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Flower Pots

Historically, flowers and plants have been cultivated and displayed in flower pots made from terracotta. The word terracotta come from Latin and means ‘baked earth’ and is a clay based ceramic. It can also be used for bricks, water pipes and sculpture.

The Egyptians were amongst the first to use flowerpots for the transportation of plants to new locations, and the Romans brought potted plants inside during cold weather.

Pots were used to ship breadfruit seedlings from Tahiti to the West Indies in the 18th century. Pelargonium geraniums, African violets and orchids were also shipped in pots to and from Europe, North America and Africa.

More recently, flowerpots have been made from other materials such as stone, plastic and wood.

Jiffy pots are an example of biodegradable pots, which often have holes in the bottom, to allow excess water to flow out. Often a saucer, drip tray or reservoir is placed underneath the flowerpot so that it can be filled from the bottom and the plant can soak up water as needed to water its roots.

Hanging Baskets for Plants

Hanging baskets are typically used in settings or buildings where garden space is limited. Instead of having pots occupying space on the floor, these baskets are hung from buildings or from street furniture to enhance the visual appeal of a particular area.

Traditionally, they feature an upright centrepiece plant such as dahlia, geranium or fuchsia with bedding plants or a 'skirt' of pansies, French marigold or lobelia around the edges to add depth.

Hanging baskets are mostly made from wire with a plastic lining, which is solid and strong to retain the contents. They are filled with peat-free compost, water-retaining gel and controlled release fertiliser granules.

Mill Race Garden Centre offers a range of hanging baskets, flowerpots and planters which can double up as garden ornaments to add character and appeal to your garden.

The Robin Winter Boot Planter Ornament by Vivid Arts or Tea Cup Planter and Saucer make great gifts and can brighten up the atmosphere of even the most bland gardens and patios.

How to Choose a Flower Pot

There are several important factors to keep in mind when choosing a flower pot.

Make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of your pot. It is important for the pot to have proper drainage to avoid root rot. Also make sure the pot you have chosen is large enough to accommodate the mature size of the plant and its root ball.

Pots tend to dry out faster than soil in the garden. Terracotta dries out very quickly, especially when exposed to the sun. In such a case the best option would be to choose a pot that is non-porous such as a synthetic resin pot which stays cooler and retains moisture for much longer.

Resin pots tend to be light, durable and inexpensive.

Plastic pots are also lightweight and moisture conserving. The semi-flexible pots are good as liners and work best for cold winters. A good idea may be to plant directly into the plastic pot and then place it into a more decorative container to get the benefits of both. Have a look at the Elho Everyday Small Alice Container.

If you plan on leaving the pot/ planter outside through the winter then frost safe containers like wood, cement and stone are the best options.

Mobility is another issue that needs to be taken into account. If you plan on moving the pot inside during winter or around the garden where there is sun or shade then it is best to avoid heavier materials such as concrete, cement and stone.