I’m planting tomatoes in 5 gallon buckets. Should I have drain holes

Linda Elkins
by Linda Elkins
  7 answers
  • Joy Elizabeth Joy Elizabeth on Jun 08, 2018

    Hi Linda, you definitely want drain holes in the bottom. Tomatoes love water, but hate to sit in wet conditions. I make holes in my smaller pots with a cheap wood burning tool. I think it may work for a five gallon bucket also.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 08, 2018

    Yes it should. Just turn the bucket over and put at least 6 holes in the bottom with a drill.

  • Gk Gk on Jun 08, 2018

    Yes. Just use a drill to drill holes in the bottom of your buckets.

  • Yes! You can drill them or stab the bottom with a hot ice pick. My mother in law forgot to put holes before she planted then after they were too heavy for her to move and I didn't have a drill withme so I heated up an ice pick on the stove, went through the plastic like butter. If you can't access the bottom *which I'm assuming because of the other question you posted* just do it on the side but as close to the bottom as you can get

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Jun 08, 2018

    i would definitely drill holes in the bottom. I have some pots that already have drainage holes that got waterlogged with all the rain this spring!

  • Doris Pepin Doris Pepin on Jun 10, 2018

    All plants planted in containers, outside, need drain holes. Otherwise your roots could rot.