This post shares tips about how to plant in pots without drainage holes. If you like it, you’ll love a roundup of my 15 DIY planters to help you decorate with plants!
How to Plant in Pots without Drainage Holes
Hello hello, and welcome to the first in what will be an ongoing series of quick-tip-themed posts. I have a lot of ideas floating around that I want to share, so I’m going to start sharing them branded as quick tips. That way, you won’t be too disappointed when you click in and think “that’s it?” 🙂 My first quick tip is how to create drainage in planters without holes.
Many plant pots that are designed to house plants have built-in drainage in either the bottom or the sides. Drainage is critical for many plants because you don’t want the water puddling in the bottom of your planter, causing problems and making for some unhappy, water-logged plant roots.
That said, I like to use a lot of things that aren’t meant to be planters, so building in drainage might be a necessary step to ensure your plants stay happy. Some of these planters include my DIY stainless steel bowl hanging planter (featured in this post, an Ikea bowl), an upcycled thrift store bowl hanging planter, an old candle holder turned into a planter, an old tea tin turned into a tiny planter, a DIY teacup cactus planter, and more.
So how do you quickly and easily build in drainage? Grab some pebbles and a coffee filter.
Here’s what you need:
- Pebbles or rocks, grab them outside or pick up a cheap bag from the dollar store
- Coffee filters, the number depends on how big your pot is
And here’s how to fix those indoor pots without drainage.
Step 1: Dump a layer of pebbles or rocks into your planter. You can also use perlite, but I didn’t have any on hand for this post. I did, however, have some small pebbles I needed to use for something.
Perlite would have the added benefit of keeping the planter lightweight.
Step 2: Add a coffee filter on top. Use multiple coffee filters if one doesn’t cover enough space. The filter is to help prevent the soil from getting down into the rocks while you’re planting.
The filter will deteriorate through time, but by then the soil and roots will be much more established. So this is just a temporary measure to keep things tidy.
Step 3: Add soil and plant!
There you have it, a planter with drainage. By the way, do you like this planter? Come back next Wednesday to see the full DIY for it as part of February’s 10-Minute DIYs theme. 🙂
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