Clay vs Plastic pots - What are the differences?

clay vs plastic growers land

Since plastic pots came into the picture there has been some debate over which pot is better for plants. Clay or plastic?

I have read around a bit and came to the conclusion that the plastic can be as good as clay, but clay will probably be better for your plants. 
If growing outside, definitely clay. Inside, plastic can be just as good.

Biggest differences:
Plastic pot advantage:

  • Cheaper
  • Lighter
  • Keeps moisture longer

Plastic pot disadvantage:

  • Less air circulation 
  • Easy to over water

Clay pot advantage:

  • Breathes easily
  • Controls soil conditions

Clay pot disadvantage:

  • ​Easy to break
  • Heavy

After all, my personal preference is clay. 


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