Why We All Love Terracotta Pots So Much
Updated: Sep 4, 2019
We all know why terracotta pots are beautiful: that cool patina they get after a while makes your houseplants look vintage and stylish. However, there are also some practical benefits to using terracotta over other materials. Keep reading to discover why terracotta pots are the best choice for your green friends!
They Keep Your Plants Healthy
Terracotta’s porosity allows the soil to breathe, and air and water to move freely, preventing fungus, root rot, and other diseases that occur when the soil has been overwatered.
Usually, terracotta pots have drainage holes at the bottom and sit on a matching saucer – both things help prevent soggy soil.
If you tend to overwater or you have a plant that likes to dry out, terracotta is the answer.
They Match Any Decor
Terracotta is like blue jeans: its charm is timeless. It will never look outdated, also when paired with minimalist and modern interiors.
They Are Cheap
You can get a medium-sized terracotta pot for a few dollars only. Even if your cat knocks it off a shelf, you won’t be too upset at having to replace it.
They Are Great For Many Plants
Terracotta containers are great for cacti, succulents, and other plants that prefer dry soil such as Pilea Peperomioides, Snake Plant, Aloe Vera, String Of Hearts, String Of Pearls, Monstera varieties, Syngonium varieties, Peperomia varieties, Philodendron varieties, Ficus varieties, Opuntia cactus, Rhipsalis varieties, and Tradescantia varieties.
They Are Easy to Customize
If you like to add a personal flair to your home decor, terracotta pots will make an excellent choice – they are easy to paint and to decorate. If you’re bored with the plain look, you can easily spice things up!
Plants that prefer to stay moist may need to be watered quite often when placed inside a terracotta pot.
Soak your terracotta pot in lukewarm water for 15-20 minutes before potting your plant inside of it. It will help the clay retain moisture, and keep the soil from drying too quickly.
Terracotta pots can be heavy to lift, especially when paired with large plants. Be careful!