All Containers Need Some Form of Drainage

Drainage holes allow excess water and nutrient solution to flow freely out the bottom of a container.Drainage holes should let water drain easily but not be so big that growing medium washes out onto the floor.Containers should have at least two half-inch (1.2m) holes per square foot of bottom.Most pots have twice this amout.To slow drainage and keep soil from washing out of the large holes,add a one-inch (3 cm) layer of gravel in the bottom of the pot.Surface tension created by the varying sizes of soil and rock particles cause water to be retained at the bottom of the container.Line pots with newspaper if drainage is too fast or if soil washes out drain holes.This will slow drainage, so be wary.

Put trays under containers to catch excess water.Leaving water-filled saucers under pots often causes root rot.To avoid waterlogging soil and roots,set containers up an inch or two on blocks when using trays.

Nursery trays used for rooting cuttings and growing seedlings must have good drainage throughout the entire bottom.Once cuttings and seedlings are in place in the tray,the tray should always drain freely with no standing water in the bottom.

Post time: Jul-06-2023