Pros And Cons Of Ceramic Pots

One of the commonly preferred indoor pots and planters are ceramic pots. They can be easily found online and also from offline suppliers of clay pots in most areas. However, just like any other products, there are advantages and disadvantages of ceramic planters. Take a look at the pros and cons of ceramic planters for to help you arrive at a decision.


  • Ceramics are more appealing especially when glazed or painted to provide design. They are perfect for indoor plants and even for plants that are placed in your garden or outdoor area.
  • Ceramics are porous thereby providing air and moisture to the plants, even down to the roots level.
  • Ceramics are heavier compared to other materials used for pots so they can withstand the weight of a growing plant.
  • Because of its weight, it cannot be easily blown or toppled.
  • Its thick walls protect the plants from sudden change in temperature. During hot season, it protects the plants from absorbing excessive heat. It can also trap water and moisture within the soil thereby giving a healthier environment for the plant.
  • Glazed ceramic pots are waterproof thereby trapping water and moisture which is ideal during hot weather.


  • Ceramic planters generally come in single drainer at the bottom. This way, it provides poor or insufficient drainage for most plants and species. In order to add more drainage to the ceramic pots, you need to drill more holes. The process can potentially break or damage the pot.
  • Ceramic pots are breakable and when exposed to outdoor areas, they can chip thereby damaging the entire appearance of the plant.
  • Ceramics and clay pots are prone to cracking during winter or when exposed to extreme cold. When the soil freezes and expands, ceramics crack and get damaged.
  • Re-potting can be very challenging. Ceramic pots usually crack during the process.
  • The design of ceramic pots is usually curved in shape making it difficult to change potting mix or repotting.
  • It can also retain more heat which can kill microorganism and burn plants.