Clay versus Plastic Pots

Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Equipment and Supplies and other Garden topics.

Should I soak terra cotta pots before using them?

Clay versus Plastic Pots

Always soak clay pots overnight before using them so that they do not immediately wick all the moisture from the soil. Clay pots allow the plant to breath better than plastic pots, however due to this fact the plants will dry out faster. Plastic pots or peat pots are best used when starting seeds. Clay pots are better for older plants with established root systems.



7/26/2009 3:06:35 AM
carrie said:

the soaking the clay pots does sound wise. i actually have always prefered plastic, have kept my plants in the plastic pots for years and they are still doing great. i might have to switch one of them to clay and compare results. thankyou for the inspiration


URL: (optional)


Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Garden Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!

Guru Spotlight
Sheri Ann Richerson
Buy My Book