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Frequently Asked Question!
Terracotta, or terra-cotta, a type of earthenware, is a clay-based unglazed or glazed ceramic, where the fired body is porous and water flows through its walls easily. It is used to make many flower pots. Terracotta is also often used for pipes, bricks, and sculptures.
Yes, terracotta is definitely better than plastic planters. Clay pots have been used for centuries to house plants. That’s because clay makes a great environment for plants that prefer moderate to dry soil as the porous makeup of clay allows moisture to move in and out of the soil through the walls of the planter. Plastic on the other hand is toxic to the environment and not just that, it attracts and stores heat if left in direct sunlight, leading to premature wilting. The material is extremely brittle and thin, hence it chips and cracks easily. Plastic is prone to fading in sunlight.Cheap plastic planters typically don’t last more than a couple of seasons There are health concerns linked to certain plastics used in planters. You want to avoid certain plastics if you plan to grow veggies or fruits for consumption.
They have drainage holes on the bottom which also helps water to flow through and prevent soggy soil. The drainage hole helps your plant not retain too much water!
Terracotta is not limited to just outdoors, you can use them indoors as well. You can use terracotta for your indoor plants and well as for your kitchen. They add a rustic , elegant look to your indoor space apart from being toxic free, Terracotta is nature’s gift to humanity.
Terracotta is made from clay. It is naturally available. An appropriate refined clay is formed to the desired shape. After drying it is placed in a kiln or atop combustible material in a pit, and then fired up to 1830 degrees F. The iron content, reacting with oxygen during firing, gives the fired body a reddish color, though the overall color varies widely across shades of yellow, orange, buff, red, “terracotta”, pink, grey or brown.
Terracotta is made from naturally occurring soil (clay) hence it is eco friendly in nature, Terracotta can be reused. Clay pots are porous in nature which can be a relief to a skilled gardener. This is because in case there is excessive watering, water evaporation is fast through these pores which ultimately saves the plants.