Have you ever been a little bit scared about putting soil and implant in a beautiful urn, vase, or pot you possibly paid a lot of money for? Or, have you ever bought a plant in one of those ugly plastic or clay containers and couldn’t wait to repot it into a nicer container?
If the answer to either of those questions is yes, the solution may be in using a cachepot. If you look at the origins of the word cachepot, it is French and it means to hide a pot.
Basically the trick is to use your beautiful container as the cachepot, the outside pot in a two pot system. You will simply take the container the plant arrived in and drop it into the attractive outer pot. You have essentially created a pot within a pot the beautiful is on the outside and the ugly is on the inside.
Sounds simple, right?
Well, there are definitely a few tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts that can make this little venture a success or failure.
Check out this video for clever plant container and cachepot ideas
It Might Not Be A Good Idea To Repot Your Houseplant As Soon As You Buy It
I know I have been guilty of this. I buy a nice plant at the store in the first thing I want to do is repot it. I just can’t stand those ugly containers that plants are sold in. So, my reason for wanting to repot so rapidly is because of aesthetics. I do not usually have the plants best interest at heart.
If I were putting the plants best interest at heart I might not repot it right away. This might not be the best of ideas for a few reasons.
You just think about it for a second when you are buying a plant you’re removing it from the conditions (light frequency of watering etc.) that is gotten used to. You are going to set it up in the new surroundings. That is a shock to the system of the plant.
If you repot the plant immediately, you are doubling the stress on the plant by forcing it to adapt to new size container, root growth etc. so how about we leave the plant be for a bit and let it adapt for changing its growing environment further by repotting.
Just think about it for a second. If the plant looks healthy and it is thriving, then there is no need to repot it. Do they ever need to be repotted? Of course, but usually not when you first buy them.
A general rule of thumb is that actively growing healthy, young, houseplants should be re-potted once a year, generally in the spring.
The beauty of using the cachepot is that you can immediately improve the aesthetics of the plant by leaving the original container alone, and dropping it into a larger much more attractive container.
In using a cachepot you can achieve a very fashion forward decor enhancing look while keeping your plant happy.
Cachepot Design Ideas
The outer pots can be made of ceramic material, metal materials – particularly bronze and silver, or handwoven rattan. The possibilities are endless.
Here is a list of materials that can be used for outer pots.
- Ceramic, glazed pots
- Rattan or woven baskets
- Various metals
- Wooden crates
- Cement urns or pots
- Fiberglass pots
- Terra-cotta pots
- Recycled cans and buckets
You can create a clever balcony arrangement by simply taking two different color pots and alternating them in a row. It is simple but extremely attractive.
There is almost an infinite variation of blue-and-white pottery available. You might want a theme a room using different sizes and patterns of blue-and-white pottery.
There are many pottery sets available which will have a common design theme with different sizes and shapes this lends a lot of interest to displaying houseplants whether it is indoors or outside on your balcony.
Remember the rule of three in design. I learned this tip while watching a design show. As they were accessorizing a bookshelf the presenter mentioned that these accessories are grouped in threes. There would be some variation in the group such as a tall vase, a squat figure, and is a horizontal piece. It’s weird since I heard that rule of three I am always looking for groupings of three.
A cachepot can be used as a wall sconce. You can either place bouquets of flowers in or set them up with plants with trailing vines or drooping leaves to break up a blank wall.
A pair of really tall urns to the left and right of the entryway to your home can make a wonderful first impression for guests and visitors. Once you have the urns set you can interchange the plant inserts according to your mood.
I saw an herb garden in which Twinings tea tins were used. As each flavored tea comes in a uniquely colored pot it made an attractive windowsill display.
One thing that I like to do is visit thrift stores they usually have I’ll after I’ll of kitchen ware woven baskets in various containers of all different types. If you go and take a trip to a thrift store with the specific intent of finding creative pots and containers, you will probably find something original and unusual.
Add a little paint or varnish and you’ve got a unique one-of-a-kind planter.
Some Practical Tips On Using Cachepots
- If the outer container is porcelain, glass, or China try to use an plastic interior pot. This will decrease the chances of breaking the outer pot if the unit is jostled. Glass banging on glasses a recipe for disaster.
- Make sure the interior pot is level and stable. Wedged in and prop it up. Water will almost certainly flow through the interior pot and end up on the bottom of the cachepot. We want to prevent the roots from rotting by sitting in that stagnant water.
- Elevate the interior plant pot. You can use pieces of packing foam, and upside down plastic or Tupperware container (so the water doesn’t fill it), or a small wire stand.
- Make the interior pot easy to clean. Some people like to use pebbles, foam pellets, or perlite loose in the bottom of the pot. This will elevate the pot but will make cleaning difficult. It provides a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and also mosquitoes if the pot is outdoors.
- Empty the stagnant water from the bottom of the pot periodically and clean the pot. Trust me, that water can get stinky and very nasty in a short period of time. One time, I was sniffing all around the house because of the nasty smell and I was blaming my poor cat as well. It turned out to be a dirty cachepot.
If the pot is outside place a tablet of Mosquito dunk in the bottom of the cachepot.
- Mosquito dunk are organic tablets that kill mosquito larva before they can develop into biting mosquitoes. They are harmless to other insects, birds, pets etc. They are commonly used in ponds, hydroponic systems, and animal water troughs. You can pick them up at almost any garden center and they are available on Amazon.
Benefits To Using Pots Within Pots For Houseplants.
It’s not surprising that the primary benefit of using pots within pots for houseplants is to produce some pleasing aesthetics and for decor enhancement. A clay pot is a clay pot. A plastic tub is a plastic tub. But there are an infinite variety of decorative vases, urns, and various containers that can be used creatively to create unique fashion statement.
The larger outer pots can be made of any material, come in any shape, size, and color. The only requirement is that it needs to be large enough to have a smaller pot placed within it.
Another benefit to using a cachepot is that it makes the changing of plants a very simple process. It’s almost like changing a battery in a flashlight old battery out, new battery in. When you change plants you do not have to mess around with repotting them and the mess that creates. You’re just dropping in the new insert.
In the entryway to my home I have a beautiful Art Deco table and planter. I like to keep it full of chrysanthemums. In a few weeks, when they die off I simply pull the pot out and drop in a new pot. Sometimes I’ll change the color of the flowers depending on my mood. But the essential design of the table and planter stays constant.
I hope you got some valuable tips, tricks, and ideas about using a pot within a pot to hide those ugly old plastic and clay pots. The design possibilities are endless.
Following the few simple guidelines I have laid out above will ensure your success in not only having healthy plants but having a fashion forward design scheme.
Wishing you the best in your gardening adventures,
Thanks For Visiting.