Purchasing metal flowerpots or planters is amongst the first steps towards beautifying your home both indoors and outdoors. One small minor detail that people fail to factor in when purchasing a metal flowerpot is whether it’s the exterior and interior look and design of drainage holes.

Most manufacturers automatically make holes on their metal planters, for most people and gardeners, have this popular belief that drainage holes must be all put on all planters. But this is not usually the case.

Indoor planters

The drainage holes are a rather straightforward and simple feature in most metal flowerpots, but whereas there are benefits to having drainage holes; there must be drawbacks. Most people, usually want drainage holes to be made on their metal planters without necessarily knowing why or if they are truly necessary.

Its usually recommended that metal flowerpots in most residential homes and commercial spaces have alternate irrigation techniques as opposed to the conventional “draining technique”. Not only will the excess drained water cause damage to the flooring as well and nearby furniture.

But the good thing is if a metal flowerpot is designed with drainage holes; it’s still possible to use it as an outside flower pot. Even saucers are used, the drainage holes can still overflow when your plants or flowers are overwatered.

Before you can begin planting, you can fill the drainage holes with caulking, rubber stoppers, or cement. For much smaller indoor metal flowerpots with saucers and drainage holes, adding water directly into saucers is a much better option compared to the pouring of the water at the top.

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Outdoor flower pots

Most metal flower pots that can benefit from the drainage holes are outdoors. When it comes to outdoor plants, they must have a proper drainage system. But here is a fun fact, water should not be allowed to sit on the metal flowerpots for extended periods of time.

In the natural environment, the waterfall down and flows instead of just sitting stagnant on the ground. What the water does is flow downwards and outwards, even sometimes it evaporates when the ground is normally heated as a result direct sunlight. This ensures that the plants are not exposed to harmful fungi and molds, it also ensures the plant doesn’t drown and die in the long run.

To keep your plants healthy and happy, having a proper drainage system on the metals flowerpots should be your number one priority. In some cases the drainage hole on the planter is just enough to ensure the proper growth and development of your plants.

Before considering container gardening, you first need to think about the areas around the garden as well as the irrigation system of the plants. This is where drainage holes are necessary and convenient, but always keep in mind that excess water in the pots can damage your plants as well the surrounding environment. The above suggestions that we’ve talked about will keep your plants healthy.