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Post by Chilli-head on 4th June 2019, 12:28 pm

Ok, we must all have those things that we've read or heard somewhere presented as true, that we do slavishly wondering if it is really necessary or even beneficial ? I was thinking to ask you lot your opinions on something while I was at the allotment at the weekend, but have forgotten what it was ! Until I remember what that was ...

Drainage in pots. Does putting a lot of crocks / gravel / etc in the bottom of a pot actually improve drainage, or just waste compost space in the pot ? I have heard both views ...
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Post by freebird on 4th June 2019, 3:54 pm

I reckon if the pot is sitting on the ground, and has base drainage holes, then crocks probably help. If the pot is elevated, or drainage holes on sides, then pointless.

But then again, sometimes I don't want it to drain too freely .....
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Post by Ploshkin on 4th June 2019, 4:44 pm

I've vaguely thought about that when putting crocks in a pot. It can be a case though of filling up some space where deep rooting is not required so as not to use compost unnecessarily.
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Post by Dandelion on 4th June 2019, 7:38 pm

I usually put one piece of crock in the bottom of a pot to stop the soil falling through the holes as I pot things up. I could also see stones in the bottom of a planter being an advantage if it stops vandals removing the pot because of the extra weight involved. (This town is one of the safer, more pleasant places I've lived, but we do get a lot of planters being tipped over, removed and vandalised.)

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