In a nutshell? Healthy roots make for a healthy plant.
Roots left to sit in excess water will inevitably rot sooner rather than later. This in turn will prevent your plant from being able to absorb all the vital nutrients it needs, resulting in one very unhappy plant.
Now, ensuring your plant's roots are in tip-top shape is not always the easiest task. While some plants will let you know whether they have been under or overwatered through their leaves, others are less transparent. By the time you can physically see the effects of poor drainage, it may already be too late.
Unfortunately, we can’t see a plant's root system, but it is one of the most important factors when it comes to nurturing a thriving specimen.
When I first founded Capra Designs, it was born largely out of adoration of plant life and partly out of frustration in not being able to find indoor plant pots that were both aesthetically pleasing and functionally suitable to get the most out of my fauna and flora. That’s why it was so important all our pots come with drainage built in.
In practice, that takes the form of pots with water trays built in, or functionally placed drainage holes. We are proud to offer a product line we 100% believe in, delivering on our goal for beautiful form and reliable function combined.
For anyone passionate about the well-being of their indoor plants, it is vitally important to opt for quality planters with drainage. Sitting water really is the last thing you want anywhere near your plants. In addition to causing root rot, stagnant water is also a breeding ground for bacteria and blooms of fungi. If you have ever noticed gnats hovering around your plants, this is also likely a result of water trapped at the base of your plant pot (speaking from experience, a gnat infestation is not something you want to deal with!).
An indoor plant pot with drainage will go a long way to mitigate the effects of overwatering but it is also important to consider the general watering needs of your plant. Some plants thrive in humid environments while others, such as succulents and cacti, can go weeks at a time without needing watering. Some specimens need water applied directly to their roots while others love nothing more than a light misting. Hey, nobody said growing green thumbs was easy, but it is definitely worth it!
Finally, a key factor that is sometimes overlooked is the time of year. As the season's change, so does the amount of water a plant needs. Now that we are beginning to enter the colder months, plants require less water as the sun is no longer playing an active role in evaporating surface water. We know it’s easier said than done, but sometimes loving your plants from afar is the best form of love!
Featured above is our Spring Pot which like all our pots has a tray that can be easily removed to promote proper drainage (without any mess!).
Here at Capra Designs, we are always on hand to answer your questions. Whether you have a query regarding a particular plant or you want help selecting the most appropriate planter with drainage, please get in touch at email@example.com. Just be sure to write ‘Blog Question’ as the subject line so we know where to direct your query!
As the leaves turn orange and yellow, we can’t wait to see you and your plants thriving indoors!
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