August 21, 2009, Newsletter Issue #306: Watch for drainage holes

Tip of the Week

Most all plant containers will have drainage holes in the bottom. For ´regular´ pots, you´ll want to buy the saucer to set them in (if not attached). But, I´ve found some great ´buys´ on containers that had no drainage hole. I make them: set an ice-pick on electric burner (or gas flame) on your stove, just long enough to heat it, then slowly puncture (pressure)from inside the container in the bottom (at least 3 - 4 punctures, depending on size of container). Before adding soil, place a shard (piece of broken clay pot or saucer) over the drainage - or even small rocks, this will keep the soil from draining out with the water. NOTE: my ice-pick has a wooden handle; be careful not to burn your hand when using the heated pick. ALWAYS have drainage in your containers to avoid root-rot and for healthier growth!

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