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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 6, 2012 11:11 AM CST
Recently I bought some large pots. I washed them out and immediately repotted my plants. I didn't notice there were no drainage holes! Stupid me! I never thought to look for them as all pots have drainage holes, don't they? I mean except for the decorative ceramic etc. ones. These are plastic pots. It will be easy to drill holes in them. But really?? Didn't they all have holes in them at one time? Now I have to deal with slight plant rot because of my inattentiveness to this detail. sigh
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dave
Nov 7, 2012 2:33 PM CST

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I agree I never understood pots without holes.
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quietyard
Nov 7, 2012 4:31 PM CST
I am seeing the same things in some pots here Cheryl. Thumbs down
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springcolor
Nov 7, 2012 6:12 PM CST
Yes, I don't get the no hole thing either. I just get my drill out, love to drill holes!! Maybe they think your have the option to make a water garden.( no pun intendend) When I was at a whole sale pot company they said they would drill holes for you. They had displays of pots with waterfalls. Very cool. I always buy plastic pots can't move those heavy things.
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 7, 2012 6:28 PM CST
I just picked up a few small plastic pots today. I decided to cut back the ailing, near rotted cane begonia and get some starts from it in case it doesn't make it through the winter. I inspected the new pots for drainage holes. None? How silly is that?! I suppose the pot companies can knock out more pots in the production line if they skip the hole-drilling.
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gingin
Nov 7, 2012 7:06 PM CST
GRRRRR....I thought all the plastic pots had holes. What a pain. I'll be more watchful now.
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kqcrna
Nov 8, 2012 9:03 AM CST
I agree seems stupid.

Maybe they're meant to be ornamental cachepots, but, even then, drainage holes are nice so you don't have to remove the ugly inside pot for watering. I always drill holes in them too, if they're plastic. And I wouldn't even consider buying a ceramic one with no holes.

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Nov 8, 2012 1:20 PM CST
The ones I bought were regular thin $1 start up plastic pots from Lowe's. You know the kind, nothing fancy, comes in a few colors, in all different sizes. It did have a bottom to them which is a plus but what is it going to catch if there are no holes?? Odd.
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louise
Nov 10, 2012 5:49 PM CST
I've used a hot ice pick to melt holes in plastic pots many times.

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mom2goldens
Nov 11, 2012 3:21 PM CST
Drilling holes in pots seems to be the thing I use our drill the most for. Rarely does it get used for anything around the house, but it does get a workout for the garden chores Hilarious!
Name: Calin
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fixpix
Nov 20, 2012 1:52 AM CST
Well around here, pots used for planting usually have holes. If not, they'd have hole spots where the holes are supposed to be and the material is thinner and easy to break through.
I am not sure if I explain myself. It's like they didn't drill holes all the way. Maybe this way the buyer decides if they want holes or not.
Maybe it's the same over there?
Check the pots, feel them, look inside against the light,holes may be there, but a little "hidden".
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PollyK
Nov 21, 2012 11:01 AM CST
Wow, thanks for the info. I buy hundreds of those plastic ones each year, and I never thought to be sure they already had holes in them. Wonder what they're thinking. Blinking
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woofie
Nov 21, 2012 11:14 AM CST
Nearly all the pots I get don't have holes in them. And like Fixpix I see where the plastic is thinner where you would normally expect holes. Some of the pots are even marked "drill here." It probably is cheaper to make them without the holes; I imagine they'd be easier to get out of the molds that way.
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RainRabbit
Apr 22, 2013 8:00 PM CST
they leave the holes out so you can use them to hide ugly smaller pots inside them . it is for lazy people who don't want to bother with planting the plant in a nicer pot . so they buy a nice pot to drop the nursery pot into . in other words people are using the pots as water catching saucers . the holes are there they just havn't been punched through yet . i did the same thing the other day . i forgot to punch the holes in 2 nice pots i planted . then i watered them . it rained that night and the next morning i found my beautiful flowers drowning in a pool of water . i sat the pot on the edge of our fire pit and held it tight with one hand while i drilled the holes with the other hand and a cordless drill . another way to do it if you forgot is to have someone hold the pot while you gently cut the preformed holes open with a utility knife or a sharp knife with a heated tip . needless to say i ended up with water ll over me but it was worth it to save my plants . Big Grin
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Name: Calin
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fixpix
Apr 23, 2013 12:40 AM CST
How SAD and FUNNY!
I spend a lot of time "drilling" holes to a few bigger pots. I used a nail, heated on the cooking stove...as it's the only was I can make those holes.
And the spots were rather thick... and I cursed the producer!
With other pots it was kinda easy, I used a sharp knife or scissors to cut out the holes.
I really don't understand... with pots that clearly are for plants... why don't they sell them with the holes ???
Name: crystal lupton
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RainRabbit
Apr 23, 2013 2:35 AM CST
lol i bet it would make some great home videos if we were filmed trying to poke the holes after we already planted them full and watered them . Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Calin
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fixpix
Apr 23, 2013 2:44 AM CST
With a warning "Do no try this at home!"
Name: crystal lupton
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RainRabbit
Apr 23, 2013 4:38 AM CST
lol in big red letters . i had mud up past my elbows and my cordless drill was soaked . it was like a balancing act trying to hold it up enough to drill the holes, without pouring my pot of pansy and creeping jenny soup everywhere .my son looked at me like i had lost my mind . he couldn't understand why i didn't just let the water evaporate in the sun . WHAT SUN I ASKED ? darn weather has been crazy here . it will be in the 30's for a few nights then up to the 50's and 60's a few nights with 70 and 80's during the day . then the temps drop back to 40's and 50's in the day and 30's at night . we had frost monday morning , and our frost worries are normally over by the middle of march . oh and rain , it has been a soggy mess since september of last year . i will not complain about the rain because we have been in drought for so long . but at least 2 weeks of constant sun would be nice . all of my spring flowers are confused by it .
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RickCorey
Apr 23, 2013 11:57 AM CST
My favorite plastic-hole-drilling bit is a 1/4" wood spade bit. (The bottom bit in this photo.)

I WISH they made that same triangular, edged tip on 1/8" through 3/8" drills!

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jvdubb
Apr 23, 2013 12:04 PM CST
I got some plastic pots at the dollar store. No holes but they do have two points you can punch out if you want holes. In my opinion not enough drainage though. So I asked my husband to drill more holes. I told him to just do it while they were stacked. He started and the top two just cracked. The look of horror on his face, like he was in trouble. I laughed and laughed! Told him they were just cheapies AND a crack worked for drainage too! He did the rest individually!

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