Terracotta Clay Planters & Pots ~ popular for all garden styles!
Terracotta planters are made from one of the very first materials used by the human race. Terracotta clay continues today as the most popular material for outdoor garden planters. Although their appeal is undeniable, clay pots need a little extra care to ensure they last a long time in your garden. Look for the thicker, rather than the thin-walled planters, as they are more durable, stable and chip-resistant.
In addition to special attention when handling your terracotta planters to avoid chipping or cracking, you will usually need to water your plants more often unglazed clay tends to dry out more quickly than other planter materials. When you first plant your garden container, it is a good idea to pre-soak it so it does not absorb moisture from the potting soil and rob the newly planted roots.
Terracotta planters and pots are typically unglazed and low-fired, and remain porous after firing. Some may have a transparent glaze which reduces or eliminates porosity. Glazed planters, referred to as ceramic or stoneware, are non-porous and will hold moisture longer. Look for planters that are marked as frost or freezing resistant as these are better able to withstand extremes in temperatures.
Characteristics of Terracotta Planters
- terracotta planters come in a wide range of styles, sizes and shapes
- are usually bottom heavy which prevents blowing over in windy conditions
- warm earthy natural look compliments most garden themes
- terracotta pots are porous so may require extra watering, particularly in hot summers
- lighter terracotta pots are breakable, chip easily and are prone to cracking in cold-weather zones when soil freezes and expands
- some clay planters absorb minerals, especially salt and may produce a crusty build-up on the outside
- clay and terracotta pots must be emptied, cleaned and stored where they will not be subject to freezing