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Leaking pot?

Posted by Gzha none (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 14, 13 at 12:36

I have a pot that's about 12" wide at the base and about 14" high. I think it's ceramic or clay or equivalent.

I've noticed, repeatedly, that if I move the pot, the carpet underneath is slightly damp. I know for a fact that no water spilled out of the drainage holes. I've also looked at the bottom and see no obvious cracks.

Is it possible that water leaches through the ceramic/clay/whatever material? Or is a crack the only explanation?


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RE: Leaking pot?

Either/or. You can have tiny tiny tiny hairline cracks. Or the pot/saucer material could just be degrading. Or the material could be cheaply made.

In the end, don't put bare clay/ceramic or even glazed material on anything you value like carpet or nice wood on a desk/shelf. Inevitably, the water/moisture/condensation will get through and stain/damage. It's a losing battle, no matter how careful you try to be. I know you might find it ugly, but use a plastic or composite saucer underneath. Or move the plant onto tile/flooring/shelving/a surface that you don't care if it gets stained or damp. And using a ceramic/clay saucer under a ceramic/clay pot brings you back to square one of the problem.

Of bigger concern, in my humble opinion, is why isn't water "spilling" through the drainage holes? You need to be watering so at least some water flushes out each and every time. This is where the saucers come back into play.

Rule #1 for Amateur Container Gardening 101 is never ever ever install your container plants into a container/pot that doesn't have drainage holes. Either drill holes in the bottom or find a better pot with holes. Just like heart disease is the leading killer of humans, lack of drainage holes is the leading killer of potted plants through the ages. :)


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How can you have a house plant and water it without a saucer ? !!


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RE: Leaking pot?

  • Posted by Gzha none (My Page) on
    Thu, Nov 14, 13 at 20:44

Thanks all. Sounds like a plastic saucer is the way to go.

To answer questions: It has a built-in saucer, where the base just spreads out to form a catch basin. Same material as the rest of the pot. Water comes out of the drainage holes into that lip. What I meant and should have said was that water doesn't spill over the side of the lip of the built-in saucer.


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That attached saucer is a problem for the roots, as is stops the mix from ever draining completely, and the water in the saucer is wicked back into the mix. Al


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