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Extra large terracotta pots

Help ! I need an extra large 80cm dia by 50cm high terracotta pot for my olive tree. 
Seriously mad money at all the usual websites - any ideas anyone ? Happy to buy pre loved. 
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  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,052
    Welcome. Try Ebay and look for collections close to where you live. There are good bargains to be had.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,605
    Welcome to the forum.
    Might a half barrel work?
    Devon.
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 726
    Try freecycle or any other recycling website, it’s amazing what you can find that someone else no longer needs but would be great for you.
  • ElferElfer Posts: 329
    No idea about price but worth a try

    https://www.thompsonsgardenemporium.co.uk/terracotta/

  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,217
    IKEA sell lovely terracotta pots. Not sure if they are as big as you need. They come with very deep saucers too. I use my saucers as a bee drinking station. 
  • If u do get any put a brick in the bottom so it doesn't tip over in the wind!!
  • brackenbracken South West EnglandPosts: 91
    Try your local auction house.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,608
    edited May 2021
    This question does get asked periodically so use the search function for discussions such as this

    https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1041197/terracotta-pots/p1

    Unfortunately I think you’ll have to steel yourself for disappointment. Lots of suppliers are out of stock (Brexit, Covid, port delays, lack of container availability, rise in gardening’s popularity), especially in large sizes.

    I like the IKEA pots but believe the largest they do is 35 cm. I also keep an eye on our Freecycle sites and auction houses and virtually never see large terracotta pots listed - though reconstituted stone is quite common. Architectural antiques suppliers like Thompsons and Rutland Garden Classics near us know full well the value, and scarcity, of large terracotta pots so there are no bargains to be had there. Your best bet is likely to be ‘collection in person only’ on eBay.

    The one bright spot is to ask if you really need such a large pot. In local garden centres, including one in Oundle that specialises in olives, I am surprised at the modest size of pots compared to the bulk of the tree. Wide, shallow pots are favoured.
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy North London Posts: 4,987
    RHS Wisley had some large pots on a 2 for the price of 1 deal. Not sure if they would be what you need but worth a look on line.
    AB Still learning

  • debs64debs64 West Midlands, on the edge of the Black Country Posts: 4,217
    I would definitely consider a half barrel. You could pick one up for about £20
    and it would certainly be big enough. 
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