How To Won’t Sure You’re Buying Real Plant Pots? Here’s How


If you’re looking to buy real plant pots, you’ve likely noticed that some online retailers have a wide selection of beautiful pots at very reasonable prices. It’s tempting to believe that all those lovely ceramic pots and terracotta urns are legitimate—but beware! There are plenty of fakes out there, too. You can’t just look at the price tag or beauty of the product; there are other ways to tell if the plants in your garden actually came from a potter’s kiln or not. Here are some tips for making sure:

Look out for the telltale signs.

  • Look for a label—Fake plant pots are often missing a label, which can be helpful in confirming that the pot is authentic.
  • Look for an embossed stamp on the bottom of the pot—Since these stamps are difficult to forge, they’re another excellent way to determine if your pot is fake or not, especially if you have access to other pots from the same brand/company and know what their embossed stamp looks like.
  • Check for stickers or tags on either side of the base—These are less reliable signs of authenticity since they can often be removed by sellers and replaced with new ones but they may still help you out when trying to determine whether an item was made by hand or machine stamped as well as give insight into how long ago it was made (you’ll usually see older items with less detailed graphics).

Don’t be fooled by the price tag, either.

When it comes to the price tag, don’t be fooled by the price tag either. If the pot is too good to be true (and it probably is), then it probably isn’t. There are many reasons why fake plant pots can be cheaper than real ones, but one of them is because they’re made out of cheaper materials.

Fake pots can also be mass-produced in factories and sold at a much lower price point than their handmade counterparts. For example, if you buy one from China or India, which have been known for producing fake replicas for decades now, then you could get a plastic replica for as little as $1 USD! However… this doesn’t necessarily mean that your new fake plant pot will last longer than its real counterpart—the average lifespan of such items is usually between 2-5 years before they start showing signs of wear and tear; depending on how well care has been taken with them during those initial stages when they were first bought home by their owner/user.”

It’s all about the weight.

If you’re buying from a store, you can always check the weight of your pot. Real plant pots are heavy, but fake ones are lighter. If you’re buying online, though, it’s hard to tell the difference in weight by looking at pictures alone. That’s because most pictures have been taken on a flat surface and don’t show how much it weighs when it’s full of soil and plants.

Here’s how I know: When I was in college and living with my parents for the summer, they gave me a fake plant pot that looked exactly like this one! It was so convincing that even I couldn’t tell until they told me (which was after they saw my face fall when I saw how light it really was). The lesson here is simple: If your plant pot feels too light or looks too thin to hold soil inside of it—it probably isn’t real!

Judge a plant pot by its potter.

When looking at a plant pot, you should consider the markings on it. If there are no markings and it’s just a plain clay pot, then you can be fairly sure it isn’t antique. If there are no marks and the pot is clearly old, then chances are it’s just an ordinary piece of old masonry rather than an antique plant pot.

In order for something to be considered an antique, it must have some type of mark or signature from the maker or seller that indicates when and where it was made. This may include:

  • a name written anywhere on the piece (bottom included)
  • a stamp or seal with initials or words indicating who made them (usually found inside)

When in doubt, insert a knife.

  • When in doubt, insert a knife.
  • As a general rule, the soil of real plants will be softer than the soil of fake plants. So if you’re not sure whether or not your pottery is genuine, try digging up some dirt with a knife—if it’s real, you’ll have an easy time prying out the soil; if it’s fake and packed with rocks, glass beads and other junk to make it look like real plant pots but isn’t actually good for planting anything at all…you’re going to be in for quite the struggle!

If you want to make sure you’re getting real plant pots, follow these tips!

If you want to make sure you’re getting real plant pots, follow these tips!

  • Check the weight. If a pot is much lighter than it should be, chances are it’s not made of real clay.
  • The price tag doesn’t always tell the full story either. When in doubt, ask for a receipt and check for any suspiciously low prices on shipping costs or handling fees. If everything seems right but something still feels off, talk to someone else at the store who may be able to help you out (for example: “Excuse me sir/ma’am? Can I ask where these plants were grown?”)
  • If all else fails, try inserting a knife into your new plant pot—if it easily pierces through without resistance then there’s probably no one inside trying to block your way!


The bottom line is, if you want to make sure you’re getting real plant pots, follow these tips!

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