Note: What Are The Cons of Using Terracotta Self-Watering Spikes?

There are some cons when using terracotta self-watering spikes for or . These cons are similar to clay pot ollas. Here is a list of a few of them:

  1. Terracotta clay spikes are brittle and can be easily broken. Especially when dropped.
  2. Pushing the clay spikes into the dry hard ground can cause them to break. Dig a hole and bury them instead.
  3. Wine bottles or 2-liter bottles full of water are quite heavy and can cause clay spikes to break.
  4. Hard water, additives, and fertilizers can clog the pores affecting performance.
  5. If used outside, plastic bottles can be blown away in the wind. Wine bottles can rattle in the wind causing cracking and breakage.
  6. Clear plastic or glass bottles can develop moss inside and can be unsightly. (See: Example of Algae Inside Clear Bottles – Terracotta Watering Spikes)
  7. Soil type is important. perform best in loose potting soil that can wick the water away from the spike. Dense clay soils do not work as well.
  8. Clay watering spikes cannot be left in the ground during cold winter months. They will break when the ground freezes.
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