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How to Drill Drainage Holes for Container Gardening

If your favorite pot isn't providing enough drainage, add a hole or two by following these simple steps.


  • Step 1: Set the pot on a flat surface Set the pot upside down on a flat surface.
  • TIP: Use a rubber mat or damp towel to keep the pot from slipping.
  • Step 2: Mark a spot Make a small ding in the pot's surface with a nail to mark where you will drill the hole.
  • Step 3: Drill a pilot hole Make a pilot hole with your electric drill to keep the drill bit from slipping when you make the larger hole.
  • TIP: Be sure to use the correct drill bit for the type of pot you are using. Selecting the wrong bit may crack your pot.
  • Step 4: Run cold water Run cold water over your pilot hole. Keeping the pot cool will reduce the risk of cracking the pot.
  • Step 5: Drill the hole Drill the drainage hole with your electric drill, making sure that the drill bit is at a 90 degree angle, perpendicular to the pot.
  • Step 6: Flip the pot and start planting Flip the pot over so that it is right side up, and start planting.
  • FACT: Bamboo grows faster than any other plant on Earth.

You Will Need

  • Pot with insufficient drainage
  • Nail
  • Electric drill
  • Drill bits
  • Rubber mat or damp towel (optional)

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