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.
Remove the plug from the pot and store it for future use.
Rinse the pot to clean any dirt or chemicals from the pot.
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.
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.
Make a hole in the middle of the soil large enough to accommodate the root of your plant.
Place the roots of the plant in the hole. Pack soil around the plant.
Water the plant until well saturated.
Plant Pot With A Removable Drain Plug
Pull the drain plug from the pot to grow most kinds of plants. Place, if desired, a mesh screen or coffee filter in the pot so the material is over the drainage hole. The mesh screen or coffee filter prevents soil from seeping out the drainage hole. Afterward, your plugged plant pot is ready to be placed in a water garden. Keep the drain plug in the drainage hole if you want to use the plant pot for artificial plants. For example, a large, plugged plant pot can be used to hold umbrellas in a foyer without fear of water dripping from the umbrellas and out the pot's bottom.
Pea gravel may be placed on top of the rocks to increase drainage and prevent soil from escaping from the drainage hole.
- Pea gravel may be placed on top of the rocks to increase drainage and prevent soil from escaping from the drainage hole.
- Potting soil
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