Both these rocks tend to have numerous natural drainage holes allowing rapid drying of the potting soil placed in their drilled holes or crevices. Remember, the point isn't to provide drainage, but to water the plants so minimally that it isn't needed. Rocks and gravels are primarily used when potting succulents to improve drainage. Since the split rock has such a long tap root, you want their pot to be at least 3.5-4″ deep. Succulents and cacti naturally grow in sandy soils that drain quickly, and their roots should never be left in wet soil. To prevent, consider adding some materials like rocks, pebbles, stones, or pumice in the pot to increase the survival rate of your plant. Layer the landscape rocks at the bottom of your vessel of choice, evenly covering the base and filling it about 2-3 inches high. How to Use Pots with No Drainage Holes. You may have noticed stunning photos of these plants taking over the Instagram feeds of gardeners and interior designers near you. The short version is this: whenever the soil is dry, wait a couple days, then water. Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’re ready to plant. Light: Bright, indirect light. Source: By Wild. Pots or glass bulbs with no drainage holes should have a thin layer of pebbles, river stones, or volcanic rocks on the bottom. Putting rocks in plant pots doesn’t aid drainage or improve air circulation. They can also add weight to the container. This drainage layer will allow excess water to drain out of the soil more quickly and away from the roots so they are not damaged or rotted. Potting success! https://youtu.be/eHeNkq_zRHA www.youtube.com/gardenanswer www.facebook.com/gardenanswer Thank you for watching our video! STEP TWO. Succulents are a fascinating family of plants that store water in their stems or leaves. Most bowls don’t have drainage holes to let excess water out. With the popularity of succulent terrariums and unorthodox planters, “fat plants” often end up in containers that don’t have drainage. Small pebbles make a great soil cover for Bonsai, Succulents, and Cactus. Succulents usually tend to like well-draining, slightly more sandy soil, but they are not fussy. To create drainage, fill the bottom of your container with rocks. You can drill your own holes in non-draining pots, but a layer of rocks at the bottom does not add drainage. This terrarium-friendly succulent is often passed on as a lucky plant or a friendship plant. The most important point to consider while growing them in such creative pots is watering, especially in the absence of drainage holes.. Most plant pots have drainage holes, which allow excess water to drain out of the bottom. Add a layer of rocks to your pot. However, research has shown that clay pots, rocks and wood chips may actually cause the pots to drain slower. 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