growing herbs in terra cotta planters?

Lynn NevinsJune 27, 2010

Can you grow herbs in terra cotta planters, or does it depent on the herb? For some reason I'd think the terra cotta would sap too much moisture from the soil....that plastic planters would be better for herbs?


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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I prefer growing any kind of plant in terra cotta. Yes, the potting medium dries out faster, but that's a good thing. That's what hoses and watering cans are for, lol! Truly, water evaporation from the sides of the container is a reason why so many millions of people use clay pots.

One of the primary problems that so many people have with container growing is dealing with excess moisture/oxygen deficit in the medium. Clay containers are ONE of the ways that this can be avoided.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 4:58AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Terra cotta is wonderful for herbs and plants. The big caveat is that terra cotta disintegrates quite rapidly in northern winter weather. If you are planning on overwintering the pots outdoors, the terra cotta pots will break, chip, crack, and fall apart more rapidly than pots made from synthetic materials.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 10:37AM
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Lynn Nevins

thanks all. as for overwintering.....are most herbs annuals or perennials? Because I guess if they are annuals, that solves the issue of worrying about pots cracking in the winter. :-) I mean naturally they might still crack, but at least the crack wouldn't be potentially causing the death of a PERENNIAL, if in fact most herbs are annuals....

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 10:41AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Culinary herb species can either be annuals OR perennials. You'd need to do a quick google of the kinds that you have to determine this.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2010 at 11:07PM
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Even if there are no plants in the terra cotta the pots can crack in cold weather. So try to bring in if possible.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 11:35PM
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