What Do You Use As Saucers Under Your Plants?

by | Aug 11, 2015 | 2 comments

Euphorbia with a green glass saucer.

Euphorbia with a green glass saucer.

Plant saucers

I’m going to talk about plant saucers and the different kinds there are.  This may seem like an unusual thing to write about but it is something I deal with often, as I have hundreds of houseplants. I missed the damage in the picture below for quite some time and I was so upset when I discovered it. Since I was using a glazed container, I assumed that my doily (yes, I like doilies) and what it was sitting on, was safe. So, when I moved my plant, I found a ruined doily. The container is glazed and the saucer, but the ring on the bottom of the saucer wasn’t glazed, so always check the saucer that comes with the pot. I have pansy doilies under a lot of plants and lamps. They used to be inexpensive and I have even made some of them, but now they are quite costly at antique stores, so I was really disappointed that I had ruined one. Imagine if this doily had been on an expensive piece of furniture instead of this old antique crate I had it on. It added to the patina of the crate.

Ruined doily

Ruined doily

Protect your surfaces

This container below is the one that ruined the doily, but I put a big glass ash tray (?) under it to protect the doily it is on now.

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There are many choices for saucers other than the normal plastic, unattractive ones. I use small plates, ashtrays from antique stores or thrift shops, or anything that catches my eye that could work. The Salvation Army and Goodwill stores, as well as garage sales, are great places to find appropriate water holders.

Find something different

The two saucers above are the common saucers most available to everyone. There is certainly nothing wrong with these. I use a lot of them. But, if I can find more attractive ones, I will definitely use them.

Here are some pictures of them in use.

What are you using for saucers?

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  1. pal

    Another topic near and dear to my heart! A number of my plants sit within larger cache pots or on ceramic dishes on the hardwood floors. Underneath, the floors are ruined even though water never sits in the dishes. I’ve tried placing the planters with their dishes on tiles which then sit on the floor, but same damage occurs. I’ve learned that air must be able to pass under ANY type of dish that sits on wood floors or tables.
    I love all of your plant photos and especially that first euphorbia. Just gorgeous!

    • thehouseplantguru.com

      There is nothing worse than a ruined table or floor because of our plants. Hard to explain to the hubby! lol Thanks for the kind words!


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