Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

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samtobuk
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Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by samtobuk » Sun Mar 23, 2014 10:49 pm

Bought a nice ceramic pot on the cheap from Homebase last week, and it has a 'shelf' or lip built into it about halfway down on the inside. What is it for? Am a little concerned that if I put a nice palm in there and the root ball works it's way down and fills the lower section of the pot, that it'll never come out! :?:

Pot flares out towards the top if that helps. Sure the lip has a function .... but beats me! :><:

Blairs

Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by Blairs » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:22 pm

Have seen such pots, I do not have a 'right answer', but assume is that it is designed for you to fill the bottom part with light weight material and the top with soil and plants. Having a shelf would help you to remove annuals and plants easily.

fieldfest

Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by fieldfest » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:57 pm

like this?
US1971075-0.png
its for stacking

Deedee

Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by Deedee » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:14 pm

stupid question but is there drainage holes? If not maybe its for a small water garden..

Blairs

Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by Blairs » Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:35 pm

Stacking sounds very plausible. Ones that I have seen the internal shelf was about 5cm thick all the way round, so left a large space for planting in the middle.

Birmingham Chris

Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by Birmingham Chris » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:10 pm

I had always assumed it was for strength or so that you could put another potted plant inside it for aesthetics......It would add strength though, especially to that shaped pot.

samtobuk
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Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by samtobuk » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:34 pm

Yes, it has drainage and yes the shelf is about 5cm deep. Bit strange to put a pot within a pot if that is the case?!

Birmingham Chris

Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by Birmingham Chris » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:42 pm

sorry - meant that you could put a smaller, crappy plastic pot in it to look better or a houseplant out for the summer.

Not sure about stacking - manufacturers need to make the most of the space and therefore cost of transporting goods - there is a lot of wasted space and, it follows, money, if you are transporting like this.

fieldfest

Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by fieldfest » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:47 pm

you can read the patent here, all explained

http://www.google.com/patents/US1971075

Birmingham Chris

Re: Ceramic pots with a 'shelf'

Post by Birmingham Chris » Tue Mar 25, 2014 4:51 pm

blimey! sorry FF - didn't mean to just dismiss it, just seemed an odd idea (still does a bit!)

I have a superb idea for an absolutely slug-proof pot if anyone wants to contact me with money and some business know-how!......I'm serious: it's foolproof, as all simple ideas are! when I win the lottery I'll do it myself and you'll regret it! :wink:

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