Pots for Cyclamen in Greenhouse

Hansen Nursery robin@hansennursery.com
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:45:54 PDT
Judy,

++++I periodically make a shout-out to my garden club, requesting any unused
/ no longer wanted terra cotta pots. That's my source for 4 and 6 inch pots.
Anything much larger is difficult to acquire. "Modern" pots, when found at a
shop, are - call it flimsy, ++++with thinner walls. Or they are extremely
expensive, fancy,made-in-Italy Seibert and Rice terra rossa pots.

Your comments about the poor quality of terra cotta pots are interesting and
represent the frustration of trying to find decent, inexpensive terra cotta
in remote small towns.  I have found that 101 Plants & Things in Bandon has
better quality pots that are not expensive.  I test pots, each one, before I
buy, by sitting it on a flat surface and tapping the sides of the pot.
Cheap pots respond with a dull tone.  Good pots respond with a sharper tone
that is easily distinguishable.  So it's a matter of poking around garden
centers (not WalMart, etc.) and doing a little tapping.  Some of my pots
contain alpines and I've had them for a number of years.  The good ones I've
found also appear to have a smoother, more even finish, and this particular
source has "long toms".  I still buy a few custom pots from a potter in
Longview, WA when he shows up at various large garden shows and sales.  None
of them are especially fancy but they have good drainage holes and have a
basic glaze.  Too many times I see the most gorgeous glazed pots that can be
huge and they'll have a single, barely one-inch diameter drain hole.  Grrr.

Robin
Hansen Nursery
robin@hansennursery.com

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