Get Your Potted Plants off the Ground!: Drilling drainage holes in pots

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Get Your Potted Plants off the Ground!

By Gymgirl
June 28, 2016

Build a simple "Planter Pallet" out of free, recycled, or reclaimed materials, to keep tree roots from invading your potted plants. The pallet also helps your containers drain better, because they aren't sitting flush on the surface! These are great for patio containers, and may be cut into various shapes to suit your fancy!

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dean089
Jul 2, 2016 5:31 AM CST
A lot of patio pots are sold without drainage holes so that the buyer can either use the pot as a jardinière -- putting a functional, non-decorative pot inside -- or drill holes for direct planting. I found that with pots that are going to sit directly on a deck or patio it's best to drill the holes on the side of the pot, 1/2"-1" from the bottom, rather than the bottom of the pot. That way your pot will drain and won't form a seal with the flat surface.
Name: christine
Westland, Mi (Zone 5b)
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cward10134
Jul 2, 2016 5:46 AM CST
I agree Good Idea!

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