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How To Plant In Pots Without Drainage Holes

Searching for an answer on how to plant in pots without drainage holes shouldn’t raise your stress levels.

Personally, I don’t like using pots without at least a drainage hole or two.

Container gardening is a way of gardening in pots and containers. A container gardener may use a pot or container for any number of reasons.

The pots and containers will need to be placed in a location where you can easily access the plants in it and water them when necessary.

If you want to plant your vegetables without drainage holes, you should place the pots on a tray with stones, gravel or sand to allow water to seep out.

Remember that if you are using plastic containers, they are not able to hold any weight so make sure the tray is very shallow or else it will split under the pressure.

How To Plant In Pots Without Drainage Holes – Why Would You Need To?

A pot without drainage holes is a pot without holes for water to drain. I don’t like to use them but I understand some people do.

A plant can still grow in this type of pot, but it will require more watering than if the plant was in a pot with drainage holes.

The use of pots without drainage holes is typically confined to growing plants indoors.

If you are using pots without drainage holes outside, then your plants will be exposed to more moisture.

They will need more water than the average plant grown in a pot with drainage holes.

Pots without drainage holes are ideal for plants that require more water than the others.

They can hold a lot of water and retain it for a long time, so even if you forget to water them, they won’t dry out.

Some plants that benefit from this type of pot are: orchids, cacti and succulents.

Planting without drainage holes is done to hold the soil better. The potting mix would not end up spilling over the top of the pot.

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Pots come in all shapes and size 

There are many reasons why you might want to plant in pots without drainage holes. One reason is that it can be a less expensive option than planting in pots with drainage holes.

Another is that it can also be used as a decorative element on your balcony or porch, for example if you have potted plants that are taller than they are wide.

But most importantly, this is an effective way to keep soil from spilling out of your pots and onto your floor, which can be very difficult to clean up!

How to Successfully Plant a Container Without Drainage Holes?

The truth is, it can be difficult to plant in a container without drainage holes. Water can just evaporate and leave your plants with dry soil if you don’t keep an eye on it.

However, there are some methods that you can employ to successfully plant the pot without drainage holes.

These are just simple, sensible and no nonsense ways to maintain a good growing harmony when using holeless pots.

– Make sure to not overwater plants in a pot without drainage holes.

– Keep your container outdoors occasionally in order to enjoy natural sunlight and absorb some of the water if the pot is too moist.

– Do not overfill your pot – do not overload the pot with too much soil and water.

– Be sure to use good quality potting soil for your plants.

One thing I do is when I am around the home for a good length of time, I will split my watering over several timelines instead of watering all at once. This gives the soil time to absorb the water before you add more.

As long as you follow a sensible routine, you should have no problem when it comes to planting your container without drainage holes.

How to Ensure Proper Drainage for Pots & Containers

Okay, confession time.

I just don’t like using pots without some drainage help in them.

I very rarely use a pot that doesn’t have drainage holes. Some argue that gets messy when you water. It can but again, you have to be sensible and have a good back up system such as a sturdy and deep plate at the bottom.

Use proper drainage for pots and containers because if not, it can lead to growth problems in plants.

The plant will stop getting enough oxygen and will lead to early death.

A drainage hole is a hole in the bottom of a pot or container that allows excess water to escape. This prevents the soil from becoming saturated and the potting mix from becoming waterlogged.

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What’s your preference? Holes or no holes? 

Yes, this is an article on how to plant in pots without drainage holes but we are trying to lower your stress levels.

Sometimes you just have to make a decision if you’re worried about a lack of drainage in the pot.

Personally, I will put at least one to two small holes in the bottom to create a natural drainage.

This is important, especially if you are growing most types of vegetables. You don’t want to over water them and without any drainage, there’s a strong chance this could damage the plant.

Improper drainage can lead to root rot, which can cause serious problems for your plants.

So, make sure any container you use has at least one small hole at the bottom so that water gradually release without sitting on top of dirt and suffocating roots.

How To Plant In Pots Without Drainage Holes – Final Thoughts

As I indicated at the start, I’m not a real fan of using pots without drainage holes.

If I am given one or more as a gift, I will always make my own holes.

Unless the plants you are growing are water plants which can handle a water-logged scenario, it’s best to have some type of drainage on the pot.

When I first started growing plants using containers without draining holes, I was not successful. I quickly learned that drainage holes are essential to the success of this type of container gardening.

I found out the hard way, when my plants shrank in size and some died when they didn’t get enough water. The truth?

Any container with no drainage hole is either turned into a drainage hole pot or discarded after it’s done being used for my plants.

Finally, here’s a trick to that can help drainage issues. Fill the pot or container with gravel, then add soil. The gravel will keep the soil from touching the water, which is necessary for proper drainage.

What’s your preference? Do you have any tips you’ve picked up over the years on how to plant in pots without drainage holes? Are they your preference or not? Please leave a comment below.

JD Dean

Growing up on a farm gave me and my family some huge advantages. One of them was learning to grow our own food. Apart from acres and acres of crops, we had a magnificent fruit and vegetable garden plus, we canned our own food. I’m hoping to pass on some of this expertise and experience to you.

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