A History of Pots

Close up growing sprout in paper pot on pile of soil

There is something magical and romantic about the humble plant pot. The first known pot vessel is said to have originated 10,000 years ago – that’s some serious lineage! The Egyptians and ancient Greeks were believed to be the first peoples to make their own pots and in 2018 pots have changed and evolved to get to where they are today.


Pots through history

The Egyptians coated their pots to make them non-porous. The coating glaze was made from soda, copper mineral and quartz. The Egyptians even made their own kilns to fire their clay pots.

In comparison, the ancient Greek pots were more ornate.

After medieval times, in the thirteenth century, German potters created stoneware. Stoneware is a naturally non-porous material.

Then, in China, the porcelain pot was invented. These fine porcelain pots were made from plastic and pure clay, called kaolin and mixed with feldspar.

In the sixteenth century, open trade routes from Manila brought Chinese pottery to Acapulco, Mexico, and later into Europe.

Now, planter pots come in a range of textures: from plastics to ceramics, concrete mixes, weaved matter and recycled materials.

That’s quite a journey through history!



With climate change at the forefront of most modern gardener’s minds, plant pots made from sustainable, reusable materials are preferred. The paper pot planter, made in Japan is an innovative and eco-friendly planting tool. The founders of Planter Pot Australia saw this system and brought it to Australia to help not only the hobby backyard gardener but the Australian farmer too.


A planting system

The paper planter system is comprised of the paper pot planter as well as the paper pot transplanter (now trademarked as paper pot transplanter Australia).

Paper pots are shipped flat packed directly to the customer as a compressed honeycomb-like system. This equates to 264 flat cells (30mm wide and 30mm deep). The honeycombs are opened with steel rods and inserted into a frame which is then inserted into the tray.

Using the paper pot transplanter allows you to then evenly distribute and sow your seedlings directly into position.

By using a paper pot planter Australia can rely on the planter to not only save time but labour by eliminating the need to transplant by hand. It’s easy to use and enables you to transplant hundreds of plants in seconds.

If you’d like to continue the use of pots and enjoy your own Paper Pot Planter Australia experience, don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us directly today!

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