HOW TO MAKE POT LINERS – Making your own pot liners does allow you to make them to the exact size of the pots that you want to use. Planting flowers in pots requires special consideration as they tend to lose water and plants can dry out quickly. One way to combat this problem is to make pot liners which are designed to retain water that will feed your plant. In this Garden Plants Guide we show you how to make your own pot liners with easy to follow steps.
There are a number of materials you can use, including coffee bean filters, felt or coir. Coir is one of the best materials to use for pot liners and it is a natural product that’s made from the husks of coconuts. You can buy coir from any good Gardening Store or online gardening retailer. It generally comes in rolls and is easy to cut and store.
Take your pot and place this upright on the coir. Draw around the base of the pot using chalk, so that you have a clear line.
Take a tape measure and measure the height of the pot and from the circle that you made on the coir mark a point to the height you have. Repeat this at four points around the inner circle.
You can now cut around the outer marking with a sharp pair of scissors. Once you have cut out the shape pick four points around the outer circle and cut a straight line approximate 3/4 of the way down towards the inner circle.
You can, if you wish, cut lines in between each of the four points to help make the coir fit snuggly around the inside of the pot. Once you have finished cutting the coir you can place it inside the pot. You will note the the edges of the coir will overlap in places and this is fine. You can mark with chalk the overlaps and then cut these away. If you find that the coir is not sitting at the bottom of the pot properly you can increase the length of the cuts a little more.
Once your coir pot liner is in place you can add a little grit at the bottom, to aid with soil drainage, and then fill your pot with soil and pot your plant.