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Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Apr 22, 2016 6:19 PM CST
There is a hole in this pot, way too near the top to ignore. I had to hold a finger over it today to make sure I got the water to the root level. Is there a way to fill or cover it or something? Maybe without unplanting it? TIA for any help you can give.


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freezengirl
Apr 22, 2016 6:50 PM CST
I don't know if there is a way to plug it permanently but for a quick and dirty try at plugging it, I would use duct tape to roll into a plug as tight as I could make it. Then cover it with a flat piece on the inside and outside of the pot. You could always use colored paint of some sort to dab onto the surface patch to make it blend in. There is all kinds of sculpy type clay's that might work but I would be more concerned about chemicals from the plug material leaching through to the soil.
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Apr 22, 2016 7:48 PM CST
Carol, how large of hole is it, actually? Is it above the soil surface?
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Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
Apr 22, 2016 8:41 PM CST
Its probably about 1/8" and almost at the top of the soil surface. Neat little stream of water just pours out.
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Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Apr 22, 2016 8:43 PM CST
Clarification: its like a very neat hole, like a perfect puncture, not like its been torn or something.
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Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Apr 22, 2016 8:52 PM CST
From the inside, use a glue for plastics, spread it around the hole, and apply a strip of heavy tape like Gorilla Tape. It seals really well and is waterproof.
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porkpal
Apr 22, 2016 8:54 PM CST
How much do you care about appearance? A dab of calk - or even chewing gum - would stop the leak.
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Apr 22, 2016 8:57 PM CST
You could fill the hole with a waterproof silicone like you would use for repairing a fish tank.
Name: Carol Roberts
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CarolHB
Apr 22, 2016 9:04 PM CST
Wow, look at all the options. Since I already have chewing gum an duct tape I'll try that one first. (I'm in the poverty part of the monthly economic cycle.) Then next week when I have money again I'll try the other in turn if simple doesn't work. How's that for a plan. Should probably duct tape both inside and out, right?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Apr 23, 2016 10:47 AM CST
Yep, I was going to recommend bathtub caulk, or if it was a bigger hole, there is spray-on waterproof foam for fixing leaks in fish ponds that is non-toxic and can even be applied to wet surfaces.

Both are going to cost more than chewing gum or duct tape. I'd definitely try that first.
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Name: Carol Roberts
Huntington Beach, CA (Zone 10b)
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CarolHB
Apr 23, 2016 11:29 AM CST
I just found a tip in a Fine Gardening book. Plumber's putty and tape. They recommend using that to seal holes in containers to be used in water gardens. Got the tape... gotta get the putty. Maybe if I just go to the little Ace Hardware store I can buy only the putty. I love hardware stores.
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