Article: Preparing Clay Pots for Winter Weather: cracked pots

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By Janet on September 18, 2010

One of the advantages of living here in California is year-round gardening. But in my area we still have occasional temperatures down to 18 degrees Farenheit, and several months of below-freezing temperatures at night. Many of my large planters contain perennials that need to stay in place year-round, and I've had to figure out ways to help both plants and pots survive winter conditions. Some of the things I've learned may help you, too!

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glevely
Oct 13, 2010 5:19 PM CST
Name: Gloria Levely
Sanford Mi.
I have a huge pot it was used as a water fountain it was saved from the garbage truck pick up is there any was to fix it ?? it has a large crack in it Sad
Gloria
Imageimapigeon
Oct 13, 2010 5:40 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Hi Gloria:

Is the pot glazed, or unglazed? It can probably be glued, but if you could attach a photo and provide some more details it might help me figure out what kind of glue to recommend.

Janet
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glevely
Oct 14, 2010 4:25 AM CST
Name: Gloria Levely
Sanford Mi.
its glazed I'll try to get pic soon I'm getting ready for an outdoor wedding this week end
Gloria
Imageimapigeon
Oct 14, 2010 9:35 AM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Hope the weather is beautiful and that all your plants are on their best behavior!
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glevely
Oct 14, 2010 5:39 PM CST
Name: Gloria Levely
Sanford Mi.
thank you just pray it dosent rain !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blinking Blinking
Gloria
Imageimapigeon
Oct 14, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
Fingers crossed! (makes it difficult to type.....)
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glevely
Apr 15, 2011 4:55 PM CST
Name: Gloria Levely
Sanford Mi.
Spring is here so now I will see if I can fix the BIG Planter
Its red clay and glazed it has black stuff and I think Fiberglass on the inside any Ideas ?? its a large crack not wide just long looks like a hair line on the outside
Gloria
Imageimapigeon
Apr 15, 2011 5:49 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
I think your best bet would be to flow some liquid SuperGlue into the crack from the inside. Have some of that heavy strapping tape ready. As soon as the glue is in, put several pieces of tape at least 12" long on the outside, with the crack at the center of each piece of tape. Then leave it alone for 24 hours and see what happens!

Another way cracked pots are sometimes made useable is to just wrap some strands of wire around them, twist them tight and leave it. But I'd try the SuperGlue first.
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glevely
Apr 15, 2011 6:17 PM CST
Name: Gloria Levely
Sanford Mi.
I'll try any thing at this point !1 its a very Victorian looking pot and Huge I love it but you cant see the crack from the inside because of the black stuff inside
do you think it would work if I put the glue on the out side ??
Imageimapigeon
Apr 15, 2011 6:32 PM CST
Name: Janet
Gilroy, CA
If the crack is larger on the outside, yes put it on the outside. It'll probably show some, but what the heck. Put the tape on the inside, or it may be harder to get off if it gets glued on.
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