The best planters for the self-catering balcony

“Size matters” is the motto when it comes to choosing the right planters for your self-catering balcony! Large pots, buckets and boxes offer a lot of space for soil, the roots can develop well and you also have to water less often. If you offer your plants plenty of opportunities for development, they thank you with a lavish harvest.

The vertical raised bed made of wood is available here.

What exactly does big mean ?!

“Big” means something different for each plant. For example, tomatoes are planted relatively deep, and they also need a lot of nutrients. Here is a small overview to make your selection easier:

// Containers that hold around 10 liters of earth: herbs such as basil, parsley, chives, radishes, arugula or pickling salads feel good in a typical balcony box. Nasturtiums and strawberries are also popular.

Vessels that hold around 15 to 20 liters of soil for: Swiss chard, beetroot, rosemary, sweet pepper, chilli or a bee pasture already need a little more space.

Containers with around 25 to 40 liters
Place there, because now there are bush tomatoes, zucchini, beans, cucumbers and peas. Even the classic stick tomatoes only show their best shape in such a large planter.

If you choose smaller buckets, the plants will of course also grow, but they will not be as big and will bear less fruit.

Nothing works without a deduction

Regardless of the type of vessel you end up with, the extraction holes on the bottom of the pot are essential. These serve to allow the excess water to drain off and prevent waterlogging. Who likes to have permanently wet feet ?! If the roots of the plants remain in the water for a long time, they start to rot and sooner or later they will die. So that the drainage holes do not become clogged, clay shards or a layer of expanded clay are placed on them. These drainage bags are also very practical.

What material?

In addition to creative and individual vessels, such as a wine box or an old pot (drill extraction holes here), there is now also a large selection of colorful balcony boxes and tubs on the market.
Clay or terracotta pots are not recommended because a lot of moisture evaporates over the porous surface and you can hardly keep up with the watering, especially on the south-facing balcony. Metal vessels heat up considerably, which is a real stress test for the plants. Ultimately, durable and high-quality plastic containers are the best choice. They do not allow water to escape to the outside, are weatherproof and have little weight. By the way, sustainability is also possible with plastics, because there are now many suppliers who work with recycling materials.

Above: Clever mix of materials! The pots from esteras consist of a fiberglass-mineral composite. They have a 10-year guarantee and can easily be outdoors all year round.

Below: The manufacturer elho has great colors on offer and most of the containers are made from recycled plastic! 63% of the products are already made from recycled materials. The balcony box is a complete set consisting of a box, coasters, hanging frame and fastening clips.

Below: Another color highlight are the balcony boxes from emsa. They have an integrated water storage tank and make watering irrelevant. The balcony boxes from the “Landhaus” series are also very beautiful.

Below: The bush tomato in a pot of esteras and the zucchini in the root pouch. A planting bag made from PET bottles (100% recycled) and natural fibers.

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