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Hi, I’m growing tomatoes in pots and I’ve heard it’s beneficiary to drill small holes all around the sides of the pots to help the roots. Is this worth doing or shall I leave them?
 Thanks,Mick

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,840
    I’ve never heard of that or ever known it before, as long as there’s holes in the bottom and the pots are bucket sized they’ll be ok. 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 35,520
    I agree with Lyn. I can't see how that would benefit them other than allowing excess water to drain away, but holes in the bottom should be doing that job.
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  • I saw it on another website, it’s supposed to allow air to the roots but if I use a big enough pot it should be fine 
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 6,306
    Sounds like a similar idea to airpots.
    When a root hits the hole, the end of the root dries and dies (air pruning) causing it to branch along its length thereby making more roots to supply the plant's needs.
    I did try them (airpots) a few years ago with very good results, the main problem was the toms needed watering every day and sometimes twice/day which was getting a chore
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  • Pete.8 said:
    Sounds like a similar idea to airpots.
    When a root hits the hole, the end of the root dries and dies (air pruning) causing it to branch along its length thereby making more roots to supply the plant's needs.
    I did try them (airpots) a few years ago with very good results, the main problem was the toms needed watering every day and sometimes twice/day which was getting a chore
    Yes that’s exactly what I read, I was thinking the same that it would dry the compost Out 
  • GardenGrower11GardenGrower11 EnglandPosts: 305
    I think I get why you're asking, Mick, presumably something to do with replicating the benefits of Air-Pots. Haven't personally seen them discussed for tomatoes, but I know some serious chilli growers like Air-Pots.

    For anyone not familiar, explanation of the claimed benefits here:
    https://air-pot.com/garden/
  • I think I get why you're asking, Mick, presumably something to do with replicating the benefits of Air-Pots. Haven't personally seen them discussed for tomatoes, but I know some serious chilli growers like Air-Pots.

    For anyone not familiar, explanation of the claimed benefits here:
    https://air-pot.com/garden/
    Yes that’s exactly what I was reading about thanks 
  • GardenGrower11GardenGrower11 EnglandPosts: 305
    Posted my comment before the one from @Pete.8 appeared for me. Independently had similar thoughts in relation to original post :)
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