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B&Q Flower Pot Terracotta
Member Name: sooty1987
B&Q Flower Pot Terracotta
Advantages: Very cheap to buy, good value
Disadvantages: They crack if they come into contact with frost.
I visit B&Q on a regular basis for gardening supplies. I have bought many of these pots in the past in a variety of sizes. The pots are widely available to buy from most B&Q stores.
The pots come in sizes that range from 20cms to 40cms. The size I most commonly buy is the 23cm size and they currently cost £1.50 each, a bargain in anyone's book.
The pots are made completely from Terracotta. Terracotta is an Italian term for "baked earth", a clay-based unglazed ceramic.
The terracotta, baked earth, the pots are made from is quite thick and very light red in colour - terracotto. The pots are quite light and you can easily move them around. The pots are much heavier when you fill them with soil and they become a lot harder to move around the garden. If you have bought the large size terracotta pot then it often works out much easier to plant them up in situ.
The pots have holes in the bottom of them to drain out water, this also saves you from overwatering your plants.
I really like these terracotta pots but there is one downside. They pots are not frost proof and therefore if you leave them out in the winter and they come into contact with frost then the pots crack. If you don't have the room to store these pots in a garage or shed over winter and you just leave them out then they will not last long. If you store them over winter in sheds or your garage then they will last for many years.
If your pot does crack then there is still a use for the cracked pot. Break up the broken terracotta into smaller pieces and next time you are filling a larger terracotta pot, say the 40cm size, put some of the broken terracotta pieces at the bottom of your large pot. This saves on the amount of soil you will need to use to fill the pot.
Another good use for this terracotta pot is to fill it with soil and then plant up your plug plants (small plants not ready to go outside) let the small plants grow away in the terracotta pot inside your greenhouse. Then when the plants are ready to go outside you have ready filled pots, perfect for patios.
All in all I really like these pots, they are very good value, they are available in a variety of sizes and if one of your pots does crack they are cheap to replace and as I said before there is a use for the cracked pieces.
I have two very large terracotta pots, over 40cms. Every year I plant cherry tomoato plants in them, this works well and I always have a good crop of tomoatos, works out better for me than using growbags.
Summary: Look great on my patio and great to grow cherry tomatos in.
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