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Ceramic pots, ideal for the beauty of your garden

Ceramic pots, ideal for the beauty of your garden

Gardening

Gardening is the art and practice of cultivating gardens. It consists of cultivating, both in an open and closed space (flowerbeds), flowers, trees, vegetables, or orchards, either for aesthetics, for taste or for food, and in whose achievement the economic objective is secondary.

The term “garden”, known since the 12th century, seems to come from the Latin-Germanic compound hortus gardinus which literally means “garden surrounded by a fence”, from the Latin hortus, French garden, or “closed” gart or gardo, as if the garden had to defend itself against animals and even thieves.

What is considered a garden?

A garden (from the French jardin, or orchard), is an area of land where plant species are grown, with possible addition of other elements such as fountains or sculptures, for the pleasure of the senses. In Spanish it was formerly called huerto de flor to distinguish it from the garden where vegetables are grown. The adoption of the word in French made it easier to distinguish between the two.

To make these gardens with no economic purpose, only for aesthetic enjoyment, carries a long tradition, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, considered one of the wonders of the ancient world, were already famous, which denotes that these leisure spaces have a long tradition since then.

A garden can incorporate both natural and man-made materials (landscaping). Western gardens are almost universally plant-based. However, some types of oriental gardens, such as Zen gardens, hardly use them or, do not use them at all.

Zoos, which display animals in simulated natural habitats, were formerly called zoological gardens.

Gardening is the art of creating these spaces, and it accompanies the architecture, since they are a complement to the buildings and often even have constructions in their design.

Throughout history gardens have varied not only in their styles but also in relation to the species. Genetic engineering and the development of nurseries have contributed to a great diversity of hybrid varieties adapted to design requirements. Also the ecological current plans a garden taking into account the native plants of the region, allowing the good management of the existing biodiversity.

Potting Garden

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A pot garden is the practice of growing plants exclusively in containers or “pots”. instead of planting them in the ground directly. In some cases, this method of cultivation is used for ornamental purposes. This method is also useful in areas where the soil is inadequate for the plant or for harvesting. The increasingly limited space may also make the gardener consider it.

Many types of plants are suitable for potting, including flowering ornamentals, herbs, cabbages, and small trees. There are many advantages to potted plants, namely

Less risk of contracting soil-borne diseases

Weed problems are eliminated

Mobility which gives more control over humidity, sunlight, temperature to which the plant is exposed.

The pots can be made of clay or plastic, from the size of tea cups to large containers with complex automatic irrigation systems. Flexibility in design is another reason why pots are so popular with growers. They can be found on porches, front steps, patios, orangeries, in urban locations, and on rooftops.

Transplanting and care

The transfer of a plant from a pot to a larger or smaller one is a frequent operation, in which the root system is healed, maintaining the main roots and cutting the secondary roots. Pots are used in which the plant’s root system fits loosely and new substrate is added. Most of the plants are changed regularly to keep them healthy, because they become “all-root

Flowerpot

A pot, matera, cachet or pot is a container, usually in the form of a truncated cone with a hole in the bottom for drainage, used to grow both outdoor and indoor plants. Traditionally it is made of clay or baked clay, but there are also different materials, such as fiberglass, plastic, wood, stone, cement. Biodegradable materials, such as brown paper, cardboard or even dry sphagnum, are used in nurseries and greenhouses for seedlings to be transplanted, as they can be introduced into the new pot or directly into the soil along with the plant and eventually disposed of.

Materials and shapes

The pots are made of different materials; the most common are plastic, clay and baked clay. The latter two work well outdoors because they have similar properties of contained soil transpiration and natural appearance. Plastic, which is lighter and cheaper, has the disadvantage of rapidly heating the contents, thus influencing the natural growth of the plants. Other materials are stoneware, concrete, natural or artificial stone, resin, fiberglass. There are also metal containers -which must be treated against oxidation- and various vegetable fibers.

They can be found in a great variety of shapes, and conventional geometric lines: cube type, cylinders, in triangle as corner pieces. On terraces and gardens, planters and pots can act as a visual reference and combined with garden furniture. Often, they also serve as room dividers, guides on paths, boundaries of peripheral spaces, etc.

Indoors

Indoor pots are used to contain natural or artificial plants. In homes, decorated porcelain or wooden pots are very decorative, although those made of metal (polished steel, brass, etc.) are common. The design of pots has diversified enormously from the traditional round furniture or rounded shapes. It is common to find them with a square base, elongated, asymmetrical, etc. Mendoza’s pots are made of clay. It is a handcrafted pot, the result of a century-old pottery tradition and when it ages it changes tone slightly, tends to turn white and takes on a dull appearance. However, there is a technique to solve this problem. To do this, the pot is immersed for half an hour in water with vinegar and the acetate makes it regain its color. Once it is dry, it can be varnished on the outside. If it is done inside and out, a “thermo” effect is achieved, which protects it from extreme heat and cold. This type of pot can be found in two varieties: patinated, which through a special process of vitrification in ovens at high temperatures manage to acquire a particular brightness. And another more rustic and sober one, made of opaque natural terracotta. An alternative to terracotta is the cement pot, imitation of Mendoza.

In exteriors

To place outdoors in a garden or balcony, you can use the baked clay ones, the fiberglass ones or the fiber cement ones that can be found in a very wide range of colors and shapes. There is a wide variety of pots on the market ranging from classic or contemporary designs to very innovative pots. For an old Spanish style setting, the jars have been recovered. On the other hand, for a Mexican or American type, it is the cement pot type.

History

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Over the centuries, the use of pots has influenced the history of horticulture, which “flourished” as people acquired the ability to move plants from one environment to another. The Egyptians were among the first people to use them in this way. The Romans were the first to move plants indoors in cold weather. During the 18th century, breadfruit seedlings were transported in pots from Tahiti to the West Indies and geraniums made the journey from Africa to North America. African orchids and violets also travelled great distances in this type of container.

An indispensable element in any garden or terrace is the plants. We have already talked about all the flowers and plants you can choose according to the orientation of your garden, but just as important as the choice of flowers and plants is the container in which you plant them.

The options available when choosing the pots are merely aesthetic. The only thing you have to take into account is that they should be suitable for the size of the plant.  The types of pots available on the market are

Clay pots: they are very heavy, they do not support well the cold of the winter nor the frosts and they get to break for this reason.

Terracotta pots: they are one of the most beautiful options. They exist with different qualities but generally they do not support well the low temperatures although some models take a special coating and they do not break.

Resin pots: they have some advantages such as easy cleaning, low price and low weight to move them. Although they don’t break like the previous ones, they can get to crack. Today they imitate perfectly the clay and terracotta pots. They are the best option if you do not want to spend a lot of money.

Resin pots with lighting: they are the latest in outdoor decoration and have the triple function of lighting, decorating and obviously potting. Available in multiple sizes and shapes you can find them in white finish with blue, green, red and orange light.

Wooden pots: this type of pots are ideal for colonial and rustic environments. The disadvantage is that they require annual maintenance to prevent them from deteriorating.

Stone pots: for large gardens or porches are highly recommended because this type of material is very durable. If you want to create a rustic atmosphere you should opt for large stone planters. The main disadvantage of this option is its high weight.

Potting soil

Potting soil, also known as potting mix, potting compost, substrate or terrium, is a medium in which to grow plants, herbs and vegetables in a durable pot or container. The first recorded use of the term dates back to an 1861 issue of the American Agriculturist.

Some of the common ingredients used are peat, bark compost, sand, perlite, vermiculite, coconut fiber and recycled mushroom compost, although many others are used and the proportions vary greatly. Most commercially available brands are pH balanced with ground limestone and some also contain small amounts of fertilizers and slow-release nutrients. However, despite its name, little or no soil is used in potting soil because it is considered too dense for indoor growing.

Some plants require a potting soil specific to their habitat. For example, the African violet grows best in a substrate that contains more sphagnum peat, while a cactus needs a lot of drainage, so it should contain pearlite or sand. Although potting soil is not ideal for all container-grown plants. Insectivorous plants, such as Venus flycatchers and those of the genera Nepenthes and Sarracenia, the so-called pot plants, prefer poor substrates such as those found in their original habitats, swamps and marshes. On the other hand the aquatic ones prosper in a much heavier mixture.

Commercially available potting soil is sterilized to prevent the spread of weeds and plant-borne diseases. Commercial potting soil can be reused, provided that root remains, fungi, weeds and insects are removed by heat sterilization of the soil before replanting. Most packaged potting soil is sold in bags ranging from 10 to 80 liters.

Advantages and disadvantages of clay pots

The choice of the type of pot is one of the biggest dilemmas for gardening enthusiasts. Not only is the size important, but the type of material it is made of. The most common ones in homes are usually made of plastic and clay, and of course, each one has its defenders and detractors.

If you are not clear about your choice, at EcologíaVerde we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of clay pots so that you can decide if they are suitable for your situation.

Advantages of clay pots

The main advantage of clay pots is that it is a very porous material, so pots made with it will constantly ooze water, making it an ideal option in the rainiest climates. However, as long as these pots are not painted or enameled. In addition, clay protects the roots better against the inclemency of the weather, whether it is frost or direct sun, much more than plastic.

The advantages of using terracotta pots

Many gardeners have a preference for using a certain type of pot for their plants. Terracotta pots are made of clay and baked in an oven. Its clay color combines very well with any type of plant or garden giving the environment a rustic look. Terracotta pots are great for most plants because they are porous allowing oxygenation of the roots, also eliminating excess water from the soil. The use of this type of pots is very suitable for cactus and crass.

The use of terracotta pots outdoors also has many advantages since, unlike plastic pots, they protect the plants from sudden changes in temperature. As they are heavier, they can withstand adverse weather conditions such as storms or strong winds. However, as water evaporates quickly, they are not recommended for plants that like humidity such as ferns or to germinate seeds. In Argemi you can find all kinds of pots and planters of different sizes, materials and shapes.

Disadvantages of clay pots

However, clay pots also have their disadvantages. The fact that clay pots are porous, makes them lose water quickly, so they are not the most suitable for interiors. For this reason, it is necessary to water them more frequently. Another disadvantage of clay pots is that they are more expensive than plastic pots, besides being much heavier. And, as you can imagine, they are much more fragile to accidental knocks.

In short, the best option for interiors are plastic pots, although for exteriors it will depend on each specific case, since you have to take into account the climate of the place, the budget, the tastes of each person, among many other things.

Mud and its benefits. Fabulous DIY pots and tips.

Mud consists of a mixture of water and soil that can be used for various purposes.  Since ancient times this material was used for the creation of handicrafts and for construction.  Nowadays one of the main uses of clay is the manufacture of pots for indoor plant cultivation.

Clay and its benefits. Fabulous DIY pots and tips.

Photos of variants of pots that we can make using the clay. Benefits of this material for your plants and some tricks.

Mud consists of a mixture of water and soil that can be used for various purposes.  Since ancient times this material was used for the creation of handicrafts and for construction.  Nowadays one of the main uses of clay is the manufacture of pots for indoor plant cultivation.

The clay pots are the result of the artisan activity that is born from an ancient pottery tradition. The clay pots are characterized by being very suitable for decoration because of their natural appearance. In addition you can get many designs. In the photos you can admire the variety of designs that can be obtained using this material.

Clay pots are usually very suitable for decorating our gardens. We can combine many designs and get very happy effects. For this we can play with the colors and size of the pots. We can place them at the entrance of our house, on the balcony and porches.

Benefits of growing in clay pots

Mud is usually an ideal material for the cultivation of many plants. This is because the walls of these containers are porous and this allows for proper aeration of the substrate. The plants that are better cultivated in this type of containers are the succulents and all those that do not require much water because the mud makes the substrate dry easily between irrigations. However this type of pots are not so suitable for the cultivation of plants that require a lot of humidity, but there are some tricks that can solve the problems.

Tricks to improve the cultivation of plants in clay pots

If we want to cultivate in our pots plants that require much humidity the first thing we can do is to paint the pots with waterproof paint. This will prevent water from escaping through the pores and therefore keep your substrate moist for longer. In addition to protection for your plants, with the paint you can get very nice designs like those shown in the figures.

If you do not want to end up with the natural appearance of clay pots, what you can do is varnish inside and outside with transparent varnish so that the color of your pot does not change. In this way you get a thermoprotective effect that protects from extreme heat and cold.

If over time your pots become white and dull, the best solution is to immerse them for half an hour in water with vinegar and the acetate will restore their initial color.

Don’t waste a broken pot

It is probable that some clay pot can be broken by the fragility of the material but you should not get rid of it. The clay fragments are widely used for the formation of ideal substrates for orchids for example. The pieces of clay improve the attachment of the roots to the substrate and favor the drainage.

Where to buy beautiful pots with home delivery

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Nothing gives a space more good vibes than some nice plants; that’s why here we tell you where to buy pots at home to decorate your home.

There are many ways to revive spaces at home that seem to need extra help to make them more comfortable and harmonious, but definitely one of the best and most practical ways is to add plants with beautiful pots that not only purify the air in your home, but also give color to your days. Fortunately, it is no longer necessary to go to a physical store to acquire your flowerpots, since there are several places that offer their products with home delivery, so you can put your hands to work and beautify every corner. Buy beautiful flowerpots with unique designs and decorate your homeJARDÍN CHIQUITOThis place specializes in small and functional ceramic pieces such as cups, pots and lamps with original designs. All their products are original designs painted by hand.

MACETEO

This adorable little ceramic pot store offers unique pieces, especially designed for small spaces.

THE PLANTERY

Here you will find pots, arrangements, flowers, cactus, succulents, carnivores and more recommendations.

HOMEXICO

All their products are Mexican, hand painted with funny and daring designs, like this mini tanning pot.

FACE OF PLANT

With distinctive face shapes, you’ll find everything from tiny button houses to giant cactuses to medium sized trees in this store.

NODOVERDE

This is a store specialized in the design of botanical environments, with pots for inside and outside.

BIVE LAND

Its pots are characterized by their original designs, you can find from geometric skulls and pigs to Buddha heads.

MAKAL

Who doesn’t like pots with funny faces and colors? In this store you will find those pots you have been looking for.

IN GOOD PLANT

Buen Plant is an online store specialized in handmade concrete pots.

THE POMONA

Coquettish creations you will find in this design store, specialized in high temperature ceramic pots.

PLANTIFY

Here you can design your own pot with your favorite color and shape, to fit perfectly with the style of your home.

VEGETABLE LOVE

Did you ever dream of having pots of panditas and dinosaurs? In this store with incredible designs you will surely find pieces to give and give away.