How do I add drainage holes to a large ceramic garden pot?

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I have a fairly large, heavy ceramic garden pot that does not have drainage holes in it. How can I add a couple holes without breaking the pot? Thanks.

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Sep 07, 2019

    Hi Susan,

    There are 2 things you can do. One is to fill the bottom of the pot with something that can act as room for drainage. I use old styrofoam packing peanuts, but pieces of broken pottery or even stones will work. You're just building a space for the water to sit below the plant. The other option is to use a specific drill carefully. See if this article helps. Wishing you the best.

    http://www.bystephanielynn.com/2013/06/drill-drainage-holes.html

  • Allison Allison on Sep 07, 2019

    Using a masonry bit (1/2 inch or so) with minimal pressure on the drill, let the tool do the work. Easy peasy.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on May 22, 2022

    Hi Susan, we had this same issue this year. You can use a masonry drill bit to make the holes. I always put some masking tape down where I'll be drilling to stop it from slipping.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 22, 2022

    Use a masonry drill bit, you can get these a Home Depot, Lowes. masking helps stop shattering.