Make it Drain.
One of our core beliefs is that form and function does not need to be mutually exclusive. When shopping for succulent planters, we came across hundreds of different designs, colors, and materials. However, they all had a fatal flaw that was a deal breaker for my succulents: no drainage holes. When I did find a pot with a drainage hole, the design was sleep-inducing or was typically made of tiresome material like terracotta.
Why am I droning on so much about drainage holes? Different plants have different watering needs, but only a few plants can tolerate their roots submerged in water for extended periods of time. This is especially true for succulents. Planters without drain holes do not let water escape and plant roots end up sitting in a pool of water. If roots soak in water for too long, the root will rot, the plant will die, and the townspeople will soon chant, “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
We tried searching online, in local nurseries, and your typical home garden chains and we still could not find any that met my design standards and were healthy for my plants. This is why we decided to make our own planter: a unique, but plant friendly design with an easy self-watering option.
Don’t be fooled, putting sand or rocks at the bottom to help instead of having drainage holes is a common misconception and does not solve the problem. It only makes your plant sit higher above the water and takes up space where your plant could have grown. Though terrariums are beautiful, the glass bowl does not allow water to leave either. They are especially poor for air circulation and cause a humid greenhouse effect. This is why recently potted succulents look great in the terrarium, but as soon as you take them home they start to die from the harsh conditions.
Be plant friendly. Give plants their hole and make it drain.