Planter Structure

Planters, often used synonymous with pots, play a big part in the world of agriculture from home gardening to commercial greenhouse growing.  Whether you have one large terracotta planter sitting outside to accentuate your front stoop or you have a thousand small plastic planters in your greenhouse out back there is something here you probably didn’t know.  Before you start growing, know what planters are best suited to your chosen plant.  This next series of posts will highlight individual styles and materials most commonly used and some that aren’t so common.  Today we discuss :


Clay pots typically provide a much nicer ‘earthy’ aesthetic that lends itself to blending in better with your soil and mother nature.  But there are a surprising number of disadvantages to clay pots.  A downside to terracotta is the fragile nature of the pot.  Some may look nice but lack the proper drainage required by your plant and the fragility can prevent you from being able to drill holes to provide better drainage without destroying the pot.  They can also be a very dangerous lawn ornament if you have young children or rambunctious pets as the cracks and splinters are typically quite sharp.  The porous attribute of the clay itself can be a headache as the water retaining walls are more inclined to pull moisture from the soil requiring you to water the plants more frequently to keep them hydrated.  The porous attribute of the clay also makes it a poor choice for cold weather climates due to the high risk of cracking caused by the expansion of the soil in below freezing temperatures.  Clay pots can also often be found with a white build-up on the outside caused by the collection of mineral salts that they absorb from the plant roots.


That doesn’t mean that clay pots are all bad though, they do have some advantages.  One being that your standard clay pot is bottom-heavy which allows for movement prevention in the case of strong winds and water run-off.  Clay has also been used throughout history internationally for a wide array of purposes and is generally recognized as a sustainable resource.  They also lend to a much greater variety in color in design giving your garden a greater feeling of individuality and uniqueness.



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