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How to Plant Succulents in Pots without Drainage Hole

It’s not usually a good idea to plant succulents in pots without drainage hole. But it is possible to keep them happy and healthy. Their specialized stems and leaves store water for long periods, which is why you do not need to water them often. If you are planting your succulent inside your house, I completely understand the need to not have a draining pot. Soil and water can create quite the mess indoors. I have made that mistake all too often. There’s always the option of getting a drainage dish for indoor pots. They cost a bit more, but well worth it. If you decide to plant the succulent in a container that does not have a drainage hole, then here are a few things you should keep in mind.

Keep Soil Dry, Water Less

Soil plays an important role in the life cycle of your plant, so getting the mixture right is quite important. You can either buy cactus and succulent soil from the market, or make your own high perlite soil mix. It’s necessary that the soil has good drainage capacity. If you can, take the extra water collected in the dish or a non-draining container and toss it out shortly after watering.

Light Requirements

Lighting is one of the key factors in ensuring the health of your succulents. So if you are keeping them inside your house, then you should make sure that they are kept in places that receive an ample amount of direct or indirect sunlight. They love the early morning sun. Grow lights are fine too.

Replant Often and Propagate

Re-Plant succulents in pots without drainage hole might lead to presence of excess water, and root rot. So while repotting the plant if you think the roots have rotted, you can simply propagate the undamaged part of the rotting succulent. This is good news! One plant can become 5-10 new ones.


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  • i sure learned a lot from your web site . I am new to succulentS & just love them. I am in PALLIATIVE CARE so I CAN SEE THEM ON MY LEVEL. MY NURSE GOT ME STARTED ON
    THEM & NOW I’M HOOKED….lol CAROL

    Carol A Tribble

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