Plants for Shallow Pots


When you are thinking about growing a container garden, shallow pots are lighter and easier to handle than deep pots and they can support a wide variety of plants. For a plant to thrive in a shallow pot, it needs roots that tend to spread out rather than down, and there are many options that are available to you.

Bonsai Trees

  • Bonsai trees are the result of meticulous care and pruning, and they grow every well in shallow pots. A pot for a bonsai tree should be as deep as the trunk of the tree, measuring from the start of the roots up to the first branches, and it should be as wide as the spread of the branches. According to Creative Homemaking, a very long, shallow pot can be used to house two bonsai trees together.

Strawberry Plants

  • Strawberry plants are hardy green plants that produce small red fruit. They are shallow rooted and do very well in shallow pots. They do require a well-drained potting mix that will prevent their root system from getting soggy and moldy. When the fruit appear, hang them over the edge of the pot to keep them from touching the soil and rotting.


  • The pothos is a tough vine plant that is easily grown and popular in offices and other places that might not receive a lot of light. They require bright, indirect light, and they can grow all year long if it remains warm enough. They are a shallow rooted plant that does very well in a wide variety of containers.


  • Herbs tend to be small plants with shallow root systems. This allows them to be grown very easily in shallow pots and containers. Some common herbs that do well in shallow containers include mint, basil and rosemary. While they do need bright light, herbs can be a good choice for someone with limited space who still wants some greenery in their home or apartment.


  • Succulents are plants with fleshy tissue that allows the plant to store water over extended periods of time. Some common succulents include the cactus, the jade plant and the sedum. They are all tough plants that require a great deal of natural light, but they are easy to grow in shallow pots. Shallow pots allow their roots to spread out and they allow the soil to stay drier, which most succulents prefer.

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