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Plant Pot Drainage Holes: Are They Really Necessary?

Drainage Holes and Plant Pot Quickfire Q&A!

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Plant Pot Do’s and Don’ts for the Uninitiated

Navigating the world of plant pots can be tricky, especially for beginners. Here are some of the most common questions answered tersely about pot drainage holes. Ensuring your new green companions have happy, healthy lives thriving under your care, and helping you avoid the disappointment of being the reason for a plant's untimely demise.

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Quickfire Questions and Answers

Are pots without drainage holes bad?

Yes, If the plant is going to be left outside in the open and not undercover. 

Are drainage holes in pots necessary?

Yes, drainage holes are necessary to keep the plant healthy. Improper drainage  is the main culprit for root rot and dying plants.

Can you plant without drainage holes?

Yes, indoor plants are the best candidates where water can be controlled and monitored. A little extra care needs to be taken.

What to do if a plant pot has no drainage holes?

You can create drainage by adding a layer of gravel or rocks at the bottom. This will prevent the plant from drowning and also using a potting mix that strikes the right balance between water retention and drainage.

How to plant without drainage holes?

Use a well-draining soil mix, add a layer of gravel/rocks at the bottom, water sparingly, and monitor moisture levels closely.

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Key Takeaways 

  • Choose the right potting mix
  • Create a drainage layer at the bottom of your pot
  • Monitor watering carefully

Top Tip - Keep plant in plastic nursery pot and place inside decorative pots without drainage holes. If you notice poor drainage or overwatering issues consider repotting plant into a container with drainage holes.

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