Clay pots are an invaluable additional. To any household. They can be used outdoors, as well as indoors. They are light weather resistant and fare well outdoors where they are exposed to climatic factors. They are resistant to acidic rain, chemicals and are not easily affected by snow, hailstorms or rough weather. This makes them an excellent tool for studying plants in outdoor nurseries and botanical gardens. They are of equal utility to both the casual plan enthusiast and to someone studying plants as a discipline.
They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and designs. The most common design, by far, is the regular shaped clay pot with a cylindrical shape that is somewhat elongated and tapers towards the bottom. .lat clay pots have a hole in the bottom that allows air to pass and in some cases allows the root of the plant to take hold in the ground and affix itself while the pot provides support. This has helped in the conservation efforts with many plants that would not have been able to grow without the help of clay pots to keep them in place while they grew strong enough to stand on heir own without support.
It is better to buy ceramic pots that are porous as that variety has a number of benefits. The pores in a ceramic pot allow the passage of water minerals and air through their surface. This also allows pesticides to be sprayed at the surface of the pot. Such a spray of pesticides is effective as the liquid can pass through the surface and reach its intended destination. This can not be achieved with other synthetic pots made of materials like plastic as their surface is not porous like their ceramic alternatives.
Another factor to consider is whether the ceramic pots can be disposed off easily. Many councils have strict regulations against the disposal of some of the newer varieties of clay pots that are considered an environmental hazard. Acting in contravention of such regulations might result in fines and other penalties such as community service. It is advisable to be up to date on what the community guidelines are for disposing ceramic pots and which types of cheap pots can be disposed without causing much trouble. Most of this information can be obtained from the pot vendors themselves.
The cost of a pot depends upon the shape it is of. Simple shaped pots are the most inexpensive and also the most versatile. They serve a variety of purposes and can be installed at the location of the buyer’s choice. A pot becomes more expensive as the complications of the design increase. Pots may have holes punched into their structure or have accessories that allow them to be hanged from hooks or ropes.