These Houseplants Don’t Need Pots With Drainage

Most houseplants need to be grown in pots with some sort of drainage. If the water doesn’t have a chance to get out of the pot, it will sink to the bottom, causing the roots to rot and eventually the plant to die.

But what if you’re looking for something so easy to maintain that drainage won’t be a problem? In that case, you’re in luck, because there are houseplants that don’t need pots with drainage. Here are some examples.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Maria)

This houseplant grows best in moist soil, so lack of drainage is not a problem. Of course, the idea isn’t to keep the Chinese evergreen ‘s soil damp or waterlogged, but to keep it from drying out: something that might be easier to control in a pot without holes in the bottom. One potential downside is that the Chinese evergreen is toxic to dogs and cats , so pet owners may consider purchasing a different plant.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants are popular with beginners for many reasons, one of which is that they don’t need to be placed in a pot with drainage holes. In fact, as you may remember from experiments in elementary school science class, you can start growing gossamer cuttings in a bowl of water.

Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides)

Given its ability to grow by hanging from trees, it’s no surprise that Spanish moss is a fairly hardy plant. And if you want to grow some of them as a houseplant, you don’t have to worry about finding a pot with drainage, or any soil, for that matter. Spanish moss gets its water and nutrients from the atmosphere, so instead of mud and drainage, you’ll be spraying it with water and liquid fertilizer.


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