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Hi folks

what is best to grow in a terracotta pot?

Something that likes dryish soil. Terracotta dries out much more quickly than plastic.

Yeah I figured that when the plant in there died quite quickly, any ideas what what suit best


Anything you like if you keep it watered 



Depends what you want it do do - do you want something that looks good all year round?


And is this plant to go anywhere in particular - on a patio or terrace or front porch?


I would also suggest that you mix in some water retaining crystals to help it from drying out.If it is in a nice sunny possition maybe a lavender would be ok with some trailer with it.


If not, a nice fern and varigated ivy would also look nice.

A Phormium called Dazzler would look good there.  Semi cascading, maroon red evergreen leaves. A carex called Comans Bronze ...evergreen, foxy brown leaves creating a fountain effect ....would provide low mainenance beauty all year round ( provide light free draining soil)

However, for a seasonal (summer) plantIng a dark red pelargonium or a begonia called bonfire would look great in that pot.


I was thinking that a phormium might be suitable 


Can you get a plastic pot that fits inside the terracotta pot? Then it won't dry out as fast



You could paint it inside and out with a couple of coats of clear acrylic varnish which is water based and that will help with water absorption and give some protection from frost damage.

I would then suggest a simple, hardy ornamental grass such as carex bronze beauty which is evergreen and will give year round interest.   The foliage will dance in the breeze and glow in the sun and just needs coming through by hand (wear gloves) or with a rake in spring to remove dead foliage.    


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