Drainage in Potted Plants | From the Ground Up

Are you confused about whether to put rocks in the bottom of your pots to promote water drainage in your house plants? Donna Hoffman helps explain why you shouldn’t use rocks in your pots and how the drainage process works.

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  1. Hello, if I have a container that I am going to use as a centerpiece bowl with some live plants; in this case begonias, and it is a season thing not long term. Would you recommend something in the bottom of the container in this case to help the plants since there is not a drainage hole on this decorative bowl?

  2. So no rocks/pebbles to plug the drainage holes? How do you keep the soil from washing out then? Most of my pots have at least 3 – 5 holes where I can push my finger or even thumb through. Isn't that big enough to lose the soil each time I water?

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