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How to Seal Terracotta Pots

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Overview

Porous by nature, terracotta pots should be sealed on the inside. This will help retain moisture so plants growing in them will not require watering as often as those in non-sealed pots. If you're constructing a garden fountain using terracotta pots, seal their interiors with three or four coats of good quality, exterior-grade, oil-based polyurethane.

Step 1

Rinse the inside of the pots to remove any dust or residue. If the pots have been used previously, wash them in soapy water and scrub the insides with a stiff wire brush. Rinse well to remove all soap residue. Set them upside down on a rack and allow to dry for two to four hours.

Step 2

Paint the inside of the pots with the polyurethane or terracotta pot sealer, using a sponge-type paint brush. Completely cover the interior.

Step 3

Set the pots, right side up, on a shelf or rack to allow the sealer to dry. The time will vary with the sealer used, but should take approximately two to three hours.

Step 4

Apply one or two more coats, allowing ample drying time between coats.

Tips and Warnings

  • Because of the potential for lung injury from fumes, use oil-based polyurethane only in a well-ventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • Stiff wire brush
  • Sponge-type paintbrush
  • Oil- or water-based exterior polyurethane or Terracotta pot sealer

References

  • Crafters Love Crafts: Clay Pot Craft Ideas
  • Ben Franklin Crafts: Clay Pot Preparation
Keywords: seal terracotta pots, plant in terracotta, grow potted plants

About this Author

Sharon Sweeny has a college degree in general studies and worked as an administrative and legal assistant for 20 years before becoming a freelance writer in 2008. She specializes in writing about home improvement, self-sufficient lifestyles and gardening.