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How to Use a Plant Pot With a Removable Drain Plug

By Sommer Leigh ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.


Things You Will Need

  • Rocks
  • Potting soil


  • Pea gravel may be placed on top of the rocks to increase drainage and prevent soil from escaping from the drainage hole.

About the Author


Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.