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New pots for a new year

When the Christmas tree has come down, the decorations are stored away, and all the cards taken down from the mantle piece, home can feel a little bare. If you're anything like us, that means you look to the trusty house plant to fill the gaps, and bring some newness into your abode. Air purifying and mood lifting, having greenery indoors can lend a hand in creating a peaceful atmosphere, especially after one of the busiest seasons of the year. Starting the year mindfully is important to many, and plants can really help offer a sense of calm. 
We often take what nature does for us for granted, and houseplants are no exception. We all learnt about photosynthesis at school, but rarely do we think of the effect that it has on our daily lives, and our quality of life. If you live in London you'll know that the air here is heavily polluted and we live in close proximity to lots of other households, and it's through photosynthesis that plants help us out. As we breathe in Oxygen and breathe out Carbon Dioxide, plants do the opposite, which means we co-exist very well indeed. The bigger the plant, the better it'll be at helping you to breathe well, as it'll be taking in more of your waste and giving you back more of what you need. One of our favourites, and one of the easiest plants to care for, is the Sanseveria, which is even proven to fight toxins in the air. They're also known as the Snake plant, or Mother-in-Law's Tongue, but don't let that fool you, they're very friendly indeed. 
Now, let's get to the point. Our house plants do so much for us, and let's be honest, we're the ones polluting at a rate of knots, so what can we do for them in return? That's where pots come in, and what better a vessel for your valued plant, than a Bergs Potter pot. 
In a dreary post-war Denmark, Victor Berg had a desire to bring happiness and joviality back to the streets of Copenhagen. In 1942 he inherited a ceramics shop, and when he had the bright idea to bring flowers into his store, he truly did bring happiness to his customers. His one shop soon became two, and then more followed, as well as some new family members too, in his children Steffen and Christine. They took to the business like ducks to water and took over from their father, both of them sharing the passion for flowers, ceramics and design. Bergs has been in the Berg family since its inception, and a short while ago, the family decided to move manufacturing to Italy, where they had fallen in love with the handmade terracotta of Tuscany. 
Every Bergs pot is made by hand near Lucca, and in some pots, like the Hoff, you can even see the finger prints of the artisan that's created it. At hortus, we love their raw terracotta pots, as they embody the spirit of the family-run brand, and they are so good for your plants. With an unsealed (not glazed) terracotta body, a drainage hole underneath, and a matching saucer for each pot, these are perfect for you to pot your plant directly into, rather than keeping it in its nursery pot (the plastic pot you buy your plants in). The roots of your plant will breathe as they should, as air can still permeate the ever-so-slightly porous clay. Why is that important? If you consider a plant in its natural habitat, surrounded by earth, with an eventual connection to the surface, housing in a terracotta (literally translated as 'cooked earth') pot, will be as close as your plant will get to its former home. 
So, this year, we urge you to take time to consider how much your plants do for you, how much they help us in more ways than we realise, and think about how you can help your indoor jungle to thrive. A pot that prioritises your plant's longevity isn't the only way you can do this, but it's definitely a start. 



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