Question by  girl47 (15)

How do you treat clay flower pots before planting in them?

I don't want them to suck up all the water from the plant.


Answer by  bl834 (1317)

I don't treat clay pots because the amount of water they hold in the pottery itself isn't enough to dehydrate the plant. You could set it in a saucer of water if you were concerned about drying out the soil, or paint the outside of the pot to seal it.


Answer by  sherryk (621)

I think you are supposed to wash them in hot soapy water to kill germs from previous plant. Then you should break up pieces of old pots or put rocks in the bottom before you add soil--not sure why, but know you're supposed to do this. Perhaps to improve drainage?


Answer by  LeheckaG (1826)

Clay flower-pots are compatible with most plants & soils. But if you are concerned, Either: - soak the pots in water before planting - seal the clay-surfaces with a polymer-coating


Answer by  xtina (77)

New clay pots must be soaked for 24hrs before planting. This will prevent soaking up water the plants desparately need.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

One way to water proof the pot is to line the sides with some plastic. Just make sure to leave a hole in the bottom to allow drainage. Another option would be to coat the inside of the pot with some type or water proof paint.

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