For our last post on the different types of terra-cotta clay – we must consider Mexican clay.
The Mexican clay products that we import are made of heavy, dark clay. They are very distinctive and well known for their color and feel. Very rough, porous and many times lined with tar, these pots have a distinctive design to them. Because each one is usually handmade the designs are very unique. Since the clay is so porous the manufacturer paints the inside of each pot with a tar mixture that helps to repel the water. However, we have found that unless the outside is also sealed the pot will deteriorate rapidly, many times, in just one planting season. We sell a terracotta sealer that helps to prolong the life of terracotta clay and we feel it is a must for anything make with Mexican clay.
Since the look of these items are so unique they are very popular with decorators and landscapers. You can’t get the same patterns etc with Chinese or Italian pottery. We also get all of our strawberry jars and hose pots from Mexico since none of our other manufacturers make them. When considering a price point, the Mexican clay can’t be beat.
On a scale from Best to Worse – when it comes to durability – the Mexican terracotta is considered the worse and least likely to hold up past one planting season. So, use annuals or perennials flowers that will only last one season.
We love the Mexican terracotta designs, we love their products but when it comes to durability these are not the pieces to plant in. Use them sparingly in your garden and yard areas and plan on replacing them every few years.