How to Use a Plant Pot With a Removable Drain Plug


Plant pots come in a wide range of colors, styles and drainage options. While some pots contain no drainage holes, others contain many holes or just one hole on the bottom. Another option is the removable drain plug. Removable drain plugs give you the option of drainage if needed, but it can also be sealed to contain any materials in the pot. If you using the drain, it is necessary to take some extra steps to contain any potting material inside the pot.

Step 1

Remove the plug from the pot and store it for future use.

Step 2

Rinse the pot to clean any dirt or chemicals from the pot.

Step 3

Place a layer of rocks sized about 2 inches in diameter into the bottom of the pot. Keep the drainage hole clear. Place a triangle of rocks around the drainage hole.

Step 4

Pour a loose layer of potting soil into the pot on top of the rocks up to 2 inches from the top of the pot.

Step 5

Make a hole in the middle of the soil large enough to accommodate the root of your plant.

Step 6

Place the roots of the plant in the hole. Pack soil around the plant.

Step 7

Water the plant until well saturated.

Things You'll Need

  • Rocks
  • Potting soil


  • The University of Georgia Extension: Growing Indoor Plants
  • Purdue Extension: Container and Raised Bed Gardening
Keywords: plant pot, drain plug, container gardening

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Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.