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Old 03-06-2016, 09:36 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Originally Posted by Quaker15 View Post
My question is, are there any plants that love wet soil?
Yes indeed. This is a partial list. Simply google plants which do well in wet soil.

The Best Flowers for Wet, Soggy Soil
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Old 03-09-2016, 07:36 AM
Location: 76102
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I use packing peanuts. Lightweight and last until you repot.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:53 AM
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My grandmother used crushed beer cans in the bottom of her pots. My dad kept her well supplied!
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:39 AM
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Originally Posted by TheDragonslayer View Post
When I lived inland where it was hot and dry, I used terra cotta shards to block the drain holes in the pots, here on the wet coast I use a piece of window screen. I have noticed that any plants my spouse pots up, he puts pea gravel in the bottoms, assuming it will help the plants drain, I keep reminding him that it causes the roots to rot, that it is best they have soil the full depth, that the roots will absorb any excess water and transpire it up the plant.
I always put a curved shard from a terra cotta pot over the drain hole in pots to keep the soil from washing out the hole. I moved all my plants up to the next size pot this past weekend. I had no broken pottery pieces and was eyeing a small pot to sacrifice when I had a better idea. We bring buckets of shells home from the beach. I found several porous ones with many holes drilled through them by some marine predator in the past. They worked perfect with a natural curve to them.
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Old 03-15-2016, 05:34 PM
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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My only reason for putting shards or stones is to keep the dirt from falling out. I see no reason to stop this practice.
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