make the potting space a bit shallower. Generally, you don’t want to cram plants with long roots in a shallow pot. Roots need plenty of room and always more soil to access.
Hope I inspired you to get creative with your carnivorous plant pots in this post! Do you currently have a favorite planter? Tell me all about it and why you love it!