Terracotta Pots for Houseplants – Pros & Cons
We use terracotta a lot! We obviously love how these pots look, and we find their natural material to be the perfect match for most houseplants. But besides aesthetics, there are very good reasons for using clay pots for plants.
However, since it’s not all good news, we’ve decided to compile a list of pros and cons to be taken into consideration when repotting any plant into terracotta.
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PROS – Why is Terracotta great for your houseplants?
- Terracotta is a natural material. And therefore it can be beautifully combined with another element of nature in your home: your houseplants! Plus, we love that vintage patina look that terracotta gets after a while.
- If you are a heavy waterer, you must consider porous pots that will absorb the extra moisture from the plant’s soil, never allowing your houseplants to sit on wet feet. These will be of huge help when it comes to getting rid of the excess water and keeping the roots healthy!
- Also due to their porosity, clay pots will allow your indoor plants’ root system to breathe, preventing rot and diseases.
- Being made out of clay, these pots are the most environmentally-friendly you can get.
- Clay pots are perfect for winter because they allow the extra water to evaporate not only from the top and bottom but also through the walls of the pot. Moreover, terracotta holds warmth during winter and scatters heat during summer, protecting your plants’ roots all year round.
- These plant containers can last for a very long time.
- Besides being extremely durable, terracotta pots are also affordable, and vastly available in many different shapes and sizes.
- Terracotta is the perfect pot for any cacti or succulent plants, which love to remain dry.
CONS – Why should you stay away from clay pots?
- Tap water has high salts and minerals in it. If you are not using rain or filtered water, these minerals and salts will be absorbed and accumulated around your terracotta pots. Although we love how that looks, some people just don’t!
- Terracotta pots will absorb the moisture out of your plants’ soil, making it dry out much faster than plastic or ceramic pots.
- If you have a plant that loves moist and humidity (calatheas or ferns for instance) it will be extra hard to keep them happy when using clay pots.
- Once watered, your plant potted in terracotta will become rather heavy and hard to move around.
- If you have wooden furniture at home, you must consider covering it and preventing your terracotta pots from being in direct contact with its surface. Due to the porosity of the material, the moisture from the soil will get to your piece of furniture and eventually damage the wood.
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So, what have you decided: yay or nay??
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