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Great potAshleyFantastic pot!5

Happy purchase.LeahGood quality with nice price. Little bit heavy than thought.4

The best!JenniferI love these pots, so well made, heavy, durable, great for growing herbs inside.5

I love the style, classy.RosemaryI love the style, classy.5

Both products are versatile andKatherineBoth products are versatile and can be used over and over.5

good valueRobertagood value5

Works greatElizabethWorks great5

Perfect pot for house plants.BeverlyClay pot has a hole at the bottom, and comes with a saucer.5

Best pot ever!KarinaBeautiful design, great quality!5

Easy to scratch.JermaineIt is a nice pot but way too easy to scratch. From the packing in the store it was hard to find one with few scratches even ones on the bottom.4

Great product for the price.AimeeGreat product for the price.5

Good buyTEENAI wanted to have something to put my new plants in...these were perfect. Good quality!!5

Clay Pot with drainage hole and saucer.ELAINEHappy to find this pot with drainage hole In this versatile size. But since I found it in the clearance section I am not sure it is readily available.5

Scratchy SurfacePolarThey all have scratches all over the surface at the store. None of them looks perfect and scratch free like the photo.3

Good price for pot andJamesGood price for pot and saucer4

It"s a potAARONIt's a terra cotta pot.5

Classic potsMI’m using these for my outdoor herb garden. Beautiful pots and I love the fact that the plant saucer is deep. So if you bottom water it make it easy with no mess.5

Nice terracotta set.ErynNice terracotta set.4

Ingefara pottery potJacquelineExcellent size and everything. I love classis pottery and these pots are ideal.5



plant pot and a saucer

When it comes to any type of plant, even more so with indoor plants, drainage is one of the key aspects you need to keep a close eye on. So you may have noticed that good containers will have drainage holes at the bottom. But often people forget to consider one thing, where will that excess water go. That’s where a saucer comes in.

So, why do plant pots need saucers? Whilst they aren’t necessary, plant pots use saucers to collect the water that drains from your pot. Without this, it can easily spill onto your carpets, floors and furniture. So after each watering, your saucer will capture the excess water, preventing any spillage in your home. Once you’ve watered your plants though and given the water a few minutes to drain through, you must ensure you empty the saucer.

It’s not uncommon for beginners to leave the water in the saucer. But this can be devastating for your plant. Even if you’ve got some well-draining potting soil and plenty of holes in your pot, if the saucer is full, it’s not going anywhere. This has the potential to bring on root rot in your plant as the roots will be sat in a pool of water. To prevent this, ensure that you tip away the excess in your saucer after each watering. Also, it’s best to tip it away whenever you start to notice more water pooling. But this is unlikely after the first watering.

What Are Plant Saucers?

Plant saucers are dishes that you place under your plant pot to catch any of the excess water that has drained through. They are usually shallow and tend to be ceramic. Sometimes they come matching with the pots that you have purchased, but most of the time they need to be bought separately. Just remember that their main purpose it to prevent water spilling everywhere, not to hold a pool of water for your plants to drown in. If you have a few plants you want to keep together, you can even get tiered saucers such as this one.

Benefits Of Using Saucers

Saucers aren’t just a way to add a bit more decoration to your home, they do provide some benefits for your plants. 

First off, the main benefit is that they capture the excess water that comes out from your plant pot. This is key to avoiding a big mess after each watering session. Without them, you’d find a a nice wet patch in your home surrounding the pot. Whilst that may be fine as a one off, if you’re doing it consistently in the same place, it could lead to rot in your actual home in places such as wooden floorboards. But an alternative is to water your plants in the sink, but try to avoid moving them around too much as this can cause stress for them.

Another benefit is using them to increase the humidity. If you’ve got a plant such as the birds nest fern then you may want to increase the humidity in its vicinity. You can do this by placing a few pebbles in a saucer then filling it with water. Doing this will help give a small area a slight boost in humidity, which can really help some plants thrive. 

Finally, there’s the decorative aspect. You can buy some to match your home and they really add a nice touch. Succulents tend to sit well in them, and due to their size you can place them pretty much anywhere in your home. I tend to always keep a couple on my coffee table in the living room.

Drawbacks Of Using Saucers

There isn’t many drawbacks with saucers, but they are quite severe. But as long as you follow the advice I’ve given, you have nothing to worry about as these problems are easily avoided.

The major drawback with saucers is the pooling water. It’s really easy to think that it’s a good idea to give your plant that extra water to sit in. But trust me, it’s not. This is just a one way ticket to root rot, which will eventually kill your plant. Saucers are not intended for holding water for your plant, simply as a way to catch the excess and prevent it spilling everywhere. Having water there will also suffocate your plant as they require oxygen around their roots so they can use the sugars to grow.  Once you’ve finished watering, give it a few minutes to fully drain then tip away the water that’s collected in the saucer. Doing this will prevent your plant from suffering from any problems. 

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Plant Saucers - Curtis Wagner Plastics

Plant saucers are a great way to water plants with peace of mind. They allow your plants to have proper drainage without the risk of water damage. However, many people aren’t sure how to water their plants correctly. Improper watering practices are the leading cause of houseplant death. Therefore, learn how to water your plants properly with plant saucers.

Watering Plants with Plant Saucers

Top watering your plants, or pouring water into the top of the pot, helps provide water for your plant’s roots. This also helps flush out salts that can harm your plants. To properly water your plants, pour plenty of water into the pot until water starts to seep out of the drain holes and into your plant saucers. This helps ensure that you are watering more than just the surface.

You can also practice what is called bottom watering. For this plant watering method, you place potted plants in plant saucers full of water and allow the roots to drink from the drainage holes. Which method you choose depends on the type of plant you have. However, even if you choose bottom watering, ensure you also top water from time to time to flush out salts that build up in the soil.

How Often Should I Empty Extra Water from the Saucers?

What many plant owners don’t realize is that they must remove excess water from their plant saucers for optimal houseplant health. Leaving your potted plants in standing water can deprive them of oxygen and promote root rot. Additionally, emptying saucers after top watering prevents your plants from drinking up the salts you remove during top watering. Be sure to empty your planter saucers within 30-60 minutes after watering to ensure plenty of drainage and to protect the roots from standing in excess water. If your potted plant is too heavy to lift to empty the extra water, try using a turkey baster to remove the water from the saucer. Also, don’t forget to empty drained water from your hanging basket drip pans for your hanging plants!

Another method to prevent root rot and plant suffocation is to line the bottom of your clear plant saucers with pebbles or gravel to prevent the bottom of the planter from sitting in excess water. This is great for plants that need plenty of humidity and also gives you decorative options for your saucers. With these few tips, you can ensure that your watering practices will help promote healthy houseplants.

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Cute pots, cute saucers… but they’re too small and they leak. Photo:

There are indoor gardeners and there are indoor designers. Both love houseplants, but they rarely agree on how to use plants. And one thing they are likely to argue over is the type of saucer to put under plant pots. 

Designers are big on saucers that match the pot, of the same material, the same texture and the same color. I totally get that, but matching saucers rarely lead to happy plants. 

Decorative pot with ridiculously small assorted saucer.

First, when a saucer is sold with a pot, it’s almost always far too small. If you water just a bit too much, it overflows and stains the furniture. Well, we can’t have that, can we? So, the gardener underwaters, keeping the poor plant constantly suffering in the name of beauty. And that will eventually kill it. (Indoor designers kill a lot of plants!)

Clay pot with appropriately sized saucer.

💡 Remember this rule: any plant saucer needs to be as wide as the rim of the pot or even wider, not hug its base. This will look ungainly to designers, but only then can you water correctly, that is, enthusiastically, and expect any excess water will be caught by the saucer without it overflowing … which is, after all, its raison d’être.

Terra cotta pots with assorted saucers

Also, a lot of really cool designer-compliant saucers leak. If they’re terra cotta or ceramic, they’re likely to “sweat”: exude moisture and that can stain the surface below. Of course, you can fix this by putting them on a cork pad, but that’s an extra step.

Worse yet, in my opinion, is that you can’t readily see what’s happening in a matching saucer. They’re inevitably opaque. And that’s bad, because if you do water a bit too much and the pot is left sitting in water, that’s not good for the plant. You need to remove the plant for a few seconds while you drain the saucer. But you’re as not likely to notice there’s standing water in the saucer if its sides are opaque. 


Pot being inserted into a cachepot

Cachepots are wonderful things. They’re attractive containers with no drainage hole, big enough so that, when you slip your plant’s grow pot* inside (and most grow pots are rather ordinary, esthetically speaking), it will be hidden from view. That’s the meaning of cachepot, French for “pot hider.”

*Grow pot: the perfunctory usually plastic pot most houseplants are sold in.

But cachepots do mean you need to add an extra step to your watering regime. They’re deep enough that you can’t see if any water has accumulated in the bottom. So, 10 to 20 minutes after you finish watering, you need to remove the grow pot and turn the cachepot upside down over the sink to drain out any excess water.

If you don’t add that “drain the cachepot step,” one of these days you’re likely to end up killing the plant, as a plant constantly soaking in water will, unless it’s semi-aquatic, be subject to rot.

Transparent Saucers: The Functional Choice

transparent saucers of 3 different sizes

So, here’s my choice of the perfect plant saucer: one made of transparent plastic. Some manufacturers call them drip trays, carpet savers or floor guards. 

And you’re right, transparent saucers are not pretty. And transparent or not, they’re not invisible to the eye, especially when they pick up, as they do over time, a bit of a stain at the base due to soil particles or calcium build-up. Some also yellow over time. But with a transparent saucer, at least you can clearly see if your plant is sitting in water or not, and that will help keep it alive.

When you do see your plant soaking in water, lift it out of its saucer, take the saucer to the sink and drain it. Most people do this automatically. And that helps reinforce your green thumb.

transparent saucer with deep depressions to collect water

To further help you keep your plant happy, the idea transparent saucer needs to have grooves or depressions in the bottom into which excess water can flow. That way, if you only water a bit too much, the excess water will drain into the grooves and the pot won’t be left standing in water. This excess will simply evaporate and there’ll be no need to drain the saucer. Yet if you do water too much and the grooves fill up, leaving your plant soaking, you’ll be able to see this and take appropriate actions.

Lifesavers: that’s what I call these grooved transparent saucers!

Some Are Better Than Others

Not all plastic saucers are created equal. Some are made of flimsy plastic and tear easily, or become yellow and brittle over time. They’re often very inexpensive, though. The more rigid plastic saucers (try giving the saucer a bit of a twist in the store: if you can practically fold it in half, it’s likely to be one of the flimsy ones) are longer lasting, usually don’t discolor and end up being a better deal in the long term.

Also, I find the more rigid saucers simple to clean, either by hand or in the dishwasher.

Check around: online, you can often buy them in bulk and save quite a bit of money.

Different sizes of transparent saucers

Need I add that transparent saucers come in all sizes? If you have any sort of houseplant collection, you’ll need a few of each. I keep a whole array of them on hand at all times. That way, when I repot a plant into a larger container, I don’t have to rush off to the garden center to buy a new saucer.


Transparent plastic saucers may be a bit nondescript, but at least they do the job! And they can make the difference between a thriving plant and a dead one.

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Removing water from a plant saucer can have multiple benefits when it comes to your health as well as the health of your pets and your plant.

Having excess water accumulating in a plant saucer can cause multiple problems. If not removed on time, it can invite insects to nest and multiply. Additionally, pets will drink from it which can lead to indigestion and nausea. It also increases the soil salt content when the mineral water is soaked from the saucer.

In this article, we are going to explain the benefits of removing excess water from a plant saucer as well as the most efficient ways to do it without creating a mess.

Removing water from a Plant saucer

How To Remove Excess Water From a Plant Saucer?

As much as saucers are beneficial for plants, old plant saucers can leave your plants sitting in nutrient waste and salt that can be soaked back by your plant’s soil. 

Salts can significantly affect the mineral balance of your potting soil. 

The accumulation of salts in the soil will eventually end up on the pores of the roots, blocking the very mechanism by which the plant uses to absorb both water and nutrients.

Therefore, it is beneficial to your plant’s health that you remove excess water from the plant saucers.

Excess water in the saucer can cause the soil to remain moist for longer periods. 

See our detailed article on how long should soil stay moist.

Additionally, the water can pose a health hazard to both you and your pets if insects start living in the water as well as if your pets decide to take a drink out of it.

Use a Turkey Baster:

The easiest method for removing excess water from a plant pot is by using a turkey baster. It works well when you have heavy pots that you just can move around and require just one simple instrument.

Turkey baster is used for removing water from plant saucers which are placed under larger pots that are difficult to lift. 

Removing the water from the saucer is important within 30-60 minutes to prevent the mineral water from going back to the roots. 

Using a turkey baster for removing the water from the saucer will work best for the hanging plants. So, if you have hanging plants, Turkey baster is your ultimate answer to how to remove excess water from the plant saucer. 

I have found a baster at an amazing price on amazon that removes water well.

You can find the turkey baster I personally use and recommend by clicking here.

Use a Sponge:

This is the simplest and handiest method to remove excess water from a small plant saucer. All you need to use is a sponge to remove the collected water in the plant saucer. 

You can simply place the sponge in the plant saucer, it will absorb the water from it and then you can remove the water from it into other containers.

Here is a super absorbent sponge that does a great job in soaking up water from hard-to-reach places.

Tilt and Drain into a Sink:

The water collected in the plant saucer can also be removed by using the century-old method: tilt and drain the saucer directly into the sink. 

If you have small pots, you can easily lift them up and pick the plant saucer. Then drain it into the sink. 

This method is only useful for small plant pots which can easily be lifted. However, this method will surely not work for the hanging plant pots and larger pots. 

Removal of Water from Plant Saucer

What are The Benefits of Removing Excess Water From a Plant Saucer?

Plant saucers are usually used with plant pots or containers to “catch” and hold excess water which has drained out from the plant after it has been watered. 

With well-draining soil a sufficient amount of water soaks into the soil while the rest runs off into the plant saucer. 

Most plant pots usually come with saucers but if you have to get one I would suggest finding one that matches the pot and could hold a sufficient amount of water.

Prevents Pets From Drinking The Water:

Pets have become a crucial part of our lives. We all love having pets but taking care of them is a real responsibility. Though, there is no doubt that plants and pets add life to our homes, having them both under one roof is a never-ending challenge. 

Pets love to play with the plants and sometimes, even chew their leaves for fun. However, certain plants can be proved extremely toxic for your cheerful buddy. 

Pets will run to plants again and again if they are not trained to stay away from them. 

Pets can drink water from the plant saucer but it can be detrimental for them. Because the water may contain fertilizer or some pests in it that could make your pet sick.

So, it is better to remove the water from the saucer after every watering session. 

You can see our detailed article on Is it safe for pets to drink out of plant saucer.

Prevents a Potential Mess:

You can minimize the effect of the potential mess caused by potted plants by using plant saucers. The water draining from the drainage hole will be collected into the saucer and then can be removed by different methods. 

Plant saucers not only help the plants in maintaining the moisture but also assist you in keeping the surroundings neat and clean. 

You can even make your plant pots look more attractive aesthetically by using pebbles and stones in the saucers. 

However, make sure your pets do not spill the water present in the saucer. Because it can also create a mess so it is better to remove the water after every watering session. 

Prevent Insects From Nesting:

If you have noticed that your plants do not look healthy, the reason behind it could be pest infestation. 

You can prevent the ants from harming your plants by creating a water barrier between them and your plants. 

Insects can dramatically damage your plant leaves and soil mixture. Plant leaves are a good source of food for bugs, spider mites, and other insects. 

Some of the insects (e.g. snails and ants) even lay their eggs in the potting soil. A little negligence from your side and your plant will be invaded by an army of insects. 

To get rid of any potential foraging insect, make a solution by mixing essential oil like peppermint or citrus into the water and then pour this water into the plant saucer. 

Now put the pot into this plant saucer. This will help you to keep the ants and other insects away from your plants. 

The Benefits of Using a Plant Saucer

Hold The Excess Water:

Using saucers on plants for both indoor and outdoor applications can prevent a messy situation whenever the plant is watered. 

This is because every time you water your plants, the extra water will drain into the saucer through the drainage hole and hold within the saucers.

After that, you can simply remove the water from the saucer. By removing the extra water from the saucer, you can maintain the standards of cleanliness of your house. 

If there is no plant saucer, water can split onto your floor making the carpets dirty. 

Used For Decorative Purpose:

Apart from holding the excess water and increasing the humidity level, the plant saucer also increases the decoration of your home. 

Interestingly, you can now buy the plant saucer that matches your home interiors and can add vibrance and beauty to your home. 

Plant saucers are available in the market in almost every size that you can imagine. 

To make your house look more aesthetic, you can add colorful saucers to the potted plants present in every corner of your home. Imagine how vibrant and lively your house would look!

Increase Humidity:

In addition to creating less mess in the house, saucers are also a great way to increase humidity for plants. The plants that need more humidity to thrive will grow best in the pot along with a plant saucer e.g., Birds nest fern. 

Add some stones and pebbles to the saucer and then pour water into it, in this way a good humidity will be provided to the plants.

You need a high amount of humidity if you are growing Ficus, Alocasia, Schefflera, Tillandsia (aka Air plants), Bamboo, or Staghorn Fern.

All these plants have a great love for humidity and, therefore, thrive best at places where humidity is available in a good amount. 

To conclude, remove excess water from the plant saucers within 30 minutes to one hour of your watering session. 

To remove the collected water you can use a turkey baster, a sponge, or just pick up the plant and drain the water into the sink. 

The benefits of removing the accumulated water include safety for both you, your pet, and the plant. 

So the next time you water your plant think of the potential hazards there can be by leaving the water to sit in the saucer and you too could come up with some innovative ways to remove the water.

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