Growing indoors: clay terra cotta vs. plastic pot?

Rick7072(6b)November 20, 2012

This fall and winter is my first time growing herbs indoors, under grow lights. I've read several different opinions on what material is best for the pot. I think most writers say that clay terra cotta is better since it can breathe which is important for our Mediterranean herbs, but I also see on the web "Try to avoid terra cotta pots. They absorb moisture and can dry out plants prematurely". And I guess others say either is ok!

I could just go ahead and experiment but would appreciate others' thoughts and experiences. Thanks.

Here is a link that might be useful: Here's an article I found on the web suggesting to NOT use terra cotta

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

It depends upon the plant. I'd never use terra cotta for something that liked more moist conditions - the terra cotta wicks away too much moisture. For Mediterranean herbs like sage and thyme that prefer more drained conditions, I would. But it all depends upon what I have on hand in the long run. ;)


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