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Growing indoors: clay terra cotta vs. plastic pot?

Posted by Rick7072 6b (My Page) on
Tue, Nov 20, 12 at 15:59

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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RE: Growing indoors: clay terra cotta vs. plastic pot?

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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