Terracotta plant pots get their rusty tinged hue from the type of clay that is used to fire them. The colour seems to provide a perfect partner for many types of flowers and foliage. The containers are plentiful, affordable, durable, and come in many different sizes and shapes.
They are suitable for numerous varieties of plants. The name terracotta comes from the Latin “baked earth.” The body has a natural orange brown hue and is porous. The clay material is fired, and during the process the heat releases iron which causes the orange hue. The resulting terracotta is not watertight, and the pot can actually breathe. Sometimes it is glazed to reduce the porosity, but most plant containers are unglazed and in a natural state.