How to Repair Terracotta Pots

Updated February 21, 2017

Terracotta pots are popular fixtures in gardens, on patios and in backyards. Terracotta, which literally means baked earth, is used in glazed and unglazed forms to create pots, tile and statuary. Terracotta, or terra cotta, typically holds up over time, but it can suffer from cracks. Most pots, depending on the crack, can be repaired.

Use dish detergent to clean your pot, making sure to remove all dirt. Allow pots to dry thoroughly.

Fill the crack with waterproof caulking. Use a thin, pointed nozzle to get caulk into small spaces. Be sure the crack is filled completely.

Push the crack together and use a damp rag to wipe down any excess caulking. Wrap the pot tightly with rope so that the crack closes and the pot is held together.

Allow caulk to dry. Drying times differ, by it could take up to 24 hours depending on the brand and environmental conditions. Remove the rope and fill the pot as you choose.


If excessive caulk is visible after drying, try removing it with a damp cloth. Some caulk products can be lightly sanded to further conceal the material. It is also possible to paint over the crack once it has been repaired. Use spackle putty to fill chips. Shape the spackle with a wet cloth. Spackle, like caulk, can be sanded and painted.

Things You'll Need

  • Waterproof caulking
  • Thin nozzle dispenser
  • Rope
  • Clean cloth
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Amy Davidson is a graduate from the University of Florida in Gainesville, with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She also writes for local papers around Gainesville doing articles on local events and news.