Terracotta or plastic pot for outdoor landscaping: advantages and disadvantages


You just have to go to a green store or garden center to see the wide variety of existing pots. These differ in color, shape and material. When purchasing, it should be borne in mind that every flowerpot design has its advantages and disadvantages, and not all designs are optimal for every plant and every location. Here is more about terracotta and plastic pots.

Terracotta or plastic pot: different types of flower pots

Do you have plants indoors, on your balcony or in your garden? Anyone who has plants in his home necessarily has pots that he filled with soil before planting his plants there. Depending on the size of your plants, you have adjusted the size of the pot. The bottom of the pot is usually provided with holes so that water can drain into it. In this way, engorgement can be avoided. Most of the pros and cons of different flowerpot designs come from their material.

Plastic jar

Plastic flower pots are available in a wide variety of colors. You generally find them in cylindrical form, such as classic pots or in the form of planters (long rectangular tubs). Plastic jars have the advantage of being easy to clean because they have a smooth surface. It is therefore easier to remove the limestone which settles on its surface. This also results in another advantage: germs, fungi and bacteria cannot cling to it and are therefore eliminated more easily. Plastic flowerpots are therefore ideal for sensitive young shoots. One of their other advantage remains their strength. When falling, plastic pots do not shatter as quickly as terracotta or ceramic pots. As plastic does not tend to absorb water like earthen ports, this material is particularly suitable for plants that like wet soils.

The advantages of plastic jars

  • Budget: overall, they are more advantageous than earthenware pots.
  • Weight: they are easier to lift. You can move them around in your garden, on your terrace or on your balcony as you wish.
  • Solidity: these are plastic pots which, unlike those in earth, have less tendency to break in the event of frost or fall.
  • Ecology: oddly enough, they are more ecological than earthen pots in that the latter require more energy not only to manufacture them, but also to transport them.
  • Maintenance: plastic pots are very easy to clean.
  • Aesthetics: each to their own, but plastic pots have the advantage of being available in many colors.
  • Heat: Plastic pots retain moisture and heat, which can promote the development of your crops.

The disadvantages of plastic pots

  • Ecology: when the pot is worn out, it needs to be recycled.
  • Aesthetics: The color of the plastic pot may fade in sunlight.
  • Heat: Plastic pots tend not to help aerate the roots and can more easily cause them to rot. In addition, they protect the plant less from the cold, unlike earthenware pots.

Terracotta pot

Unlike plastic, you have a completely different material: terracotta. These flower pots are mainly available in red and brown tones and are particularly popular because of their natural look. If you are looking for sturdy pots, which do not move, it is in your best interest to choose terracotta pots, especially if you live in a place where it is windy. This also applies if you plan to put your pots on a rather narrow window sill. The major disadvantage remains that of cleaning because due to the consistency of these pots, dirt and germs can easily settle there. In addition, these flowerpots can break faster and easier.

The advantages of terracotta pots

  • Aesthetics: Many find the pretty terracotta pots more to their liking than plastic pots, aesthetically speaking.
  • Heat: the terracotta pot being thicker than the plastic pot, it protects plants better from the cold. Being more airy, their roots breathe and grow more easily.

The disadvantages of terracotta pots

  • Budget: Terracotta pots are more expensive than plastic pots.
  • Weight: Terracotta pots are heavier than plastic ports. On a balcony, for example, it can quickly make a difference.
  • Strength: a fall is enough for the earthen pot to break. This can also happen in the event of frost. This happens especially since the terracotta is not glazed.
  • Ecology: it is necessary to water the plants often in earthen pots because they are porous and this induces significant evaporation.
  • Maintenance: it is less easy for an earthen pot than a plastic pot.