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How to Repot Using a Planter Without Drainage Holes

Overwatering is the most common way to kill an indoor plant. Proper drainage is critical for a healthy plant! 

Generally, planters with drainage holes are preferred as they allow excess water to escape the planter and you don't have to worry as much about overwatering. However, due to the fixed design of The Plant Wall, moving your plant into the tub or sink for mess free watering is not a great option. 

You have a two options when it comes to watering & potting your plant wall: 

  1. Use a planter with a drainage hole and place a saucer beneath to catch any excess water (you can also use a bowl or bucket to catch dripping water). 
  2. Use a planter without a drainage hole and properly layer your planting matter to avoid overwatering and root rot. 

Our Ceramic Planters feature a drainage hole and include a rubber stopper so that you can choose the watering method that works best for you! 

If you choose to seal your drainage hole, we've got a few tips for you to keep your plant healthy. 

Soil Mix + Drainage

Before repotting your plant directly into soil, try this layering technique to help with proper drainage within your planter. 

Starting with an empty planter, add a shallow layer of perlite or pebbles (about 1"). Then, add a layer of activated charcoal, this can be a thinner layer than the first. 

Optional step, place a coffee filter on top of the first two layers (the pebbles and activated charcoal). This will break down over time, but helps prevent the soil layer from getting too tightly packed down into the rocks and charcoal. 

Finish with a layer of soil and add your plant. We recommend a good draining mix when planting into a pot without drainage. Backfill the space around the plant with soil until full. 


Even with the above precautions, it's still possible to overwater your plant. Water slowly and sparingly! Remember, any excess water only has a small space to collect within the pot. 

A good rule of thumb for watering - stick your finger into the top 1-2" of soil. if it comes out clean, it's time to water. If soil is stuck to your finger, the plant is still damp and can wait a bit longer before its next drink. Moisture meters are also a good option and offer a more precise way to check on your plants! 


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