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Connecticut Garden Journal: With So Many Options, Which Pots Should You Use?

May 3, 2018

It used to be gardeners would have two choices in pots -- clay or plastic.

Terracotta is the classic container with beautiful coloring. It's great for plants that like a well-drained soil like geraniums. Plastic pots are usually dark green and used for everything else.

However, now different container options for growing in pots.

Polyurethane containers look like classic molded clay or concrete pots but are lightweight and durable. Unlike clay pots, they don't break in winter or when dropped.

Ceramic pots have beautiful glazing and are decorative in and of themselves. While some don't have drainage holes, you can create a false bottom so the soil doesn't get water logged after a summer rain.

There are grow bags with handles that are easy to move and fold flat in fall for storage. There are sturdy railing planters than hang off a metal or a two-by-four or two-by-six railings without falling off your deck.

The biggest change, though, is the creation of self-watering pots. Self-watering pots have a reservoir in the bottom of the container that you periodically fill. The water comes in contact with the soil and, through osmosis, keeps the pot watered for days, even in the summer. Now you can grow tomatoes on pots and leave during a hot July weekend without worrying.

There are self-watering versions of railing planters, hanging baskets and windowsill plants as well.

So, this spring step up your pot game and try these newer containers. They will save space, time, and effort and give you beautiful and productive flowers and vegetables.

Next week on the Connecticut Garden Journal, I'll be talking about Mother Day flowers. Until then, I'll be seeing you in the garden.