Asked on Apr 30, 2017

How can I stop pots from getting too heavy?

Nancy TurnerBetsyGladys S


What can I use in the bottom of large outdoor pots for drainage and also to keep the pots from getting too heavy?
9 answers
  • Vis12965355
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Packing peanuts
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Are there drainage holes in the pots?
  • Lynda Dexter
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Try packing peanuts in the bottom

  • Eunice
    on Apr 30, 2017

    Fill pots halfway with crushed aluminum cans or 2 litre bottles. Then fill with dirt.
  • Jen16258309
    on Apr 30, 2017

    I have some very large planters and fill them half way with pine cone. It allows the roots room to grow around them and lightens the pots and you use less soil to fill then. I have also used crushed water bottles. They are thinner and easier to crush than soda bottles. Happy gardening.
  • Gina
    on Apr 30, 2017

    I use plastic bottles like water bottles, 2 L Coke bottles just flatten them out and put them in the bottom
  • Gladys S
    on Apr 30, 2017

    build up foam pices part way up first. Fills the extra space before putting soil in. Works great!
  • Betsy
    on May 1, 2017

    I like packing peanuts the best, but to avoid cost, recycle styrofoam by cuttint it into pieces and place at the bottom.
  • Nancy Turner
    on May 1, 2017

    Packing peanuts also can break down. Some are made to melt in water, if you use them check to make sure you don't have the kind that will disintegrate if wet. I believe it is made with baking soda type chemicals.
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