The Q&A Archives: what do i do to plant a tree in a fiberglass pot with no holes?

Question: We just came home with a 19-inch fiberglass pot with no holes, and we want to plant our ilex trees in these pots. What should we do? Use gravel? Should we try to drill holes? We are afraid that drilling will cause the fiberglass to weaken and crack (we already saw pots at home depot that were cracked).

What kind of gravel do you recommend if gravel is the best route?

Thanks for your help.

Answer: The very best route is to plant your hollies in clay or plastic pots with adequate drainage holes in them and sink those pots into your decorative fiberglass pots. You can fill the bottoms of the fiberglass pots with styrofoam peanuts, or other material and set the utilitarian pots on top, then camouflage the tops with spaghnum moss. This way your hollies will have healthy root systems and you can show them off in your decorative fiberglass containers. When it's time to water your plants, just pull them out of the fiberglass, water as needed and after the excess water drains, set them back into the fiberglass pots.

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