You really like that weather, antique look of worn terracotta pottery. It reminds you of European gardens where they have been using clay for centuries for stunning displays and distinguished design features.
You know that over time the new clay pot you just purchased from Arizona Pottery will weather and age naturally, but you don't want to wait. What do you do?
What causes your terracotta planters to age over time? Well, mostly its the chemicals in the fertilizer you use and the minerals leaching from the water. Terracotta is porous and meant to breathe and break down over time.
So all those minerals & chemicals will create those white lines that appear after use. Over time they become part of the pot and add so much character and charm that we are going to tell you how to speed up the process so you no longer have to wait.
According to Martha Stewart Living, simple gather these few items listed below. Coat the pot with this mix, allow to dry and TA DA....aged pots.
Lime Powder, Bristle Brush, Terracotta pot, Med. grit sandpaper (150 grit)
Stir one cup of lime powder, a mineral available at garden centers, into 2 cups of water till it takes on a thick, gravy like consistency. With a bristle brush, paint the solution onto the pots, sparingly in some places and generously in others. When the pot is completely coated and still wet, spray some spots with water from a spray bottle on the "stream" setting to let some of the lime solution run off. All the pot to dry, then sand in a random pattern with sandpaper till you are satisfied with the gently mottled surface.