planting succulents in containers without drainage
planting succulents in containers without drainage is risky, pots with drainage, always should be your first choice, but if you growing succulents inside your home and you don’t want any water to come out of bottom pot, here in this article we are going to talk about some tips that you can use and avoid killing your plant.
The reason that I insist on using pots with good drainage is because the root of the plant needs air and when there is nowhere for water to go out it stays inside and it causes the root to drown also it causes some diseases and if you don’t prevent it, it will definitely kill your plant.
One of the diseases that your succulent can get if you over water it, is called Scab, if your plant gets infected with Scab you will know by its symptoms which is, corky brown scabs appearing on the stem of the succulent. For fighting with the diseases decrease watering and increase light.
Overwatering also causes various fungi multiplications, brown or black ring will appear at the stem`s base above the soil. If roots show infections just cut away the infected and rotted part with sharp knife and always remember to wipe the knife with alcohol pad to stop spreading of diseases to not infected parts.
However, if you still decide to plant succulents in pots without drainage here are some tips to minimize the risks of spreading infections from wet soil. First is to water the plant as you normally would but after a few minutes that you let plant to drain whatever it can, ip the planter sideways so that the extra water can come out.
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The other trick for planting succulents in containers without drainage is that you use two pots, one with good drainage and the other without drainage. In this method your pot with holes needs to be smaller so that it can sit inside the other pot. And the extra water can go inside second pot and you can easily dispose the extra water, after that put the smaller one into larger one.
Other way is to just water your plant but in low amount, you will have to water the plant only the top 1 inch or 2.50 cm of the soil and let it dry out completely before watering again, which will need watering after 2 weeks.