How to drain copper containers?

Beverly
by Beverly

I have a couple of copper boiler tubs, & a copper 5ft long container. Must I drill holes. How would you drain proper?

  8 answers
  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on May 24, 2019

    It sounds like you want to use these as a container to keep plants in. Drilling holes will probably be necessary. So...drill the holes and put a layer of stones in the bottom to keep the dirt from coming out.

    • Dixie Dixie on May 27, 2019

      Instead of adding stones to the bottom, I use screen wire for all the holes in my pots because it will keep the slugs from getting in!


      Also, if you're trying to save on soil, use some "peanuts" in plastic bags to take up that extra space. Makes it much lighter than using other things and is easy to remove.

  • JAMES A ROLLI JAMES A ROLLI on May 24, 2019

    PUT PVC WHERE YOU CUT THE HOLES AND USE PVC GLUE TO HOLD THEM IN PLACE AND IF YOU WANT TO COVER THEM MEASURE THE DIAMETER AND PUT A RUBBER STOPPER OVER THEM .ONLY IF YOU WERE GOING PLANT SOMETHING INSIDE BUT PUT THE STOPPER AT THE BOTTOM AND THEN IT WILL BE EASIER TO DRAIN.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 02, 2021

    Hi Beverly, what a great idea for a planter! Drill the holes for draining and put screen over the holes to keep out pests, you can add styrofoam/or other safe filler to fill if you want to use less soil

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Aug 31, 2021

    I think you will need to add drainage holes.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Aug 31, 2021

    This shows how to add some drainage holes with just a hammer and nail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDB07Ptj70o

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Aug 31, 2021

    This shows how to drill drainage holes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hvTbLcCuQA

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Aug 31, 2021

    If you don't want to drill into your copper containers, you could put smaller pots that have drainage holes in the copper pots. You could place a layer of stones in the bottom of the copper pots, and place the other pots on top of the stones in the copper pots.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Aug 31, 2021

    Or, you can use these methods to plant in the copper pots without adding drainage holes: https://pistilsnursery.com/blogs/journal/how-to-plant-in-a-pot-without-drainage-holes