Water drainage for indoor potted plants?
June 23, 2009 11:46 AM Subscribe
Newbie gardening question: I'm very new to gardening and have some questions about drainage. I live in an apartment, so can only grow things in containers. For plants on the balcony, I'm using terra cotta pots with a hole in the bottom and setting them on the matching saucers. But what about indoor plants? Do all pots need drainage holes?
posted by wsquared to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
From everything I've read, drainage seems really important for plants. But I've seen lots of pots in stores without holes. I have some nice white ones from Ikea, for example. I've also seen cool suggestions for growing plants in repurposed containers like old wooden boxes and colorful tin cans. Could you just use a layer of rocks or gravel at the bottom instead? Are some plants better suited to this than others? I'm really interested in succulents, but it looks like those need the most drainage because too much moisture is bad for them. Then again, I've seen succulents planted in open terrariums that definitely don't have drainage holes!
So, any advice on beginner container gardening? Or any book/website suggestions on really basic gardening how-tos?