Cretan Terracotta 'Long Tom' Planters NEW 2024

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A pot at long last named after the man behind the business! Jokes and funniness aside, traditionally speaking; A 'Long Tom' is an open pot, crucially taller than it is wide. These were originally designed for deep rooted plants and have been loved by British gardeners for well over 100 years.

All of our clay pots are individually hand-thrown then fired in a kiln over 3 days at temperatures reaching around 1200 Celsius. This intense process results in a versatile clay pot with a durable reputation, making it perfect for indoor and outdoor use.

Although some may worry about these terracotta planters being taller than they are wide, we can assure you that once planted up and filled with a medium, they will be heavy enough not to need worry. Just don't go putting unsuitable trees in smaller pots.

Planting tip for our terracotta planters: Use the same size in multiple numbers to line an area or group three clay pots in descending height to create a neat display. Hand-made and frost hardy to -20°C. Read more about the process below.


1) LOCAL DELIVERY My local delivery option covers all of the surrounding postcodes from Tom's Yard up to approximately 1hr 45mins each way.

At checkout, after typing in your postcode, you will receive a calculated price for my personal delivery service.

All orders in Herefordshire above £295 are free of charge, starting thereafter from £40 working up to £90 to visit towns, cities and villages throughout the surrounding counties.

When I deliver it's a full 'white glove' service, meaning your pots will be placed exactly where you would like them to go. On top of this, I offer timed deliveries; So if you require delivery on a specific date & time (when a gardener is around, for example) this can be achieved.

2) NATIONWIDE PALLET DELIVERY Kerbside pallet delivery is charged at a £50. This covers mainland England & Wales. For Scotland & offshore locations, get in touch for a standard quote.

Your order will arrive on a pallet as a kerbside service. Disposal of waste and moving the goods is your responsibility. This takes 2-3 days in transit and is a weekday 9am - 5pm service. I typically advise for you to allow at least 5 working days to receive your pallet order from first placing it.

Saturday's, AM/PM slots and a faster service are available at a surcharge. This can be arranged with me post-sale.

If you would like to check with regards to what can fit on one pallet, do get in touch. If you tell me your provisional order I will be able to let you know immediately.

Pallet delivery is most popular for single orders or small orders of multiple pots / olive trees than can be grouped together. To discuss the logistics of a substantial order or if you require a more personal service, see below.

If you are not ready to receive your order, I offer 1 month of storage free of charge.

3) PERSONAL COURIER A courier service covering substantial orders and other large items is available and subject to quotation.

You can find more information on that service over on this page

For large orders or multiple items, I much prefer to use a courier. This often works out to be more cost-effective than sending multiple pallets, offers you a more personal service and saves you needing to dispose of the packaging that comes with a pallet service.

To discuss a quotation or the logistics of your delivery before ordering, get in touch.

Care / Frost

At Tom's Yard we choose to import clay pots made from the best materials that are put through extensive firing processes, tried and tested by our Potteries for many years.

All of our clay pots are made to be left outside and enjoyed for 365 days of the year.

With that being said, there are simple steps you should take to ensure the longevity of your pots and also the health of your plants.


If prolonged or sudden, harsh freezing conditions are forecasted, we recommend wrapping your pots in bubble plastic or fleece; this should prevent the earth from freezing solid (and avoid the risk of splitting the pot) and at the same time protect any plants growing in them; a frozen pot will kill off a plant far easier that if it were growing in the ground.

Following the steps below will go a long way to mitigating harmful effects to your plants and will ensure that your pots last for years to come.


Drainage holes are vital if a pot is going outside. If not already in the pot, unless specified, we always drill holes before a pot leaves the Yard. Every so often check that the holes have not become clogged up, otherwise water could be retained within the pot, leading to root-rot, or the risk of damage to the pot during freezing conditions.

Although not always necessary, you can raise your pot off the ground to assist with drainage. Flat stones, tiles, wooden batons, plastic matting or terracotta feet are ideal.


If you are using the pot for planting, put a good layer of gravel and broken crocks at the bottom. This prevents the holes from getting clogged up with soil and aids drainage. Top up with a suitable compost/soil blend depending on the plants.

If the pot is enclosed with a narrow neck we advise that you avoid permanent planting or have a removable plastic pot within the terracotta pot. Otherwise the roots will grow into the ‘belly’ of the pot making the plant extremely difficult to remove.

Even in straight pots, do be aware of garden favourites such as Agapanthus and Phormium. These plants produce very strong roots than can split a pot. It's far better to grab a hori-hori and to split the plant.


Never stand your pot on bare earth. Being porous, the bottom few inches will soak up the moisture, frost playing on permanently wet terracotta may not be in the best long-term interests of the pot. Instead sit it on feet raised on a paving slab or dig a circle lined with metal edging and fill it with gravel.


The beauty of Cretan Pots is that each pot is entirely hand-thrown from clay only found on the island of Crete.

Once fired, due to the unique mineral content, some pots arrive more pale whilst others are more orange.

We recommend that you use each picture as a guide. However, don't get too caught up on colour - it won't take long for your pots to soften & weather as they are exposed to the elements.


Each pot is hand-thrown on a wheel - no easy task! Due to this ancient method of making pots, there are minor variations in exact size and form, so we recommend you use the dimensions above as a guide. We will always do our best to make the best matched pairs/groups for you.

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'We sourced some amazing pots from Tom to house some of our cacti collection to adorn our new design studio space, the pots are just amazing and the service was spot on. I can’t recommend Tom too highly.'
— Adam, Virdis Horticultural