Arizona Pottery has been in the pottery industry since 2000. We have seen and continue to see all kinds of trends come and go when it comes to choices of garden planters. Fiberglass, Poly Resin, High Fired, Low Fired, Concrete, Black Clay, Terracotta the list goes on and on.
Why did we start with red terracotta and it continues to be our best seller? Because it is timeless. Terra cotta pots have been around for ages and they tend to come and go in popularity but in this post, we want to discuss some of the pros and cons.
When it comes to cons when using terra cotta flowerpots and garden planters the list is pretty short.
* Dry out quickly.
* Breakdown over time.
* Become heavy once planted.
* Discolor over time
* Plain and boring
So let’s look at a few pros on why they are basically timeless and still popular.
Healthy for a plant’s, roots – Did you know that terra cotta clay breathes? Yes, it is very healthy for all plants root systems. Because the clay “breathes” it will also show the chemicals that are in your potting mix or fertilizer. Every time you water the potted plant, the water soaks into the clay, eventually seeping out, the clay will start to show a calcium build up or white lines and markings. This is loved and appreciated by many terracotta owners. So much so that they try to age their planters by applying milk to the outside so that moss will grow and the pot will look aged faster than the natural process.
Terracotta planters are not known for being the heaviest garden containers around but once they are filled with damp potting mix, they can become quite heavy. This is great if you are planting a tree or shrub and the yard pot is placed in a spot where it will receive some wind. Lightweight or Fiberglass containers will blow over very easily. If you need added weight you can always put a brick or rocks in the bottom of the planter before adding the potting mix. Just make sure you have it placed where you want it since you won’t be able to move it easily.
One of the worse and most popular reasons for using terracotta is the aging process that naturally occurs. Like we stated above green thumb gardeners won’t use anything else and rejoice in the aging process. It is a sign of beauty and age that can hardly be duplicated. If you are the type who likes their containers to look brand new then Terracotta is not the planter for you.
Yes, terracotta is ageless and is seen everywhere. Maybe you need something different a bit more modern or contemporary. Terra cotta pottery is considered traditional, timeless and naturalistic, all good things but maybe not your thing. That is fine. If you like the look of clay but not clay itself there are resin pots that are textured and come in the terracotta color that will stand up to an explosion. Unless someone walks up and knocks on the planter they will not know it’s not the real clay of terracotta.
So, these are the best pros and cons that we can think of today. How about you? What do you like or not like about Terracotta garden planters and containers.