Drainage Holes in Pots - Knowledgebase Question

Las Cruces, Ne
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Question by jose_a_galle
June 30, 2010
Do pots need drainage holes? I noticed many new fiberglass pots do not have holes. Should I drill holes or just water less? The pots are outside on porch.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
You will need to allow for excess water to drain out of the soil one way or another. You could drill holes (I do not know what the manufacturer of the pots would recommend on that issue!) or you could use plastic nursery pots inside the decorative ones, then lift them out and pour out excess water as needed. Don't let water accumulate on a saucer. The salts in the water are reabsorbed into the soil, harming roots. Definately don't water less!

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