August 02, 2020

Indoor plants are the best way to let your home breathe. With indoor plants, you can decorate your house in an eco-friendly way. But these plants need your attention and care to get flourish in your lounge and dining area.

If you already have indoor plants you might have noticed that there are small holes at the bottom of the plant pot. Have you ever wonder what is the importance of drainage holes in the plant pot? And why does indoor plant pot need a hole at the bottom?

If you have same questions in your mind then you are at the right place.

Let’s get straight to the point now. The role of the holes at the bottom of indoor plant pots is very crucial for the health of your favorite plant. These small holes let the excess water to drain from the bottom of the pot to provide enough air to the roots.

Like every human body, plants also have different needs. Some plant roots might tolerate excessive water but some species can get root rot in stagnant water. 

To keep the plant healthy, it is important to take care of the roots and don’t let your plant die from diseases like root rot. 

Make sure your plant pot has a drainage hole at the bottom and if a pot doesn’t have one you can create one by yourself. 


How can you create a drainage hole in a plant pot?

You can easily create a hole in the pot if it doesn’t have one. The best way to create a hole is by using a drill machine

Usually little to no soil fall from the drainage holes, but watch out for showering excess water to the plants because it can make the surface filthy. If you want to protect your lounge from getting stained, you can use a coffee filter paper to cover the hole


Using pots without drainage holes

You might buy a pot without any drainage hole just because it is decorative and you like it. You can create a hole in it yourself but it can break the pot.

If it is too expensive and cute and you don’t want to put it on the risk of breaking, use it for shoreline plants. Shoreline plants are water-friendly and they can easily grow with wet soil.

Another way to save the pot is to use a pot liner that can easily fit inside the plant pot without damaging the pot or plant. If a plant is already planted in a pot with no drainage hole, then water the plant and drain excess water by turning it to one side.

Some plastic and decorative plant pots have pre-punched holes at the bottom so you can easily remove them without any damage to the pot.


Using a layer of gravel as a sort of drainage

A plant lover always finds the best for his plants and you might have heard of the benefits of a layer of gravel at the bottom of the plant pots. Some experts suggest using this pebble layers as a source of water drainage in the plant pots without holes.

According to many experts, the gravel prevents excess water to absorb in the soil. The water flows into space with pebbles providing adequate air to the plant roots.

But most people call it a myth. They believe that the layer of gravel changes the medium of water and thus it is difficult for water to flow between two different mediums and remain in the soil. 

If you are still curious about using gravel for pant pots, here is the complete guide for you.

If you are using a pot without a drainage hole, avoid using it outdoors where your plant will be exposed to rain. You will not have any option to drain excess water and your plant will be ruined.


Permanently attached saucers

Some plant pots come with a permanently attached saucer, making it difficult to drain excess water. Before buying a plant pot make sure it contains a removable saucer or no saucer at all

If you are interested in a removable saucer plant pot, consider using our Nordic Black Marble Planters. These planters offer different sizes and are perfect for giving an elegant look to your house.


marble planter


This stylish marble planter comes with a copper-gold drip tray to make the process of drainage easy. 


Self-watering planters

Seedlings and small cuttings require extra care and constant watering. The plants that need constant watering can be planted in a self-watering container.

A self-watering container has a water reservoir at the bottom. This water reservoir is connected to the soil foot in the planter. In a soil foot system, the plant sends roots at the bottomand draw up the required amount of water. 

Remember to moist the soil in the planter evenly when you fill the self-watering container for the first time. In this way, the plant will get water until it builds strong roots towards the bottom of the container.


Self-watering planters


Some people often forget to water their plant and in some cases, they have to stay away from the house for a longer period. In this case, the plants can't grow the right way.

If you stay away from your house often or forgets to water your plants on time, our range of Self Watering Hydroponic Planter can meet your needs. The Self Watering Planters has small glass water containers that are perfect for your plants.  


Use grow bags for your plants

Most people are in search of an inexpensive container for the growing plants and fabric grow bag is the best option for them. It is an easy, fast, and convenient way to grow your indoor garden plants.

Grow bags are made from a pressed fabric and have tiny holes in them for drainage and air circulation. In a grow bag, your plant will get a chance to build up a strong and fibrous root system


Do Indoor Plant Pots Need A Drainage Hole


Our Felt Grow Bags are perfect for your plants with a short root system. These grow bags are formed with a strong, durable, and biodegradable material and can be used for indoor and outdoor plant gardens. 

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