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Growing A Plant In Handmade Decorative Clay Pots
Handmade decorative clay pots are a common favorite and with good reason. In addition to being attractive and affordable, clay pots are ideally suited for a plant’s physiological needs.
Plant roots require oxygen to function in the soil. Too much water damages the root system and the overall health of the plant. In the “California Master Gardener Handbook,” author Dennis R. Pittenger states that unglazed clay pots “absorb and remove moisture through their shells,” providing a natural buffer against overwatering and allowing air to penetrate the soil and aerate the roots. For plants requiring wetter conditions, adjust the permeability of the handmade decorative clay pot by pre-treating the interior with a breathable latex sealant or by adding a non-porous liner to the pot.
Container gardening needs emulation of the natural growth atmosphere of the plant, including the temperature of the soil. As a thick, porous material, clay naturally slows down the heat transfer between the soil and the outer environment, avoiding sudden temperature extremes. Handmade clay pots retain the energy of the sun and are also able to dissipate heat by water vapor, allowing you more opportunities to change your plant’s climate.
Clay pots are usually inexpensive enough to fit any project. Big, ornate, or personalized planters can be pricey, but unglazed terracotta pots are typically comparable to plastic pots of the same size. Part of the beauty of clay pots is their tendency to beautify as they age and absorb mineral salts from the soil. Reused clay pots are perfect for the budget-minded, and they have a delightfully rustic feel that can not be duplicated with synthetic materials.