Good drainage is important in the cultivation of practically all plants grown in containers. Soil should be sufficiently porous to permit the free passage of water and the bottoms of the containers should have holes through which surplus water may drain. The drainage holes may be covered with a layer of crocks (pieces of broken flowerpots), gravel, charcoal or coarse coal cinders. Then cover these with a layer of peat moss, newly fallen tree leaves, straw or similar material that will prevent the soil from washing down and clogging the drainage. The adequate drainage of planters in which pot plants are buried to their rims in peat moss is quite as important as drainage of the soil in the individual pots. Stagnant water drowns the roots of plants and is fatal to most kinds.
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