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Preparing Your Pots for Planting

All pots, large and small, need some preparation. Plants will live longer and look better if their pots are well prepared. Also consider the weight of your containers to avoid back-breaking lifting after planting.

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Broken Terra Cotta at Base of Flower Pots
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To help water drain freely, place broken terra-cotta pots (crocks), polystyrene chips, or large pebbles in the base of the pot. Alternatively, use a layer of fine mesh with gravel on top. This prevents drainage holes from becoming blocked and soil from being flushed out.

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