potting plants - Knowledgebase Question

Maineville, Oh
Question by harsnett4
April 5, 2010
WHAT happened to the 24 hour answers? This is my second request!!
What should I use to fill the inside of a very large urn shaped pot before adding the potting soil so that it will drain properly and not allow the inside of the pot to get soft?

Answer from NGA
April 5, 2010


I remember answering your original question so the problem is with the cyberspace gremlins. Sometimes email addresses are incomplete and sometimes mail programs consider our email to be unsolicited. Check your junk or spam box and I think you'll find our response to your question.

Just in case you don't, here's how to fill the empty space in a large container prior to planting: you can set empty milk cartons (with lids) in the bottom of the container to take up space or you can put styrofoam packing peanuts into plastic bags, seal them up and set them in the bottom of the container before filling with potting soil. Sealing the peanuts up will keep them from floating or working their ways up to the surface of the container and will also make them easier to remove if you ever decide to do so. As long as the container has adequate drainage holes in the bottom, excess water will drain out.

If the container has no drainage holes you will need to plant in nursery pots and set them into the container, taking them out when it's time to water and replacing them after the excess water has drained.

Best wishes with your new containers and plants.

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