Flower pot drainage tray
“Wonderful product if you’re setting up a drain to your garden”
“I’ve only had these a year but I’ve found these trays are so well made that they should last many years. The male threaded outlet makes it super fast to connect several to a single pipe run using “bulldog T’s” that insert to poly pipe. No clamps are necessary as there is no back pressure. No stagnate water means no foot rot of the plant or mosquitoes breeding.”
“Saved my deck and garden from constant puddles and debris.”
The world's best plant or pot drain tray. Love potted plants but hate the mess? With The Drain Away Drain Tray you can now have beautiful potted plants on your deck, around your pool, or in front of your business without the mess of staining your area with the plant's water run off. Made in the USA!
Ideas for Planter Drip Trays
So often containers for houseplants and patio plants don’t come with drip trays. The dilemma is then how to water plants without staining floors and furniture. Often the weight of plant and soil plus container is too heavy to allow removing the potted plant to a sink or area that drainage water won’t damage each time the plant needs watering. You can purchase an appropriate-sized drip tray if appearance is important. Another approach is to find inexpensive items at stores and thrift shops that can be modified for drip trays, or recycle things from around the house. Make sure the item holds water without leaking.
Purchased Drip Trays
Many home and garden shops sell a wide variety of drip trays in different dimensions, colors and finishes. Online shopping is also an option. You can try for a close match to the color and finish of the existing pot or choose a clear plastic product that blends in with anything. The drip tray needs to be 1 to 2 inches larger than the pot it will serve. It is also a good idea for the drip tray to have some mechanism — such as built-in ridges or bumps — to raise the container off the bottom of the drip tray. This allows room for runoff water to accumulate without having the pot sit directly in water for a length of time — not a healthy situation for plant roots.
Drip Tray Alternatives
Leakproof pans or trays meant for other purposes can serve as drip trays for container gardening. For really big container plants, water heater pans come in several sizes. Usually in utilitarian colors, the outsides can be painted to match your decor. Look for round and rectangular galvanized metal or plastic pans and containers used for changing oil or for garage drip pans under car engines. For larger drip trays, put some bricks or tiles under plant containers to raise them off the bottom. Heavy plastic mortar tubs or lighter weight cat litter pans are good pebble tray candidates to house a collection of plants with similar cultural requirements. Provide a layer of washed rocks or gravel for the pots to sit on.
Drip Trays From Recycled Items
Saucers, plates and shallow bowls can all be repurposed as drip trays. Adapt shallow baskets for drip trays by lining them with heavy plastic sheeting that is stapled to the basket’s inside rim. Bakery or delicatessen containers often have either tops or bottoms that can be used as drip trays. Similarly trim down cleaned plastic soda or water bottles to use under smaller pots. Plastic refrigerator storage containers that have lost their lids serve a new purpose catching drips. Some premade pie crusts or purchased pies have sturdy pie plates that make good drip trays for single containers.
Drip Trays for Hanging Baskets
Although many plastic hanging baskets come with a drip tray, these are often shallow and don’t hold enough of the runoff. There are larger clamp-on plastic drip trays that are commercially available. Or outfit a decorative container without drainage holes for hanging and insert a potted plant within it, raising the plant off the container bottom with plastic foam peanuts or packed sphagnum moss so the top of the pot is level with the top of the decorative container.
Ideas for Planter Drip Trays. So often containers for houseplants and patio plants don’t come with drip trays. The dilemma is then how to water plants without staining floors and furniture. Often the weight of plant and soil plus container is too heavy to allow removing the potted plant to a sink or area that …