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Container plants are maintained over many years and often develop into true splendor specimens, but their care also makes a lot of work: In summer they want to be watered daily, in autumn and spring, the heavy pots must be moved. But with a few tricks you can make life a little easier.
New light tubs
In the spring many plants repot. Here you have the opportunity to switch from heavy terracotta pots to lightweight plastic or fiberglass pots - feel the difference at the latest when you fall in. Some plastic surfaces are like clay or stone designed and externally hardly distinguishable. Contrary to popular belief, the plants in plastic containers by the way feel quite well.
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Light flower tubs in stone and terracotta look
These plastic flowerpots in terracotta look not only look Italian - they are also made there according to ancient tradition (Flora Tuscany)
The stackable "C-cubes" are flowerpots and privacy in one. The concrete look makes the plastic cubes ideal for modern terraces (Scheurich)
Unbreakable, color-stable and lightweight: The plastic pots are frost hardy and lightfast (Flora Tuscany)
Flower pots made of plastic are not only classic in terracotta, but also in ivory, rust color or chocolate brown (Flora Tuscany)
"Plastic tubs are better for the plants."
Tanja Ratsch, container plant expert at the nursery Flora Tuscany
What makes a plant-friendly vessel?
"The important thing is stability: If planters have soft walls, the earth dissolves from the edges and there are cracks, over which the irrigation water flows down unused. Each vessel should also have multiple bottom holes to drain excess water. A layer of expanded clay alone does not prevent waterlogging! "
Does the shape of the vessels matter?
"One should choose as high-walled tubs as possible, because roots strive in the depth. Flat bowls are unsuitable for the long-lived potted plants. The vessels should be wider from bottom to top. That is the only way to break loose the bale at any time. When repotting, abdominal vessels usually require a drastic trimming of the roots or, in extreme cases, mean the destruction of the vessel. It is better to use bulky tubs only as a planter. "
Are clay and terracotta pots better than plastic pots?
"Many hobby gardeners swear by clay, but the practice shows that plants in plastic pots permanently feel better. This is mainly due to their water-repellent properties: they do not absorb moisture, in contrast to clay pots. All irrigation water is stored by the earth and can be precisely metered. Roots also follow the water source. If the walls of the pot are constantly wet, fine roots will accumulate here - and will easily be damaged in drought or heat. "