Okay, I know you might be thinking, “didn’t she just do a quick tip post on how to build drainage into pots without drainage holes? And how she is telling us how to seal them?” Yes. Yes I am. It’s the opposite problem to having no drainage: having too much drainage. I recently bought a few cute pots that had drainage holes in the bottom of them but didn’t come with saucers. Really strange…what’s the point of a drainage hole if you’re just going to get water all everywhere as it drains out? So I decided to plug the drainage holes and call it a day. This tip is especially easy if you want to mount a plant on a plant stand like this one I’m working on (tutorial coming soon!)…
No where for the water to go! This was the first pot I sealed using concrete.
Here’s what you need:
- Concrete mix, the kind you just add water to
- Disposable bowl and spoon
- The price sticker the pot came with or aluminum foil
And here’s how to seal drainage holes in pots.
Step 1: If your pot is new and came with a price tag on the bottom, use it to cover the hole. This will give you the cleanest result. If you don’t have the price tag, just set the pot down on aluminum foil.
Step 2: Mix up just a bit of concrete in a disposable bowl. I used Cement All, which is super easy to use. Just add one part water for every four parts powder you use. (Detailed instructions are on the box!) Once completely mixed, the consistency should be like wet sand.
Step 3: Pour down into the bottom of the pot immediately and let dry.
When it’s dry to the touch, you can peel off the sticker. See how neat the sticker kept it?
And that’s it. You can throw some rocks in the bottom of the pot for additional drainage if you have a finicky plant (much like I did for these planters), but I just use well-draining cactus soil for this hardy snake plant.
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