Containers forum: how do you make a hole in a pot?

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Frillylily
Apr 17, 2012 2:44 PM CST
I have several pots that do not have drainage holes in them. What is the best way to put holes in them? I bought some window screening to cover the holes so the soil won't wash out the bottom, is that ok to do? Also is it better to put one hole in the bottom or do I put several? Thanks!
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Trish
Apr 17, 2012 3:22 PM CST

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If it is a plastic pot, I use Dave's drill, and drill about 4 smaller holes around the bottom.
If it is ceramic, hopefully someone else will chime in...I only tried it once, and despite using a ceramic drill bit and tape, I still cracked, so I haven't been brave enough to try again.

I do put screen, or coffee filters, or gravel in the bottom of all my pots.
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Frillylily
Apr 17, 2012 3:55 PM CST
I don't know what they are, I am guessing glazed ceramic? They are painted and shiny. lol that's all I know about them!

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Trish
Apr 17, 2012 4:02 PM CST

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Hopefully someone with more talent than I have will chime in, then!
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gingin
Apr 17, 2012 4:07 PM CST
Bill has drilled holes in ceramic pots for me. He uses a ceramic drill bit and as hes drilling I pour a small stream of water in the pot...so far so good Smiling
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Frillylily
Apr 17, 2012 4:11 PM CST
so do you drill from inside the pot, or upside down?

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gingin
Apr 17, 2012 4:19 PM CST
He did it from the inside
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kqcrna
Apr 17, 2012 4:26 PM CST
Yes, the plastic ones are easy to drill. I've never had the nerve to try ceramic.

BUT I think there should be a law against manufacturing flower pots without drainage. Glare

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Dutchlady1
Apr 17, 2012 4:29 PM CST
I agree
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Apr 17, 2012 4:36 PM CST

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I agree I agree
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Frillylily
Apr 17, 2012 4:38 PM CST
well duh, they are kinda worthless...
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Frillylily
Apr 17, 2012 5:00 PM CST
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Birds/This-Flowerpot-Birdhouse...

This is cute.

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springcolor
Apr 17, 2012 5:10 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I agree They are hard to drill and you never know if they will break. I just use the plastic, the others are to heavy. Good luck.
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Trish
Apr 17, 2012 6:05 PM CST

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I stick a nursery pot inside the pretty one, and cover the whole thing with moss. Seems like the prettiest ones don't have the hole!
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ssgardener
Apr 17, 2012 9:35 PM CST
I've drilled holes in a number of terra cotta and glazed containers using a spearpoint drill bit.

They're designed for drilling in ceramics and glass. Thumbs up

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/CLELINE-Glass-And-Tile-Dril...

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tarev
Apr 17, 2012 10:37 PM CST
My hubby has drilled holes on ceramic glazed containers using a ceramic masonry drill bit with a diamond tip. He says when drilling, it is better if possible, to have the container in a vise grip or make sure it does not go wobbly while drilling otherwise it might break. Recently we bought ceramic dipping dish and he drilled it so I can put my new little succulents Big Grin He drills the pot from the outside.

I use either cut out landscape fabric or pre-cut plastic pot mesh from Daiso stores, or pre-cut screen mesh from OSH hardware to cover the holes. If the container is too pretty to drill, I just use it as exterior pot and have a slightly smaller inner pot that has holes where the plant is potted in.

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Trish
Apr 18, 2012 6:36 AM CST

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Hurray! Thanks for all your tips! I just knew someone had been successful *Blush*
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Frillylily
Apr 18, 2012 10:35 AM CST
ok I confess that I am not too creative so I hadn't thought of the pot inside the pot thing. I might try that.

ssgardener thanks for the link, how many holes can you drill with one bit? Hubby thinks the bit will wear out pretty quickly?
Does a pot need a very large hole, or if you have a large pot, will one 1/2 inch hole be enough?

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Samigal
Apr 18, 2012 11:19 AM CST
I gave up on the coffee filters to hold the soil in the pot. They don't last long. DH drills holes in the plastic ones, but I'm not about to let him try ceremic ones. The colorful material they use on bunches of cut flowers seem fairly strong and I'm going using that in the bottom of my pots. I usually have him drill several small holes.
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ssgardener
Apr 19, 2012 7:12 AM CST
Frillylily, if you don't wet the area while drilling, it'll wear out the drill pretty quickly.

What I do it is fill up an old "sports" water bottle (with the flip top) like Poland Spring and squeeze water onto the contact point while I'm drilling.

btw, I'm a big old weakling with no upper body strength, and I found this to be very easy!

Oh, and I didn't purchase the drillbit from that website. That was just to show you what it looks like. I found one at HD pretty easily. Smiling

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