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ARE YOUR POTS FROST PROOF? This is one of the most regularly asked questions we encounter and the answer can be quite complicated and also very simple. • Nothing can be said to be completely frost proof! • Many items you can buy are to a certain extent Frost Resistant
As you can see, we don't mind leaving our pots outside ! • Most pots, regardless of the materials they are made of, ceramic, metal, stone or otherwise, if filled with water and allowed to freeze are likely to crack! • Ceramic pots can be made of many different types of clay and fired to a variety of temperatures. The firing temperature and the type of clay determine how frost resistant the resulting pot will be. • All pots whatever they are made of, must be cared for ensuring that they are well drained (by keeping the pot slightly off the ground using pot feet or small stones and keeping the drainage holes in the base of the pot free from obstruction.) • The three most common types of clay ( used for garden pots) and their properties are listed below. Pots can also be glazed or unglazed and contrary to popular belief, the glaze is not always relevant when deciding how durable the pot will be over the winter months.   Terracotta pots These are usually various shades of orange in colour, normally unglazed and often the cheapest type of pot you can buy. They are also notoriously the most vulnerable pots in winter. Terracotta clay, when fired to its normal temperature of about 1080 degrees C, is still porous. It is not possible to fire terracotta clay to a point where it becomes totally non porous. Because of this, all untreated terracotta pots are prone to damage from frost. By treating the pot with a sealant, it is possible to prolong the life of these pots by several years. The most common problem with this type of pot is a result of water soaking into the surface of the pot and then freezing. This causes the gradual flaking of the surface and eventual destruction of the pot. It is possible however to have a terracotta coloured pot which through a combination of types of clay, firing duration, initial water content and a good shape is frost proof.(see, Yorkshire Flower Pots) Earthenware Pots These pots are the next step up from terracotta in terms of how high they are fired (normally between 1100 and 1200 degrees C.) These pots can be unglazed but are normally glazed. The temperature they are fired to allows them to be glazed with quite bright colours (that would not be possible on stoneware pots in the next section) the fired pot in its unglazed state is quite a light cream or buff colour. These pots are generally less porous than terracotta and therefore more durable in the winter. The only problem with some of them is that as they can still be slightly porous on the unglazed surfaces (i.e. Inside the pot) the body of the pot may still absorb water and be vulnerable to frost. The glaze on these pots can sometimes blow out or flake off under harsh winter conditions. Again, keeping the pot well drained at all times will help prolong its life.   Stoneware and Saltglaze Pots   These are the highest fired pots you normally find in the garden they can be glazed or unglazed and are fired to around 1280 degrees C. At this point, these types of clay become vitrified. This means that the particles of the clay bond together in such a way that water molecules are too big to be absorbed into the pot. Just as Silica or sand can be heated to form glass, this type of clay can also be fired to form a waterproof material. These types of pot are normally quite dark in colour and even the unglazed pots are waterproof making them the most durable type of ceramic pot for your garden. Other Types of container   Of course not all containers used in the garden are made from ceramics and whether or not a container is frost proof may not always be a relevant question. Many containers are over wintered in a greenhouse or the plants they contain may be annuals which are replaced every year (allowing you to empty the pot for the winter months.) Whatever you choose, at the pot place we try to ensure that all of the containers we sell are of the highest quality and that any precautions you need to take to ensure its survival are explained to you before purchase. Our friendly team are happy to advise you on the suitability of the product for the purpose so please feel free to ask
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