Cheapest terracotta

Phildeez(9b)May 18, 2011

I searched high and low for cheap, large terracotta pots for this season. Most places were $20 to $50 for 5ish gallon size pots necessary for successful vegetables! That is just insane to me.

Anyone else having this problem may want to check out IKEA, I was surprised to find them there when I went rug shopping! $5.99 for brand new terracotta pots, 5-7 gallons, haven't measured yet.

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Mandyvilla(7a No.VA)

Have you checked Walmart (in person)? I was blown away by their pricing. I am a reluctant fan of Walmart, I am constantly finding they are priced lower than almost anyone else.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2011 at 10:20AM
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Phildeez(9b)

I did check Walmart, and, at least where I live, the terracotta remained extremely expensive. I was just at my local garden/hardware and it was literally $40 each for the same 5-gal terracotta, made by a different brand of course.

Walmart was great for DIY plastic containers, but not terracotta, IME. And plastice does not quite cut it in the heat of summer, where I live.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2011 at 2:13PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

Do you have any mom and pop garden centers in your area? I used to work at one in the 80's. Those prices seem awfully high!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 3:02PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

There are different manufacturing processes for terracotta pots. The method used is the primary factor in the cost. This link has a good explanation. The good news is that even the cheapies can last for years if properly maintained.

No ideas where you might want to shop, but at least you can know more about determining if you're getting what you pay for.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2011 at 10:39AM
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pippi21(Z7 Silver Spring, Md.)

We have a wonderful family owned/operated farm market/garden center. Their prices are more than HD but their quality and knowledge of their staff is fantastic and their garden center is great. On his pots and garden statues he is very high and you'd think he'd reduce the prices so he wouldn't have to store them all winter but his philosophy is that if he reduced them too much and sold them, it would probably cost him more to rebuy new items for the garden center when he reopens in the Spring for business. He has great fruit and vegetables and tries to buy from local farmers.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 10:19PM
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KatyaKatya(6)

Walmart has cheap pots seasonally! I still haven't figured out the pattern because I am not container gardening but anyway.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2012 at 7:29PM
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Tuchina

Try thrift stores that sell household goods and not just clothes. With patience and several trips to my local thrift stores, I've found a good number of terracotta pots.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 11:54PM
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