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How To Protect Your Outdoor Pottery From Winter Devastation


Outdoor pottery is a beautiful way to accent your lawn, patio, and deck, but when winter approaches, there are measures to be taken to protect your outdoor pottery from winter damage. Here, you will learn how to prepare your outdoor pottery for the long, harsh winter.

Pottery with Perennials

Any pots that you have planted with perennial vegetation must be cared for specifically. You do not want the roots of the plants to become damaged over the winter, nor do you want the pots themselves to become damaged.

When you have perennial plants within the pots, you must take extra measures to ensure the pot and the soil inside do not get below freezing temperatures.

  • Remove the plant tops by carefully trimming them. Be careful not to disturb the root system under the soil.
  • Cover the top of the pot with mulch, crumpled newspaper, or packing popcorn.
  • Place the pot in a box in your garage, storage shed, or basement and fill the box with crumpled newspaper or insulation. You need to keep the pot protected from the freezing temperatures to be sure that it does not crack.

Note: If you do not have a warm place to store your potted perennials, transplant them into plastic planters and use extra insulation to protect the plants as you pack them away for the winter. This way, you can use the steps below to winterize your pottery and keep it exceptionally safe.

Pottery with Annuals

Before the weather gets too cold, take action to protect your pottery from winter destruction. To winterize your pottery with annuals,

  • Remove all of the plants and roots from the pottery and dispose of them.
  • Dump the soil from the pot into storage buckets or thick garbage bags to reuse next spring.
  • Spray as much of the soil out of the pot as possible.
  • Soak the pot in chlorinated water for a few hours to kill any bacteria that may be left behind.
  • Turn the pot upside-down to allow it to thoroughly dry. Be sure to let the pot dry for several days so that all of the moisture is removed from the porous surfaces.
  • Once the pot is completely dry, fill it with crumpled newspaper and turn it upside down inside a box or bin. Fill the box or bin with insulation or crumpled newspaper to insulate the pot from the outside temperatures.
  • Store the pot in a dry, protected area until spring.

Tip: If you can stack pots inside of other pots, you can decrease the storage space needed. Just be sure to insert a layer of crumpled newspaper between the pots to ensure they do not break as you move them around.

Following these steps will help to protect your plants and pottery from winter damage. If you are unsure of how to winterize a particular type of pot, talk with your local outdoor pottery salesperson, from a place like Bob Williams Nursery Inc., to learn of any specific measures that need to be taken.


21 November 2014