A McCoy Pottery Harmony planter circa 1961 with a glossy smooth green and white striated glaze pattern on a gently curving form with pedestal base. The planter measures 12" long, 3 1/4" wide, and 5" tall. The bottom is impressed with "McCoy USA." The condition is pristine, with no evidence of use.
McCoy Pottery was established in 1848 as the J.W. McCoy Stoneware Company and in 1910, was reestablished as the Nelson McCoy Sanitary Stoneware Company in Roseville, Ohio. After two decades producing utilitarian stoneware as member of a collective of potteries known as the American Clay Products Company, the Nelson McCoy Pottery was created in 1933 to supply the growing demand for decorative housewares. After operating for nearly 60 years as a family firm, McCoy was sold and over the next 35 years, was sold several more times and finally ceased operations permanently in 1990.
A drainage hole in a planter is always ideal because it allows for any extra water to seep out of the bottom, which in turn helps keep the plant and its roots healthy. If a planter doesn't have a drainage hole, we recommend treating your planter more like a cachepot by employing the double potting technique. Place your plant into a smaller pot with drainage hole(s) and then place the pot inside of your decorative planter. You can even line the bottom of the decorative planter with some gravel, which catches the extra water from the drainage holes and creates humidity which plants like.
If you choose to plant directly into the planter, between watering wait until the soil is dry to the touch. Then, try to moisten the soil from the top to the bottom. The goal is maintaining a moisture balance to the soil so the plant isn't always needing water, which will lead to wilting, or watering too much which will asphyxiate then rot the roots, which will lead to the eventual death of the plant. To that end, don't use a watering can. Instead, use a spoon and add a spoonful or two of water and check the soil in a couple of hours. If the soil is still dry to the touch, add a couple more spoonfuls and so on until the soil is lightly moist to the touch.