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indoor planters vs outdoor plantersIndoor Planters vs Outdoor Planters

There are a number of reasons that you might want to have planters that can be used indoors and or outdoors but there are several issues you will have to deal with primarily centering around the watering and drainage of your planters. Outdoor planters and indoor planters have completely different watering needs and strategies. Outdoor planters are open to the elements such as rain and will need good drainage to keep the boxes from over watering; indoor planters are quite the opposite. Often they will have no drainage and will need ways to manage overflow.
Outdoor Planters
Plants outdoor often die from underwatering. This is because outdoor planters are subject to rainfall and other precipitation that can cause over watering if the excess water does not have a place to drain. If this happens the planters will fill up with water and cause root rot which will result in plant and flower death. Use planters with drain holes outside to prevent excess water from harming your plants. The watering frequency for outdoor planters is usually every 2-3 days unless your planters are in direct sunlight most of the day in which case you may need to water daily. A good solution for outdoor planters is to add a self watering reservoir or watering device either on a timer or connected to a drip line or sprinkler.

Indoor Planters
Unlike outdoor planters which you will water heavier but less often, indoor planters should be watered lighter and more often, typically every day. Indoor planters will only receive water when you manually water them, so they can be subject to neglect if you forget to water, but need to be watertight so they do not leak and cause damage to their surroundings. By watertight, I mean that the planter should not have drain holes or seams that leak. If a planter cannot be ordered without drain holes, then ask the manufacturer if their planters have saucers or drip pans that can be used underneath as a catch to keep your floors from being ruined. A saucer can help you monitor watering levels which can tell you whether you should stop watering or water more. Often if you overwater you may not realize it, until the plants begin to suffer and turn brown or begin to die. Although its possible the plants are not getting enough sunlight, more times than not they are being overwatered.

Modern Outdoor Planters with LightingPlanters on Wheels

So you have indoor planters and outdoor planters, but, what if you have some plants that need to be able to transfer back and forth? If you are growing perennials that are cold sensitive and need to spend the winter inside, then you will need a planter that can go back and forth. Some planters with wheels give the flexibility to roll planters outside and inside depending on the season. Keep in mind, however, that if a planter has drain holes for outside, it will definitely need a drip pan to catch the drainage when it's rolled inside for use.

Plant Ideas for both Indoor and Outdoor
Plants that you might want year round and could be conducive to moving back and forth might center around food plants; fresh herbs, peppers, and tomatoes can add a dynamic impact from a small investment. Easy to handle herbs would include Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Cilantro, Chives, and Sage. You can grow a variety of smaller peppers in sweet and or hot flavors. Smaller tomatoes like Cherry or Roma can be kept in smaller planters with a climbing cage. These three varieties of plants can be maintained within 10 minutes or less a day and be ready to go at a moment's notice to take your food to the next level. Other people just want to add color, and natural fragrance, or even an air purification aspect to their homes. For this there are a number of plants for the first time plant parent and the expert horticulturist alike just be careful and do your research, as many of them are not pet friendly.