Growing indoors for winter? Protect your floors and furniture

Houseplants are a great way to take advantage of the benefits plants bring to the are they’re in, even though the cold weather may be keeping you inside. These benefits range from improvement in air quality, increase in oxygen levels, better overall health for inhabitants of the home, and – according to researchers – improved concentration and memory retention.

Plant in clear round plastic saucer

With perks like these, there’s no reason not to go out and get a few plants to green up a home interior, while also keeping in mind what an outdoor plant needs to survive indoors. Plants all need the basics; soil, air, and water – and while the soil can be neatly contained in the pot it’s in, but the water can be tricky.

Water on a wood floor

Outside of succulents, houseplants generally need to be watered every few days, though the frequency fluctuates with what type of plant it is. While depriving a plant of water will cause it to shrivel up, overwatering will also cause damage to the plant that can include root rot, wilting, or drowning because the plant’s unable to get oxygen. The tricky part to the water besides making sure the plant is getting enough of it, is making sure that any water that drains out of the pot doesn’t damage wood floors or furniture. If you have rugs, the damage can be bad for the rug as well as the floor underneath it - pigments can be leached from the pot (if it’s painted or a colored ceramic), and mold and mildew can grow underneath the pot, eating away at the rug itself.

Keeping carpet clean

Other issues found with potted plants are:

  • Dirt that may get spilled from the pot.
  • Depressions in the carpet from a heavy pot sitting in one place for an extended amount of time.
  • Scratches on wood floors from where a pot may have been dragged instead of lifted.
  • Plant debris (leaves or broken branches) that may have fallen off and begun to decay.
  • Stains from the minerals and iron commonly found in tap water.

Clear round plastic saucer

Luckily, all these issues can be easily taken care of by placing a protective tray underneath the pot that will protect the floor as well as any furniture the plants may be located on. The Clear Round Plastic Saucers from Left Coast Wholesale will prevent damage to floors, desks, and tables by inhibiting water from flowing out of the pots and onto the surface where the plant pot rests.

Tree in plastic saucer from Left Coast Wholesale

Now that you have the Clear Round Plastic Saucer, you can rest easy knowing that the weight of the pot is more evenly distributed on the rug, and excess water, dirt, or debris is getting caught and easier to clean off.  While the Clear Round Plastic Saucers can catch the excess water if you give your plant to much of a good thing. If this happens, and it’s a fairly light amount, you can wait a few days to see if it evaporates before deciding to move your plant to dump the excess from the tray. If your potted plants are fairly small (ferns, philodendrons, flowers) you can take them to the sink for watering, then place them back in the Clear Round Plastic Saucer after the excess water has drained off. Your floors – and furniture! – will thank you for it.

Stack of clear round plastic saucers

Have a hydroponic or garden supply store? Left Coast Wholesale has you covered with wholesale pricing available on Clear Round Plastic Saucers.  If you’re looking for Clear Round Plastic Saucers near you, call 800.681.1757 today to find a local Clear Round Plastic Saucers retailer!

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