The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Tools, Equipment and Buildings
Chapter: Chapter 4: Utensils (Pots, Cases, Cans, Fumigators)

Flower pots

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1830. Of flower-pots there are several species and many varieties. The common flower-pot is a cylindrical tapering vessel of burnt clay, with a perforated bottom, and of which there are eleven British sorts, distinguished by their sizes, thus: the. Common flower-pots are sold by the cast, and the price is generally the same for all the eleven sorts; two pots or a cast of No. 1, costing the same price as eighty pots, or a cast of No. 11. The store-pot is a broad flat-bottomed pot, used for striking cuttings, or raising seedlings. The pot for bulbous roots is narrower and deeper than usual. The pot for aquatics should have no holes in the bottom or sides. The pot for marsh-plants should have three or four small holes in the sides about one third of the depth from its bottom. This third being filled with gravel, and the remainder with soil, a successful imitation of a marsh will be produced. The stoneware pot may be of any of the above shapes; but, being made of clay, mixed with powdered stone of a certain quality, it is much more durable. The glazed pot is chiefly used for ornament: pots of this description are generally glazed green, but, for superior occasions, are sculptured and painted, or incrusted, &c.