How to prepare your pots for planting

Plants will live longer and look better if your pots are clean and have good drainage. Plus we have some tips for making the pots themselves last longer too

Time required
20 minutes
Level of expertise needed
How to prepare your pots for planting


  • Scrubbing brush
  • Water & detergent
  • Drill (optional)
  • Broken pots (optional)
  • Gravel (optional)
  • Plastic sheet/bags (optional)

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