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Tips on Terracotta planters with Faizal, K.L.E.I

tips on terracotta planters with k.l.e.i

One look at these hand-crafted terracotta planters from K.L.E.I in Indonesia and you know why they are so popular. These beautifully designed planters are gaining in popularity for their contemporary look and skillfully created smooth terracotta polish. Any plant potted in this planter looks stylish and chic.

Here’s a tip on terracotta planters if you do not already know. It will not only absorb the extra water from your plants, but also let them breathe through its porous walls. A well-ventilated set of roots means a healthier plant and a plant less likely to develop root rots.

We have a chat with Faizal from K.L.E.I about his terracotta planters and he offers us some great tips on terracotta planters.

Tell us about yourself.
Hello, my name is Faizal and I’m from Jakarta, Indonesia. I used to be a full-time event organiser but now I’m a full-time entrepreneur while still doing event organising part time.

Can you tell us how you got started with terracotta?
It started with my plants. I really enjoy the terracotta look in my garden plus their benefits for the plants. So, I decided to try to produce my own terracotta pots so my planters will be different from others in the market. And events were not allowed when the pandemic hit us. I tried to make it a business and it worked. I guess it’s like a blessing in disguise . (smiles)

klei terracotta planter DANUM Y

What does K.L.E.I mean?
K.L.E.I means clay in Dutch. Since Indonesia has been under the Dutch influence for a very long time and we have some Indonesian words inspired by the Dutch language, the word K.L.E.I really fits. And I like the idea of how the word K.L.E.I has the same pronunciation with Clay. 

What inspiration do you draw from to create the planters and products for K.L.E.I?
It will probably be like old meets new. Klei wanted to give traditional earthenware a modern yet still classic design so it can embellish not just your garden but also your home.

What is the type of clay used in terracotta planters?
We used clay that are collected from Sukabumi, West Java, in Indonesia and ivory clay for our white planters. 

In my opinion a good terracotta planter comes from a good drying and baking process. When it’s dried and baked properly, it will have a ‘ting’ sound when you tap it with your finger nail. It means it’s solid. And also, I like a smooth terracotta finish.

Faizal on a good terracotta planter

Could you tell us a little more about this clay and how it is good for Terracotta?
The clay from Sukabumi, West Java is a good quality clay with little amount of impurities. With this type of clay with minimum impurities, it can produce a smoother terracotta. Also, ivory clay has a soft and silky texture that contributes also to a smooth final product.

K.L.E.I HANJAK terracotta planter
picture of Alocasia sitting beautifully in a K.L.E.I HANJAK terracotta planter

What plants at home do you have growing in your terracotta planters?
My favourite plants are Monstera and Philodendrons. Majority of my plants at home grow in terracotta planters. But some types of plants that needs more moisture like Caladiums for example, will need more watering. Just adjust the watering for types of plants that likes more moisture because terracotta is porous and absorbs the moisture from the soil.

What do you love most about terracotta planters?
I love terracotta for the benefits it can give to the plant. It is porous and breathes so the soil won’t stay soggy and root rot can be prevented. And of course, for the aesthetic look it gives.

How can we take care of terracotta planters?
Terracotta planters develops white residues minerals built up from the water in the soil. It is in their nature. This also develops algae because terracotta absorbs the moisture. Some don’t like the look of it. But you can actually clean your terracotta planters with diluted bleach / vinegar solution (Mix 1 cup of vinegar to 3 cups of water). Just let it soak for a while then scrub and raise thoroughly with water. But for me personally, I don’t mind if my terracotta planters develop white residues. It’s harmless to the plants and it just adds a rustic old look and more character to the planter. Also, most importantly, be careful not to break your terracotta planter (smiles)

Do we need to do anything before using the terracotta planters when potting up a plant?
For me personally, I’ll just pot up a plant straight to terracotta planter. But if it’s a used one, you can flush it with water and scrub it clean of the soil residue from the previous plant.

Share your Top 3 tips on Terracotta Planters.

1. Know your plants. Majority of plants can live in terracotta planters, but some plants need more moisture and may thrive better in a non-porous planters. 

2. If you still love the terracotta appearance but have plants that love more moisture on their soil, or you don’t fancy terracotta planters looks when they develop white residues or algae build-up, you can pot your plant in a plastic pot first and use the terracotta planter as a pot cover.

3. Be careful with your terracotta planters. Although they are good for the plants, they have a downside. Terracotta planters can break easier. So just be careful and keep that in mind.

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