Asked on May 3, 2017

What to use in the bottom of flower pots?

Miss PickyCarla MartinBba593579


What to use in bottom of flower pots to save on dirt and tomake pot no
9 answers
  • Pam fortson
    on May 3, 2017

    Another flower pot, like the ones that the annuals your planting come in. Washout empty butter tubs to place in the bottom.
  • Teri
    on May 3, 2017

    I use garden rock in the bottom of my pots for good drainage.
  • 512181
    on May 3, 2017

    I have used packing peanuts. Then you have to put a layer of landscape cloth over the peanuts so water can drain through and so the dirt will not wash out. Don't use the potato or dissolvable type of packing peanuts.
  • Susan Fisher
    on May 3, 2017

    I use packing peanuts in the bottom half of my can get Them at local pack and ship store
  • Caseyem11
    on May 3, 2017

    Styrofoam is also good. I save the foam from packing materials. A large plastic pot or pail upside down also works well.
  • Irm21583447
    on May 3, 2017

    Large gravel will let the pot drain and is also heavy enough to keep the pot from tipping over.

  • Bba593579
    on May 3, 2017

    As others have said, pebbles, river rock, styrofoam peanuts, or cut up styrofoam. You don't need a whole lot, just an inch or so.
  • Carla Martin
    on May 4, 2017

    Styrofoam peanuts are great, but make sure they aren't the biodegradable type or you'll soon have nothing in the bottom. Pebbles are also good. If you have a broken pot,smash it into smallish pieces and use that in the bottom of your new pot.
  • Miss Picky
    on May 4, 2017

    I crush up the little thin plastic water bottles, the 1/2 liter size or whatever. You can also cut them up with a scissors. The are benign to the plant's roots and they last forever in the bottom of a pot. It saves on dirt when you have a huge pot and not so much planted in it.
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