What do you put in the bottom of a pot for drainage?

How do you make drainage for pots?

A drainage layer is created by adding a medium such as pebbles, stones or pumace to the bottom of a pot before adding soil. Soil particles are very small and tightly packed together, which means that water moves through them quite slowly.

Should you put rocks in the bottom of a planter?

A: For years, experts told gardeners to put a layer of gravel, pebbles, sand or broken pieces of pot in the bottom of the pot before potting up houseplants or outdoor plants. The idea was to improve drainage. But research shows that this advice is wrong. Water doesn’t travel well from one medium to another.

What can I use to fill the bottom of a large planter?

Options for Lightweight Pot Fillers
  1. Recycle Plastics. Plastic Water/Soda Bottles.
  2. Reuse Packing Materials.
  3. Unused Plastic Pots Turned Upside Down.
  4. Recycled Crushed Cans.
  5. Natural Materials.
  6. Recycled Cardboard, Newspaper (Also for short term use only.)

What can I add to potting soil for drainage?

So in this post I am going to give you 5 simple things you can add to your soil to increase drainage.
  1. Perlite. Perlite is a volcanic rock that is puffed like popcorn to be very lightweight, and takes up a lot of space.
  2. Sand.
  3. Compost.
  4. Mulch.
  5. Vermiculite.