What are Plant Saucers?
Plant saucers are small containers made from glass or plastic which contain soil and other organic matter. They can be used indoors or outdoors. There are several types of plant saucers available on the market today, but they all have one thing in common: they’re designed to hold only certain kinds of plants. For example, some plant saucers will not hold tomatoes, while others may only house roses and geraniums. Some plant saucers even come with a built-in light bulb so that you don’t have to worry about keeping them lit.
Some people use these plant saucers for their own personal gardening needs, while others use them for commercial purposes such as selling their plants at farmers markets or fairs. You can find out more about how to choose the right type of plant saucer here.
Do Plants Need Saucers?
The answer to this question depends on your specific situation. If you live in a climate where it’s cold outside, then you might want to consider using a plant saucer indoors instead of having them exposed to the elements. On the other hand, if you live in a warmer climate like Florida or Texas, then you probably won’t need any kind of saucer indoors since there isn’t much danger of frost during winter months.
Do Outdoor Plants Need Saucers?
Some people argue that you don’t need plant saucers for outdoor plants since the ground will be able to absorb all of the water. This might be partially true if you’re growing your plants in soil, but you should still use plant saucers for outdoor plants that are grown in organic material such as peat moss or coco. There are several reasons why you should use plant saucers outside:
There is a slight chance of frost occurring during certain winter months. If this happens, the plants inside of the plant saucers will not get as damaged since they’re not directly touching the ground.
There will also be less of a chance that the frost actually penetrates through the container and damages your plants.
If you’re growing your plants in peat moss or coco, then plant saucers will help to retain moisture in the soil. If you don’t use plant saucers, then all of the water will be absorbed into the ground which might cause the soil to become too wet and soggy.
In addition to using plant saucers outside, it is highly recommended that you place a tarp on the ground underneath the saucer. This will help to prevent the moisture from seeping into the ground and keep it around the plant instead.
Do Indoor Plants Need Saucers?
If you’re growing your plants indoors, then you’ll probably need plant saucers to catch excess water. Without using a saucer, all of this water will just end up on your floor which can cause damage over time. Most plant saucers can be stacked so that they take up less space. The only problem with stacking saucers is that the top container won’t be able to drain as well as the bottom container. If you’re worried about excess water building up inside of the top container, then just cut out pieces of vinyl (or something similar) and place them on the bottom of each saucer for better drainage.
Do Succulents Need Saucers?
If you have succulents, then you probably know that it’s important to use plant saucers to catch water. Even if it’s just a small amount of water, succulents can’t tolerate being watered too much. So if you use a plant saucer for your succulent, then you’ll be able to tell right away if it’s been watered too much.
What Size Should My Plant Saucer Be?
This is going to be determined by what size pots your plants are in. If you have very small pots, then you should use smaller plant saucers. If you have larger pots, then you can safely use larger plant saucers. Most people prefer to use large plant saucers since they can hold more water and prevent a mess if the pots happen to be knocked over. The exception to this rule is if you’re growing your plants in a very large container such as a garbage can or something similar. In this case, using a large plant saucer might be a bit overkill since the excess water will just wind up on the floor.
Plastic VS. Clay
There are two major types of material that plant saucers are made from and those are plastic and clay. Each material has its own pros and cons.
Plastic is the most common material that plant saucers are made from. The benefit of using plastic is that it’s lightweight so if you have to move your plants, then it’s much easier to do so when the plants are sitting in plastic saucers.
It’s also very cheap and these types of plant saucers can be found at most home improvement stores.
Sources & references used in this article:
Plant saucer with overflow relief valve by HJ Staas – US Patent 6,047,499, 2000 – Google Patents
Root saving plant saucer by CS Smead – US Patent 6,766,615, 2004 – Google Patents
Flowerpot saucer by LE Meyer – US Patent 1,600,055, 1926 – Google Patents
Root saving plant saucer by C Smead – US Patent App. 10/901,018, 2005 – Google Patents
Plant stand with rotating trivet and saucer by CT Rich, EJ Holliday, C Rymer – US Patent App. 12/076,091, 2009 – Google Patents
Hanger for potted plants by JJ Elliott – US Patent 4,506,475, 1985 – Google Patents