substrate container element that optimizes the conditions for a plant to grow. The integration of nature into architecture is becoming increasingly important and, perhaps, the pot is the simplest and most effective way to produce the interaction between man and the plant world. The design and architecture have delved into the improvement of this rudimentary system leading to unexpected limits, that is: an ode to the pot.


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  • 1 History
  • 2 types of pots
    • 1 Indoor pots
    • 2 Outdoor pots
    • 3 Pots for the kitchen
  • 3 Sources


Over the centuries, the use of pots has influenced the history of horticulture , which “flourished” as people acquired the ability to move plants from one environment to another.

The Egyptians were among the first people who used them in this way. The Romans were the first to move the plants indoors in cold weather. During the 1700s, breadfruit seedlings were transported in pots from Haiti to the West Indies and the geraniums made the trip from Africa to North America . The orchids and African violets also went to great lengths in such containers.

Types of pots

Indoor pots

For apartments, entirely of mud, called Mendoza . It is a handmade pot, the result of a centuries-old pottery tradition and when it ages it changes its tone slightly. This type of pot tends to turn white and adopts a dull appearance. However, there is a technique to solve this problem. For this, the pot is immersed for half an hour in water with vinegar, the acetate makes it recover its color. Once dry it can be varnished on the outside. If done inside and out, a “thermo” effect is achieved, which protects from extreme heat and cold.

This type of pot can be found in two varieties: patinadas , which through a special process of vitrification in ovens at high temperatures manage to acquire a particular brightness. And another more rustic and sober, opaque natural cooked clay.

An alternative to clay is the imitation cement pot Mendoza.

Outdoor pots

To place outdoors in a garden or balcony you can use those made of clay, but those of fiber cement that can be found in a wide range of colors and shapes are more recommended .

For an old Spanish style setting are the fiber cement jars . On the other hand for a Mexican or American type is the pot of cement type pots.

Pots for the kitchen

A set of objects has been created that make vegetation interact with objects in the kitchen. The most ingenious is perhaps a container to dry the cutlery, the water they deposit serves to irrigate plants that grow when used to cook.

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