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Terracotta pots

Discussion in 'Tools And Equipment' started by CarolineL, Jan 31, 2021.

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    It always seems to be the most favourite one's that you try to take care of that suffer a disaster.:wallbanging:
     
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      I have a selection of terracotta pots on the patio, all shapes and sizes, and others have said if you do lose one to frost it is usually a favourite! I still miss one from years ago that a neighbour had passed on - she was a recumbent sphinx whose wings formed the pot cavity. Must have been quite old.

      Has anyone experimented with fabric root pots, like these? I have some tall galvanized planters in my front garden, which are falling apart and need to be replaced, and have remembered being rather impressed by their mass use at Coal Drops Yard next to Kings Cross, filled with geraniums by Dan Pearson to create a Colourstream:
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      I assume the fabric must drain well, or the geraniums would have sulked, wouldn't they? Just wonder how durable these containers are? I do think they look rather smart, and compared to most big pots they are cheap as chips!
       
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        I got some Yorkshire pots they are nice pots and not expensive either , normally get a decent size one for around £20 . I would like some giant ones for the front door but they do get expensive . Got some over pots which are frost resistant which aren't as good as frost proof ones , the frost proof ones are noticeably thicker

        My two glazed pots are perfectly fine to but I do prefer the more natural terracotta .

        I have two large ish pots made out of Fibre cotta , its similar to terracotta without the weight .

        I don't think fabric pots will last no more than one or two seasons, not in my environment anyway.
         
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          Erh hm. Scuse me. This old far/fellar has lost the plot. When you talk about terracotta pots, do you mean these fance immatations that you get fom the gardencenters, or do you mean, what many of us oldies call. Clay pots. Clay pots had a basic measurement, some had a semi moulded rim others didn't. There is/was often a variation in the thickness of the clay, the drainage hole was often misshapened. I have a fair number of these. I find they are top class when keeping plants in the pot and planting pot and all. Due to their porisity, they are great. On the otherhand. The market also offers, what I call immitation clays. Nice and clean looking, but might these be the ones that seem to be the cause of cracking etc. Glazed pots/containers IMO are OK, but somehow these if used to great quantities, rend to transform ones garden into something like an emporium.

          I stick to my general comments on potted/container grown plants. Come winter time. Take time to protect such plants. and their containers. Consider the fact. The contained soil/compost has no room to expand. The plant etc is in a world of it's own. As we well know, frost and ice causes the water molecules to expand. The radius of expansion ends at the pot walls. Something has to give. So in winter. Protect your tubs, pots, pand, containers and all.
           
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