G'day Jason, I have been planting in terracotta pots for the last 10-15 years. Buy them new from a nursery and give them a few days soaking as a safety measure I also add in some prime and melafix, just for stamps.
"Years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
When folks tell me they have L cats with African cichlids, I just remind them that they could live in a port-a-loo, but they would not be happy. Capisce?