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Plastic or Clay

frankie Posts: 845 Forumite
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I have always grown my tomatoes in clay pots, but are these superior to plastic pots or the other way round. 

I need to add more pots so trying to decide whether plastic is OK as they are a lot cheaper.


  • Silvertabby
    Silvertabby Posts: 9,004 Forumite
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    edited 13 March 2022 at 8:31PM
    I grow mine in 10" plastic pots in my greenhouse - but would use clay outdoors.  The extra weight should help stop the plants from being blown over.
  • mumf
    mumf Posts: 603 Forumite
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    Plastic. Clay is old technology.
  • Silvertabby
    Silvertabby Posts: 9,004 Forumite
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    But clay pots look much prettier on a patio.
  • MalMonroe
    MalMonroe Posts: 5,783 Forumite
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    Can you get environmentally friendly plastic ones? I thought the world generally was working towards a plastic free environment.
    Clay pots are much better, all round.  Plastic is just cheap, nasty and dangerous. Unless it's recyclable, of course. 
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    edited 14 March 2022 at 8:10AM
    Yes you can.
    Some garden centres now only supply their pots as recyclable.

    Black plastic plant pots can't be recycled but some of the coloured ones can hence seeing differing colours now, i read this a couple of years ago, it's not new.
    Clay pots can't be recycled either.

    Plastics are being recycled, in their afterlife they're emerging as numerous different things - one such is clothing, many padded jackets and coats are made from recycled plastic.
    My last 2 winter coats were made from it, research it.
  • twopenny
    twopenny Posts: 5,488 Forumite
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    But clay pots are recyclable. They will disintegrate into the soil harmlessly as they are made from natural clay.
    To recycle plastic means more transport, more machinery to recreate them and transport onwards to be sold again.
    Clay, if the old fashioned sort, retains more moisture within the material around the roots but that means not the cheap ones that have a finish on them.
    I managed to get some of the old ones, charity stall and such like.

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