Asked on Apr 29, 2017

What can I use in the bottom of large outdoor pots for drainage and al

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What can I use in the bottom of large outdoor pots for drainage and also to keep the pots from getting too heavy?
12 answers
  • Ren11403943
    on Apr 29, 2017

    I have used plastic water bottle, cut up styro foam, and even aluminum cans.
  • Mlw3214063
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Empty water or soda bottles if large container or in smaller pots use packing peanuts, avoid the biodegradable variety,
  • Susan Goodman
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Packing peanuts
  • Yvonne
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Put empty plastic wat bottles in the bottom then put in you potting soil. The water bottles take up a lot of room without the weight
  • Lko21299067
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Empty pop cans, milk jugs, water bottles etc., they work very well and won't be heavy.
  • Hb
    on Apr 29, 2017

    broken styrofoam pieces
  • Morgan
    on Apr 29, 2017

    If you're growing ornamental plants, the plastic and packing peanuts are ok, but I would not trust them if you're growing things like kitchen herbs, tomatoes and other container edibles as they can still leach petrochemicals into the food.
  • Theresa Burns
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Ping pong balls are safe to use and are practically weightless.
  • Elaine
    on Apr 29, 2017

    I use empty plant pots, turned upside down, of course. There will be gaps between the pots so I then scrunch up plastic garbage bags and stuff them in the gaps. Sometimes, I then put a folded-up layer of newspaper on top then start covering it with the soil I'm planning to use.
  • Kristil Albof
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Newspapers! 🌼
  • Cheryl
    on Apr 29, 2017

    Use styrofoam packing peanuts in the lower portion of the pot. Cover the peanuts with weed cloth ( you can purchase this in your garden center.) Or use newspaper. fill the rest of the pot with ppotting soil and plant your plants as usual . You can also use empty plastic beverage bottles instead of the peanuts. Be SURE to punch a drainage hole in the bottom of your pot to allow excess water to drain . If you don't, you will get a pot full of really, REALLY stinky water, and your plants will drown. Good luck! You'll be amazed at how light your pots are using this method.

  • Msm8984487
    on Apr 29, 2017

    The plastic popcorn that is usedin shipping boxes.
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