Asked by: Eleanora Guillemot
asked in category: General Last Updated: 9th January, 2020

Should you put rocks in bottom of planter?

You do need a nice substantial layer of rock ( or one of the above) if you don't have drainage holes at the bottom. (Yes you want drainage holes, but I know some of you are going to use cache pots without holes to plant in anyway.) The substantial layer on the bottom gives a place for the excess water to go.

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Similarly one may ask, what do you put in the bottom of a planter for drainage?

Poking sphagnum peat moss or cheesecloth loosely into the drainage holes of your planter won't plug them but will help keep soil particles from washing out. Commercially made discs of coconut fiber, polyester or plastic filled with hydroponic rock also are available to place over drainage holes.

Likewise, do rocks help with drainage? Lining drainage ditches with rocks creates a drainage system called French drains. The rocks are used to allow for greater drawing of water from the source area where the water was pooling. The water will flow into the rocks instead of being absorbed into the surrounding soil.

Keeping this in view, do you need to line a planter box?

A wooden box may need drainage holes, depending on how porous it is without them. You can also use plastic to line your pots—a preferred method for planters used indoors—but make sure you punch holes through the plastic at the drainage hole locations.

Can you put Styrofoam in the bottom of a planter?

Place the screen in the bottom of your planter, and cover it with pieces of Styrofoam. Break up larger pieces of Styrofoam to get more even coverage on the bottom of the planter. Fill the planter until it is approximately one-third full of Styrofoam.

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