Why Choose Terracotta Pots over Plastic?

Mud Mountain Blog

terracotta oil jar and pots

In the world of gardening and landscaping, choosing the right pot for your plants can make all the difference when it comes to enhancing the aesthetics of your outdoor space. While plastic pots may be a popular choice in many gardens, you simply cannot beat the timeless appeal of terracotta.

Here at Mud Mountain, we specialise in large handmade terracotta pots and planters made in the heart of Tuscany. Here are some of the main benefits of choosing terracotta pots over plastic for your gardening needs—both in terms of functionality and visual quality.

Artisan craftsmanship

One of the most compelling reasons to choose terracotta pots is the unparalleled craftsmanship that goes into making each one. Our pots are not mass-produced in a factory; they are lovingly hand-crafted by skilled artisans. These family potteries have honed their craft over generations, and their expertise shows in every pot they create. When you choose a terracotta planter, you're not just buying a container for your plants; you're investing in a piece of art. You can even see the imprints of the craftsman's hands who made them, and each pot carries its own unique charm, with each tool mark and idiosyncrasy only adding to each pot’s individual character and beauty.

A Remarkable Raw Material - Galestro Clay

Our terracotta pots are made from a unique and natural material called Galestro clay, found in the clay sediments of Tuscany. This clay is meticulously processed and, when left in the hands of a skilled master potter, results in a product of exceptional quality.

Aesthetic appeal: Galestro clay gives terracotta pots their signature mottled red colour and stunning finish. The high-temperature firing process and the natural saline efflorescence in the clay create a unique, rustic appearance that plastic pots simply cannot replicate. Terracotta pots exude quality and bring a touch of Tuscan charm to any garden or home.

Durability:  When treated with proper care, terracotta pots are known for their resilience in the face of harsh weather conditions, particularly beneficial with winter on the way. Galestro clay is naturally resistant to the elements, making these pots perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. 

terracotta pot and shrub
master potter at work

Superior drainage

One of the key benefits of terracotta pots is their excellent drainage properties. Unlike plastic pots, terracotta is porous, allowing excess water to escape through the walls of the pot. This prevents overwatering and root rot, promoting healthier plant growth. With terracotta, you have greater control over your plant's moisture levels, making it an excellent choice for even the most novice of gardeners.

Environmentally friendly

In today's eco-conscious world, sustainability is a chief concern, and terracotta pots are an excellent environmentally friendly choice. Made from natural clay, a renewable resource, their production has a lower environmental impact compared to the manufacturing of plastic pots. 

How can we help?

Terracotta pots offer a unique combination of artisan craftsmanship, aesthetic appeal, durability, excellent drainage, and environmental consciousness that plastic pots cannot hope to match. When you invest in our large handmade terracotta pots, you're not just choosing a container for your plants; you're choosing a piece of art that will enhance your garden and last for generations. Make the switch to terracotta and experience the timeless beauty and practical benefits it brings to your garden. If you'd like to find out more, then please do get in touch.

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