The beauty of using grey terracotta pots is that they can be both attractive and useful, but equally eye catching. They are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. These pot plants also make a colorful addition to any backyard or garden and have an added benefit of being environmentally friendly. However, before you begin container planting with terracotta pots you need to take into account some practical issues.
Grey colored pots are usually suitable for container planting in any climate zone. This means that you do not necessarily have to choose a plant that will require special care when it is not in its natural environment. The main concern is choosing a container plant that will survive in the environment that it is placed in. Containers are usually made from porous material like gravel, sand or peat and although the purpose behind their creation was to allow air and water to pass through, they often do not do well if they are constantly surrounded by such mediums.
One particular plant that has proven difficult to grow in containers is the cactus. They can easily get damaged by low light conditions, especially if you choose a shady spot for your container planting. So, look for a sunny location that gets little to no shade. Another thing to consider is that plant roots expand significantly during the summer. So, it is important that you provide adequate drainage or consider other methods of root management.
Another plant that can prove problematic is the tall fern or one that sprouts very large. Sometimes they can get too heavy for the pots and if that happens you could find them falling over as the wind blows through the container. You need to plan carefully where you will put the plant and what you will be doing if it grows too high. Some ferns will do well in deep containers, while others prefer a shallow water dish. This is something else you need to keep in mind when preparing your container planting.
One plant that is particularly good for grey terracotta pots is the California poppy. It can be planted in any container and has an incredible history of thriving even in the depths of container soil. It needs minimal attention and will grow happily in grey terracotta pots. One important point to remember is to avoid planting the poppy close to any structure, as it can cause problems with structural support. Also, do not plant the California poppy too close to a tree or bush as the roots may get snagged and cause decay.
There are many other plants that can be used successfully in grey terracotta pots. The problem with these is that their roots spread out too widely and can make it very difficult to control the height. It is best to plant such plants at least three to four feet apart from each other. By doing this, you will have more flexibility and be able to position them in any way that you like.
Grey terracotta pots are ideal if you want to create a focal point in your yard. If you have a lawn with grassy areas, then you can place a number of pots in a ring around your home. Similarly, if you have a lot of weeds in your garden, then you can use a number of pots to section off the area into different sections. This is particularly useful if you want to use a pot as a footbath in your bathroom or any room where you want some privacy.
The final advantage to grey terracotta pots is that they are relatively cheap to buy. They tend to be made from natural materials that are sustainable, meaning that you will not be contributing to the destruction of the environment. You also do not have to spend a great deal of money in order to find good quality ones. In fact, you can often buy a good set for as little as twenty dollars. This is certainly a good idea if you are looking to decorate your home without spending a lot of money.