The Terracotta Difference
Terracotta is the classic, time-tested, garden pot material.
- It is porous, letting water evaporate through the clay walls.
- Can add humidity to the air.
- Terracotta has a beautiful orange color that patinas over time.
- Good clay pots last a really long time.
Throughout history, gardeners have relied on the unique properties of terracotta to keep their plants happy and healthy. In times past, you knew your local potter, they would even cart their wares around town, bringing pots straight to your door.
Nowadays most of the terracotta garden pots sold at big box stores are mass-produced overseas. Workers are paid pennies and often endure dangerous conditions to make these products. In addition, the quality is often very poor. In order to be cheap, these pots are fired to a very low temperature. This almost guarantees they will break easily, either cracking at the first sign of a frost, or actually disintegrating when watered due to the under-fired nature of the clay.
At Palmer Planter Co. we are changing the game. Our terracotta pots are fired to the perfect temperature, ensuring three important things:
- A strong pot, capable of lasting generations.
- A porous pot, that lets water evaporate.
- A resilient pot, able to withstand a cold night.
And, this is a pretty big one:
We make all our pots in Pennsylvania, USA, using sustainable and safe small manufacturing processes.
How to Use Your Garden Pots
Our Garden Pots are designed to be great outdoor pots. They are often thicker-walled and larger than our indoor range. When making these pots, we consider the elements to ensure our pots can withstand a cold night. The unglazed surface, along with ample drainage holes, allow these pots to take buckets of rain and still leave you with healthy, happy plants.
We use these clay pots for a wide variety of plants. Here are some ideas from our garden:
Herbs: All kinds, planted in all sizes of pots, can serve as edible decoration all year long.
Bulbs: Daffodils, tulips and crocus will emerge victorious in the spring, adding welcome color after the dark months.
Food!: Tomatoes thrive in big terracotta pots. Also try beans, lettuce and cucumbers.
Cactus: Ours summer in the backyard and then return to the safety of the house once the temp. begins to drop.
Festive Plants: We love to go crazy with those strange inedible kales and mums of all colors.
When winter rolls around plant cyclamen and pansies in pots, and perhaps even a miniature fir tree.