You’ve spent hours combing through several internet galleries and visiting your local nursery in search of the plants for your antique plant stand indoor. With this dedication, you now have everything you need to produce a gorgeous work of living art, and it’s time to get planting.
The soil and fillers you use in your container make a huge difference. The greenery you put in your pots without holes drilled can thrive for years with a bit of planning.
While we understand the need to provide plants with a consistent water supply, too much moisture creates an environment prone to standing water, root decay, and disease.
It’s critical that your indoor plant containers have sufficient drainage. Excess water must be drained from the root zone, and proper air circulation among the root tips must be promoted for plants to thrive. When there are no drain holes in your container, there are a few options depending on your needs. Let’s take a look at a couple of them.
1: Use of Plant Risers
Plant risers are an excellent way to encourage good air circulation and fight off potential disease by placing them at the base of containers without drainage holes. Raising your decorative indoor planter pots will also prevent moisture from forming at the bottom of the pot, which will harm the surface it is resting on.
2: Fillers Other than Soil
Fillers are a wonderful solution for planters without drainage holes since they provide a place for any excess water to go while also saving money by taking up space that would otherwise be filled with excess soil, which is an expensive and heavy option.
There are a few things to think about while selecting a filler. The first is the issue of weight. Will this container stay put, or will it be moved about as the seasons change? Both soil & fillers can quickly fill the container with too much weight.
Items that do not quickly decompose or react with soil are ideal fillers. Ping pong balls, empty plastic water bottles, and packing peanuts are all excellent examples of lightweight materials (ensure that they are not cornstarch peanuts and are non-biodegradable).
Ways to Combat High Amount of Water from Killing Plants
Many garden centers provide clay pebbles that can be placed at the bottom of a container for optimum drainage. While these materials can undoubtedly be used as a filler if you rely on them for adequate draining in a hole-less pot.
Although water flows downward due to gravity. The potting soil is water-loving and will function as a sponge. Until the water is thoroughly saturated, it will resist transferring from a minor substance (soil) to a rougher substance.
Selecting a filler that allows water to quickly transfer from oversaturated soil to the filler reduces the risk of root rot & disease. Furthermore, once the water has traveled through the soil and into the pebbles, there is insufficient wicking to return the water to the roots.
A little more effort spent preparing and organizing your container will result in an artistic work of art that you can appreciate for many days ahead!