Nearly all houseplants start off life small, so it is important to find the best small indoor plant pots to give your little indoor plants the best start in life. Some small houseplants will grow out of their pots in no time at all, whereas some will stay small for the majority of their life. Examples of small indoor plants include ivy, succulents, bamboo, bonsai plants and string of pearls.
There are a few things to consider when shopping around for small plant pots, you'll need to ensure that they have some sort of drainage so your soil doesn't get too wet, causing your plant to drown. If you're considering a saucer or a tray under your pot, make sure to empty it from time to time. If you like a pot without drainage holes, don't worry. Keep your plant in its plastic container and use the nicer pot as a cover.
Best small indoor plant pots at a glance:
• Best overall: Waitrose Garden Single Galvanised Pot - View on Waitrose Garden
• Eco-friendly: 7" Nut Husk Plant Pot, Planter Pot with Saucer - View on Etsy
• Best value: Ceramic Footed Plant Pot White - View on Dunelm
You'll also need to consider the material of your small indoor pot - we've included lots of ceramic plant pots, as they're the most popular kind you'll find in houses. They come in all kinds of styles, colours and sizes to suit any preference. You can also find clay pots, which are heavy, porous and ideal for larger plants - perfect for ferns, cacti and succulents.
We’re here to help make caring for your houseplant as easy as possible, with these small plant pots being perfect for giving your favourite plant babies a new lease of life or to help settle a mighty newcomer into your home. Alongside this, we’ve answered your burning questions about which design is best, what plants will do well in smaller pots and more.
Best small indoor plant pots
Available in an array of different sizes, these galvanised steel pots from Waitrose will be a
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
- Different sizes available
- Slight imperfections and variations may occur in colour, shape and size
Best plant pot with drainage holes
This lovely blue ceramic plant pot from Chive is a fab option if you want drainage for your plant
- Colours and textures really pop
- Drainage holes and saucer
- They are small in size, check the dimensions before ordering
Best eco-friendly small indoor plant pot
If you're looking for an indoor plant pot that is kinder to the environment, this plant pot from
- Made from sustainable materials
- Natural texture
- Drainage holes
Best for aloe vera
Aloe Vera is a hardy plant that doesn't need loads of TLC. However, in order to get those big,
- Comes in two sizes
- Bold design
- Not to everyone's taste
Best for succulents
Most succulents grow pretty slowly, so you'll need to find a cosy home for them so they have
- Small pots great for indoor plants
- Variety of sizes and colours
- Some sizes go out of stock quickly
Best metal plant pot
Handmade in a rustic gold finish, this Wayfair Fernly Cachepot is fab for getting plants off the
- Adds height to your indoor space
- Choice of colours
- As a handmade product, there are minor differences from one to another
Best rustic plant pot
This paired-back rustic plant pot from H&M makes the perfect backdrop for your plants and will fit
- Drainage holes
- Great quality
Best value indoor plant pot
Available in small and medium sizes, this plain white ceramic pot from Dunelm is of great value.
- Great value
- Simple and stylish
- Not the strongest quality clay
Best boho plant pot
If you love a bohemian theme, this patterner weave planter will make any small or medium plant
- Lining to protect the wicker
- Could be used as a basket too
- Larger than many on the list
Plants that can live in small outdoor pots
Examples of plants that grow slowly and thrive in smaller pots include:
String of pearls
Chinese money plant
Polka dot plant
Do you have to re-pot small indoor plants?
Many indoor plants are slow growing and can be happy in their pretty snug pots as they don't need a lot of space for their roots. However, if you see roots protruding (not just one or two) out of the drainage holes in your pot, it might be time to report your plant into a new pot, but only increase the size slightly. If your pot doesn't have drainage holes, look for signs that your plant isn't looking too happy. Repotting may just save its life.
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Hannah Mellinis a Home & Product Writer for Modern Gardens, A Modern Kitchen, Yours and Take A Break. She has been working in the Journalism industry for over a decade and has written for an array of brands. When she's not writing, researching or testing products, she's renovating her Victorian terrace and chilling in the garden with her sausage dog Waffle.