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Jun 9, 2020 4:54 AM CST
Gloucestershire, UK
I have a pot with a hole or two sitting on a saucer but I found at the gardening centre that there also are pot feet. Which is best?

I have asked a member of staff at the garden centre for some advice, she said pot feet are better than a saucer so the water can drain away easily. So go for the pot feet. But.... my Mum said the other way round cos you don't want soil running through the hole while draining the water and you have mud all over the place - forget feet, use saucer.

Now I'm in a dilemma - I'd like your advice please? Which should I go for? Is it all depends where I put it, gravel for example or on a patio plus which plants.

I have found that although pots at the bottom with a hole is completely flat sits on a saucer, there aren't any gaps between them to see if they are draining water properly. The same staff at the garden centre agreed with me so that's why she said go for the feet.

Then again Mum said, some plants don't like a lot of water over their leafy plants so they prefer from the bottom, like a saucer if it's not on the beds - so the roots can absorb the water from the saucer.

I hope I am clear. I hope you can advise me with this as I'm thinking of sending either saucers or pot feet back to the garden centre to get a refund.
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Jun 9, 2020 5:35 AM CST
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No saucer. Once the pot is filled with soil it does not really leak out of the pot. The saucer may hold water by either filling with water after you water, or it can hold rain water. This can effect the watering regime for your plants.
Everything will drain better with feet on the bottom.
Saucers can be very helpful indoors to protect floors and carpeting. Outdoors not so much.
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Jun 9, 2020 5:41 AM CST
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BigBill said:No saucer. Once the pot is filled with soil it does not really leak out of the pot. The saucer may hold water by either filling with water after you water, or it can hold rain water. This can effect the watering regime for your plants.
Everything will drain better with feet on the bottom.
Saucers can be very helpful indoors to protect floors and carpeting. Outdoors not so much.


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Jun 9, 2020 5:44 AM CST
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Ditto to what Bill said, I sometimes use a coffee filter to help with soil leaking out the bottom of my pots. I love my pot feet Lovey dubby
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Jun 9, 2020 5:51 AM CST
Gloucestershire, UK
That's brilliant!!! Thanks for your help and I like the sound of that Christine re: coffee filter, excellent tip! Smiling
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