Keeping the drainage holes in the base of pots and planters from getting blocked is important to ensure good drainage. The growing media/potting mix can block the holes causing water-logging which in turn can cause root rot in the plants.
Various approaches are typically used to ensure good drainage in pots, such as putting a layer of gravel in first and covering with flyscreen mesh or geofabric. Here at Quatro Design, we’ve come up with a new and simple device to facilitate good pot drainage — the DrainEZE drainage hole screen.
The device (patent pending) is a conical dome with vertical openings to enable water to pass into an air chamber above the drainage hole. This greatly increases the area through which water can pass, compared to the drainage hole by itself.
To prevent soil from passing through into the air chamber and then blocking the drainage hole, the moulded plastic device is covered with geofabric that is secured at the top with a press-on clip. The geofabric extends out on to the floor of the pot where it is covered with the growing media.
Depending on the size of the pot, the DrainEZE drainage hole screen will be held in position over the drainage hole by the weight of the growing media on it and the geofabric. If you’re concerned that plant roots might might move the device from over the hole, it can be glue-fixed in position using a semi-flexible adhesive such as a silicone or polyurethane adhesive.
This new drainage hole will be available within the next few weeks, as soon as the plastic injection mould is machined, and the first batch of devices is made. We’ll keep you informed.
You will then be able to have DrainEZE drainage hole screen fitted to your Quatro pots and planters when ordering. We will glue-fix them over the drainage holes so all you need to do is fill the pots with a good quality growing media.
We also plan to sell the DrainEZE drainage hole screen separately so you can fit them to pots you source from elsewhere.