The Q&A Archives: Small Pots on Windowsill

Question: Can you recommend a plant or plants that would do well growing in small clay pots in a windowsill?

Answer: Small pots present a bit of a challenge because so many plants outgrow them quickly and also because terra cotta tends to dry out rather quickly. One possibility would be a very small plant such as Baby's Tears with with pot itself left sitting in a small saucer of water. Another possibility would be the mini African violets which are set in self-watering pots; these in turn can be set inside the clay pot for camouflage. Both of these would do well in a bright but not overly sunny wondow. If you have a southern or western exposure you might look at some of the succulents such as small cacti and kalanchoe, although these too might do best with their plastic nursery pots slipped inside the terra cotta pot. Last but not least, for nearly any window that old standby English ivy does fine -- and it is available in any number of different leaf sizes and shapes. .These have all done very well for me in small pots on the window sill.

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