• Paula

What Is A Cachepot?

Cachepot. Someone uses the term and immediately I feel awkward. This word keeps coming up around the plant scene separating the glamorous gardeners from the ordinary people. I keep landing on the ordinary side, perplexed - wondering if suddenly the subject has changed from plants to bingo prizes.

Pronounced cash-pot, the already glittery word, might show up in conversation wearing a feather boa when someone decides to use the French pronunciation, cash-poe. Most of the time you’ll hear it pronounced, cash-pot, which is easier to identify. Whatever the pronunciation, here’s what you need to know.

The term cachepot stems from the French word cacher which means "to hide." Wikipedia describes it as, “a decorative container or "overpot" for a plant and its flowerpot, for indoors use, usually with no drainage hole at the bottom, or sometimes with a matching saucer.”

Basically, you’ve been handling cachepots all your life. It’s called a planter for us common folks. A cachepot is simply the pot you put your pot inside of, and it’s usually better looking than your plain and possibly slightly dirty plastic nursery pot.

Cachepots span from dollar store cheap, to luxury decor, to national treasures. Search for planters on Amazon, and you'll find a variety of reasonable pots in different materials and sizes. Search "cachepot" on Amazon, and you'll find luxury planters on velvet.

Made from ceramic, metal, or any other material, some cachepots have drainage holes, but most don’t. They function as both decoration and a barrier between your surface area and your pot. If water drains into your cachepot you’ll need to empty it out - or see that your maid does it.

That’s all. Now you’re fancy too. I challenge you to use cachepot in your next planty conversation. I'm certain you can pull it off. Let me know how it goes.

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