Asked on Mar 20, 2018

Drilling holes in cast iron planter



I have a very old cast iron planter, but it doesn't have drainage holes, so the water just pools up. Is there any way to drill holes into it without damaging it?

9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Mar 20, 2018

    Plant in a container with drainage holes and place inside the other container.Make sure you empty it on a regular basis
  • Lsherbach
    on Mar 20, 2018

    I would say probably not, but you can place an Inch or two of pebbles in the bottom to keep your plant's feet from getting soaked, and/or you can use a pot with drainage holes that fits inside the cast iron planter
  • Ken
    on Mar 20, 2018

    You should be able to use a metal cutting drill bit and not damage the planter. Use a little oil of any kind to lubricate and cool the drill bit.
  • Linda
    on Mar 20, 2018

    Dont know the size of container but I have seen empty plastic water bottles used as filler for larger containers.
  • Susan
    on Mar 20, 2018

    If you can’t drill holes, put about an inch of rocks so your plants won’t rot. Or plant some water plants in it.
  • Caroline Forwood
    Caroline Forwood
    on Mar 20, 2018

    I would add pebbles either way. May need to coat it with paint to prevent rust. Put high humidity needs plant!
  • Emily
    on Mar 20, 2018

    I once had a cast iron plant stand, I melted paraffin to put in the bottoms of the plant holders. But if yours is a single unit, the stones would be a good idea and maybe some sort of base for them that is impregnable by water as eventually the iron would corrode.
  • Ro
    on Mar 21, 2018

    Put a planter inside the planter
  • Judith
    on May 4, 2020

    I have an iron bed frame and I want to insert castors. There are no holes in the bottom of the legs.

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