What are ollas?
An olla (pronounced OH-yah) is a handmade terracotta clay pot used as an ancient method of drip irrigation for container gardening or ground applications.
Ollas are buried in the ground or in a planting container up to the neck. When watering your plants, simply fill the olla with water. The water slowly seeps through the unglazed porous clay, directly irrigating roots that will encircle the jar to absorb leaking moisture. Click here to learn more about how to use and care for ollas.
Ollas virtually eliminate the runoff and evaporation common in modern irrigation systems, allowing the plant to absorb nearly 100 percent of water. In places with water conservation ordinances, ollas can help maintain a steady flow of water to plants because they also reduce the frequency of watering.
Ancient agrarian cultures living in or near desert regions have used olla irrigation methods for millennia. Thought to have originated in Northern Africa and brought to the Americas by the conquistadors, research has also found ollas used in China over 4000 years ago.
How ollas are made
Click here to watch Luis create ollas.
Buy our Ollas!
Our ollas are available for purchase in Albuquerque at our main office, 123 Vermont St NE, and The Common Good Consignment and Thrift, 2902 Eubank NE.
If you don't live in the Albuquerque area, click here to purchase ollas online.
Sell our Ollas!
Ask us about wholesale accounts to carry our ollas in your store.