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container drainage holes
    #662676 - 03/17/13 06:30 PM (3 years, 8 months ago)



I've got these 2.5 gallon containers and they have 4 openings on the bottom about 1" squared. Are these holes to big? Will I be losing a lot of soil over time?

I'm thinking about plugging them up some how and drilling a bunch of small holes into the bottom. What do you guys think?  :shrug:


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Re: container drainage holes [Re: Hime]
    #662679 - 03/17/13 07:37 PM (3 years, 8 months ago)

Those will be just fine.  The roots will grow into the soil and hold it into place.


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Re: container drainage holes [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #662697 - 03/17/13 10:49 PM (3 years, 8 months ago)

Thank you, they are holding nicely.


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Re: container drainage holes [Re: Hime]
    #662703 - 03/18/13 01:48 AM (3 years, 8 months ago)

I read once putting newspaper at the bottom is porous enough to keep up your drainage but keeps the soil in


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Re: container drainage holes [Re: PoloDown]
    #662707 - 03/18/13 07:02 AM (3 years, 8 months ago)

And then starts decomposing, wouldn't recommend it.


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Re: container drainage holes [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #662708 - 03/18/13 07:03 AM (3 years, 8 months ago)

If you are going to put something in the bottom I would recommend hydroton, aka expanded clay.


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Re: container drainage holes [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #662721 - 03/18/13 09:14 AM (3 years, 8 months ago)

Ive used window screen or that lawn fabric they use as a weed barrier. I bought a roll and it sucks the way its meant to be used as a weed barrier  so i used it to line the bottom of some 30 gal containers that have those same large square holes.

It helps a bit, but its not really necessary and on a small container like OPs probably not worth it.

The containers i do this too are usually palm trees that will not be transplanted again.

Bonsai growers also use a wire mesh. Sometimes these are built into a specific bonsai pot with one very large hole in the center. They use the screen to support the plant in the tiny little dish, but it also does a great job of preventing soil wash out. Depending on the material used though it might rust so watch out for that.


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Re: container drainage holes [Re: SmokeSomeHash]
    #662725 - 03/18/13 09:41 AM (3 years, 8 months ago)

And that's why I would prefer expanded clay, aka hydroton.  It's inert, and also helps to make sure that proper drainage is achieved.


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Re: container drainage holes [Re: Hawksresurrection]
    #664236 - 03/30/13 03:01 PM (3 years, 8 months ago)

large perlite works too, it also can be mixed with dirt to fluff it up


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