“ Brand: B&Q / Type: Pot „
In a quest to find an elegant container for my Madagascar Dragon Tree, I came across B&Q's range of straight edged pots - these pleasant looking planters come in a range of different colours and sizes, and are available for a reasonable price. I opted for the Dark Grey 20cm variety, which can be viewed on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/6zjtslp . Constructed from ceramic, the pot measures sixteen centimetres in height, and is a decent size to house a medium plant / small bay tree. At only 1380 grams it doesn't weight too much, and is easy to transport around (depending of course on whether your plant inside it isn't too heavy!).
Price & Availability
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In terms of the item's price, it currently costs £4.98 from the B&Q store or on the website (www.diy.com). In terms of the other sizes available, the smaller 18cm straight edged pot costs £3.58, whilst the larger 28cm version retails at £10.28. Compared to the cost of other ceramic pots that i've seen, I feel that B&Q's price represents decent value for money, especially when you consider the fact that it's a well made item.
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Funnily enough, although titled "straight edged", the item in question has a slight outward curve at the top, making it a little more visually appealing than many of its brethren which sat alongside it on the shelves of the store. The pot's colour is a dark grey (almost black) with a hint of brown - a pleasant colour which would suit both a patio or an office environment. The surface of the ceramic has a slight texture, giving the pot a tactile feel, and adding a general touch of quality.
Drainage Issues & Final Word
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Due to the fact that the pot doesn't have drainage holes, it's probably best suited as an 'outer' - meaning that it would be sensible to have your plastic plant pot sitting inside it. Similarly, if using the pot out in the garden, it may be best to check it after a rain shower in case it has filled up with water - although having said that I've found that it's perfectly fine in an outdoor setting. Overall, I would highly recommend any of B&Q's straight edged pots - they're tough, and will look great wherever you decide to put them.