The word cachepot is from the French cacher (to hide) and pot. And cachepots do exactly that—hide unattractive flowerpots.
Even the most utilitarian-minded of us probably see little beauty in plastic or pressed peat nursery pots.
With a cachepot– a decorative container used to hold nursery pots– you don't have to look at ugly containers.
And because cachepots have no holes in the bottom, you don't have to mop up the water and dirt flower pots invariably leave behind.
But those are just some of the benefits of using cachepots. There are many more.
Why use cachepots?
Cachepots are ideal for temporary houseplants.
Rather than re-pot chrysanthemums, Easter lilies, poinsettias and other seasonal plants, simply set them inside a cachepot.
Cachepots are much more attractive than foil or plastic wrappers, and you can use them again and again.
Cachepots are also perfect for long-lived houseplants like violets, peace lilies and Christmas cacti.
When your houseplants need to be re-potted or divided, you don't have to wrestle with a heavy container. Just lift the lightweight plastic pot from the cachepot and perform the necessary routine maintenance, then replace it.
For a quick makeover, swap cachepots between similarly sized plants.
Just as a new haircut or clothes can make you look like a whole new person, a change of cachepots can work like a mini-makeover for your plants. Changing cachepots can give your living space a new look, too. They're great for the office as well.
For a quick makeover, swap cachepots between similarly sized plants. Or, for an entirely new look, switch out your cachepots with the seasons, using autumnal hues and motifs in the fall, winter scenes and holiday colors in winter, pastels and botanical patterns for spring and bright, cheery colors in the summer.
Cachepots for Spring
It happens every year. As winter wanes, gardeners long for green days in the sun, but ... in early spring, it's often too early to sow seeds or set seedlings. The weather's just too mercurial.
That's when a fragrant gardenia, delicate primrose, cheerful cyclamen or exotic orchid on your desk, windowsill or tabletop will provide much-needed beauty and hope. At Easter, the lilies that bloom much later out of doors will open their white flowers on your mantle like a benediction at the close of a cold, harsh winter.
Don't set them on a saucer in their homely nursery pots. Place them inside cachepots worthy of their beauty. A pretty cachepot in pastel colors, spring motifs or idyllic scenes from nature will echo spring's tender charm.
Cachepots for Summer
Bright, bold colors make for fun summertime cachepots. Shocking blue, red, yellow and green cachepots can look as vigorous and alive as the plants they keep.
And nothing says sunny days like Mediterranean designs and motifs.
Tuscan cachepots look just right holding small fruit trees on your deck or patio.
They're also charming containers for kitchen aloe plants and herb gardens.
Cachepots have no holes in the bottom, so you won't have to mop up the water and dirt flower pots invariably leave behind.
Cachepots for Fall
Few things are more beautiful than the jewel-like colors of fall--rich bronze, toasty orange, deep purple, golden yellow. And as the weather turns cool, nothing can make your home feel more cozy than bringing the warm colors of autumn inside with temporary houseplants.
Chrysanthemums are probably the most well-loved fall flower, although temporary ornamentals, such as flowering cabbages and kales, are gaining popularity. Indoors, they'll last two or three months at most.
Displaying temporary fall flowers in their unsightly nursery pots seems ... lazy, and it certainly detracts from their beauty. But repotting them in attractive containers seems like a lot of trouble for a short-lived display. The obvious solution? Cachepots in colors and patterns that suit the season.
Cachepots for Winter
Small evergreens, poinsettias, crown of thorns, Christmas cacti--temporary holiday houseplants can add a bit of cheer even on the bleakest winter's day. So can forced bulbs like paperwhites, hyacinth and (my favorite) amaryllis.
But don't just wrap seasonal plants in cellophane, foil or Christmas wrap that sags each time you water. Set your holiday houseplants in cachepots worthy of their beauty--containers you can use year after year. In no time, they'll be as much a part of your family's holiday traditions as Christmas Day dinner or your favorite sweater.
Buy solid red, green or bright white cachepots. Or pick a patterned cachepot in keeping with your home décor. Holiday cachepots are not only decorative, they're also practical, keeping your tabletops and floors free of water and soil. And they make great Christmas gifts!
Anything Goes Cachepots
For an out of the ordinary cachepot, the sky's the limit! Just use your imagination. Any container will do, so long as it's deep enough to cover the plant pot.
For spring, turn a gardening satchel into a cachepot. For summer, coolers and sand buckets make cute cachepots, and in autumn, a brass spitoon, birch boxes or berry baskets (lined with plastic) look just right.
Other ideas for unique cachepots include
- old boots,
- wine or ice buckets,
- children's wagons,
- enamel cookware,
- bushel baskets,
- galvanized steel buckets, and
- old watering cans.
Although some use the word jardiniere and cachepot interchangeably, strictly speaking a jardiniere is a type of ceramic cachepot that has a stand.
Like "cachepot," the word "jardiniere" is French in origin. It comes from the word jardinière, female gardener.
About the Author
The Dirt Farmer has been an active gardener for over 30 years.
She first began gardening as a child alongside her grandfather on her parents' farm.
Today, The Dirt Farmer gardens at home, volunteers at community gardens and continues to learn about gardening through the MD Master Gardener program.
Jill Spencer (author) from United States on April 16, 2012:
Thanks for commenting, RTalloni. Good to hear from you. DF
RTalloni on April 16, 2012:
A neat look at using cachepots! Thanks for sharing these ideas with us.
Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 20, 2011:
Glad you stopped by, Nell Rose! Take care, Jill
Nell Rose from England on July 19, 2011:
Hi, I had never heard of Cachepots, great word! and they are lovely, what a great idea, my pots are so boring, cheers nell
Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 19, 2011:
You should get some for you mum, Simone. NOW! (lol) Thanks for commenting! Jill
Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on July 19, 2011:
Aha! I've learned my new word of the day! Cachepots sure are lovely. I should get some for my mum- they'd look lovely in her backyard!
Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 19, 2011:
I know, Deborah-Diane! It's hard to pick between them! Thanks for commenting.
@lady rain--I bet you'll find all sorts of cool cachepots among the debris. It's odd how the most unlikely objects can have beauty and dignity if used the right way.
@gogogo--So glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment.
@ Corin--I know what you mean. And even when you do wipe up, there's usually a stain left behind. Hope you find some cachepots you like. Thanks for stopping by!--Jill
Corin on July 18, 2011:
This is a fantastic idea. These cachepots are not only beautiful, they are also useful. I can't wait to find some for my awful containers, which give me lots of work: I'm tired to mop up the water and dirt they leave on my terrace.
gogogo on July 18, 2011:
enjoyed the article, good information
lady rain from Australia on July 18, 2011:
Great ideas, now I know what I can do with all that items that are piling up in my garden shed for many years.
Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on July 18, 2011:
These pots are gorgeous. Great idea!
Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 18, 2011:
Glad you liked the hub, Marellen. Can't wait till my boots wear out. I'm turning them into cachepots!
marellen on July 18, 2011:
You gave some great ideas for houseplants. Next time I'm out an about I will take a look and see what I can find.
Thanks for your informative hub...