Proper soil drainage helps potted plants remain healthy and grow well. Overly wet soil can suffocate roots, cause rot problems and make plants more prone to disease. Decorative pots don’t always have bottom drainage holes. You can simply drill drainage holes into plastic and wood pots, but solid-bottom clay and concrete planters are easiest to modify using a double-potting method to supply sufficient drainage. By providing good drainage, you can use your favorite pots while ensuring your plants thrive.
- Plants don’t like sitting in wet soil for days on end. It’s the difference between wearing wet socks for a week or having a short, relaxing pedicure
- If you’re working on an unglazed pot, soak overnight to prep. This will help the drill move more smoothly through it.
- Now I only add a tiny bit of water to the ‘self watering’ base to give plant baby the humidity he craves but not enough to touch the interior pot. Remember pedicures, not wet socks.
“Scratch a small ‘starter’ mark where you want the drainage hole with your nail to help the drill bit to stay in place. With your spray bottle in one hand and drill in the other, slowly go at it”