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Fossil Planters

Inspired by fossilized colonies of microbes that were some of the earliest known forms of life on Earth, our planters are similarly organic, symmetrical, and full of life - ancient and modern.

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3 Sizes for All Your Flora

12” Fossil Planter

At 12” long and 5.5” wide, this long, narrow planter is perfect for a wide window sill and is the ideal shape to grow fresh herbs or plant a row of succulents. Available with or without our beautiful new Planter Stands made with Make Nice.

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8" Fossil Planter

A classic, medium-sized planter, this versatile, round shape can hold plants that need some room for roots to spread and plenty of soil. Available with or without our beautiful new Planter Stands made with Make Nice.

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5" Fossil Planter

The perfect desktop planter, perfectly shaped for a 4.5” pot plant. The extra height leaves room for root growth and extra drainage (try using some lava rocks in the bottom) to help prevent some of the common problems seen in small planters from too much (or too little) water.

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Behind the Design

Ancient and Futuristic

Inspired by fossil formations of ancient cyanobacteria colonies like those seen at the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland.

A Palette for Plants

Unique forms highlight the beauty of the plants within, and our unique colors really help these stand out in any setting.

Designed with Experts

We did the research: drainage is key to plants thriving long term, and catch plates are essential for keeping your house tidy.

With a Stand, or Not

We worked with our talented friend Mike Newins of Make Nice to design the perfect plant stand. Learn more about the process and Mike on our blog.


Should I “re-pot” my plants into my planters or should I leave it in the plastic container it came in?

There are occasional exceptions, but most house plants are happier and healthier when they are re-potted and given a bit of room to grow in extra soil.

How much soil do I need for each size?

We did some research and our estimate for each size is 6 quarts for the Large, 4 Quarts for the Medium, and about 2 for the Small. We suggest using Good Dirt’s potting soil and care products.

What size potted plant fits best in each planter?

Most houseplants are labeled with the size pot they come in, regardless of the size of the plant in the pot. The rule of thumb is that you want to re-pot a plant in a planter that is 1-2” larger than the plastic pot it comes in.

  • The 12” Long Fossil Planter, you can fit two to three 4” pots, or up to an 8” potted plant depending on the plant.
  • The 8” Fossil Planter can hold up to a 6” or 7” potted plant.
  • The 5” Fossil Planter can hold up to a 4” potted plant.

Where can I learn about taking care of house plants?

If you like to have a book handy to refer to, we suggest The New Plant Parent by Darryl Cheng. For an online resource, start with The Sill’s Care library.

Can these be put outside?

During the summer, absolutely! If you live in an area where you do not have to worry about freezing, you can put them outside year-round. If you are keeping these outside, you may want to set aside the catch plates so they do not collect water and hurt the plant or help bugs gestate.

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