Conpots are primarily intended for inside use so are not made with drainage holes. People often ask what how to pot their plant in a Conpot so we thought we would write a brief guide.
We often find that shop bought plants have already outgrown their plastic pots and are ready to be planted into a larger pot. If your plants roots are beginning to come through the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot it is ready to be repotted.
To keep your Conpot and plant well drained put a generous layer of small drainage stones inside the bottom of your pot before planting. Small pebbles, gravel or aquarium stones work well. This provides a place for excess water so it doesn’t sit in the plant’s roots; overwatering is the primary cause of root rot and the downfall of most house plants.
When potting cacti we use specialty soil. Cactus soil has better drainage than ordinary soil meaning it dries quickly once the plant has absorbed all the liquid it needs. This reduces the risk of fungal disease and rot.
When re-potting your plant you want the new top soil level to be the same height as the existing. To make watering your plant easier leave a 5mm gap between the soil and the top of your planter. A layer of drainage stones or gravel on the top of the soil allows the plant to absorb water more effectively. We use dark stones which don’t distract from the planter or plant.
Alternatively, plants in correctly sized plastic pots with drainage holes can be placed directly inside the Conpot. Cutting the protruding rim off the plastic pot means it will sit discreetly inside the planter. If you do decide to pot your planter in this way you will need to take the plant out now and again to drain any excess water sitting at the bottom of the planter.
Photos by Josh Fray