Pot luck: how to protect your garden pots from breaking

The Nature collection, available from Cadix

The Nature collection, available from Cadix - Credit: PA Photo/Handout

You needn’t go potty over broken pots. Instead, give your terracotta a little TLC

The Cubeto bowl planter, available from lechuza.co.uk

The Cubeto bowl planter, available from lechuza.co.uk - Credit: PA Photo/Handout

Every year there are a number of casualties among people’s terracotta pots, which end up broken or cracked in the depths of winter.

Replacing them can be an almost impossible decision, thanks to the plethora of garden pots available both from retailers and online, from huge Grecian-style glazed urns, to light resin contemporary planters.

If you’re going to invest in new pots, make sure they match the outside of your property and the style of your garden. If you live in a centuries-old cottage featuring original brickwork, for example, you may want to steer clear of contemporary urban planters.

While some manufacturers claim their terracotta pots are frostproof or frost resistant, I would advise you take care of them anyway to minimise risk of flaking and cracking.

Spinach growing in a garden

Spinach growing in a garden - Credit: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos

Glazed terracotta pots are generally more frostproof than unglazed ones, but if compost in the pot becomes waterlogged and then the water freezes, it will expand and crack the pot as well as killing the roots of your plants.

Move terracotta pots near to the house during the winter months or wrap them in bubble wrap or horticultural fleece to protect them - and make sure you have adequate drainage holes and drainage material in the pot, standing the pot on feet.

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