What Kind of Plant Saucers Do You Use Under Your Plants?

by | Aug 11, 2015 | 4 comments

Euphorbia with a green glass saucer.
Euphorbia with a green glass saucer.

Plant saucers. This may seem unusual to write about, but I deal with them often, as I have hundreds of houseplants.

Plant saucers are important

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, were safe. So, when I moved my plant, I found a ruined doily. The container and saucer are glazed, but the ring on the bottom of the saucer wasn’t glazed. Always check the saucer that comes with the pot.

I have pansy doilies under a lot of plants and lamps, as they used to be inexpensive. I have even made some of them, but now they are quite costly at antique stores. So I was 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.

Doily ruined by plant saucers
A doily ruined by an unglazed plant saucer

Protect your surfaces from plant saucers

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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Plant saucer choices

There are many choices for saucers other than the normal unattractive, plastic ones. I use small plates, ashtrays from thrift shops, or anything that catches my eye that will work. Great places to find plant saucers include second hand stores and garage sales.

If you already have plant saucers that you want to continue using, invest in cork mats to use under them to protect your furniture.

Clear plastic, clay-colored plastic, and clay saucers are the most common plant saucers available at your local garden centers. There is nothing wrong with these. I use a lot of them.

Find something different

But, if I can find more attractive ones, I will definitely use them. I love to look through the knick-knacks at the local second hand store and garage sales to find “saucers” for my plants.

The pictures below are ashtrays, furniture leg holders, candle holders, and other small bowls and plates. What I like about glass is that water is not getting through it. No ruined furniture or doilies.

Here are some pictures of them in use.

What are you using for saucers? Do you have damaged furniture from your plants? Do you use the common saucers or do you look for the unusual? Let me know in the comments.

Have a great week, plant friends!


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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!

  2. Claire Gawinowicz

    Hi, wondering if you can help me find an attractive NON-PLASTIC saucer for a large plant in an oval basket. It’s about 13 inches x 12 inches. FYI: I don’t like ordering from Amazon. Thanks!

    • Lisa Steinkopf

      Hi Claire,
      I love to go to resale shops and look for things I can use for saucers. Pie plants, ashtrays, things like that. If you go to a party store, you may be able to find a serving tray that would work or a plastic bowl. Let me know if you find what you are looking for.


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