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Why Clay?

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.

Why is a clay pot good?

It’s Weighty.

The weight of a clay pot is a bonus when you have a taller plant that is top heavy. Plastic pots placed outdoors are susceptible to being blown over, this rarely happens with a clay pot.

It Lives On.

A clay pot lives a long life. They are often handed down through generations, prized possessions for some people. Eventually they will be broken; even then the shards can be used to facilitate drainage at the bottom of another pot.

Conversely plastic degrades very quickly, and really, honestly, cannot be recycled.

It Breathes, (or drains).

Terracotta porous, letting water evaporate through the clay walls. If you are an attentive plant parent, who maybe over-waters (most of us are :), porous clay pots or clay pots with drainage will ensure the roots of your green babies will not drown the way they can in conventional plastic pots.

Clay Can Add Humidity.

For indoor plants, terracotta pots can even add some humidity to the air, which lots of plants really love.

Oh that Color!

Terracotta has a beautiful orange color that will patina over time as minerals in your soil and water evaporate through the pot walls. If you are lucky, you may even get some moss to grow on the outside. This patina stands as a marker of the time and care you have put into your plants.

To learn more about Palmer Planter Company and our sustainability practices, please visit our About Us page.