How to Plant Indoors Using Pots


Plant even just one or two houseplants and you can add color and beauty to any home. Include a nice-looking pot that complements your plants and you've just added a decoration suited for a side table, plant stand or countertop. While there are thousands of different plants to grow indoors, as well as just as many different pots to plant them in, according to Clemson University Extension, there are some general guidelines to help you successfully grow indoor plants.

Step 1

Select a pot large enough to give your plant and its roots room to grow, which will depend on the plant's mature size and speed of growth. Remember you can usually repot houseplants without difficulty when needed. In general though, the plant should look nice in the container and should not appear to be too small or too large for the pot. You should have room around the stem of your plant to water it without difficulty.

Step 2

Place a layer of gravel at the bottom of a pot without drainage holes. Then, ideally, set another smaller pot inside the outer pot on top of the gravel. If your pot has drainage holes, you do not need to do this. Instead, place a drainage dish underneath to collect excess water.

Step 3

Fill the pot with clean, fresh potting soil. Usually, all-purpose potting soil will suffice, but if you are planting a cacti or an acid-loving plant, a specialty soil may be necessary. Fill the pot about two-thirds of the way to the rim.

Step 4

Insert the plants in the center of the pot and lightly pack the soil around the roots and stem. Add more soil if necessary so the top of the soil is approximately 2 inches from the pot's rim. Plants should be planted to the same depth as they were planted in their old containers.

Step 5

Water your newly potted plant until it drains out the bottom of the drainage holes. If your pot does not have drainage holes, water slowly and with enough water to slightly moisten the soil down to within an inch or two of the bottom. How much water you'll need will vary among pot sizes.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Gravel
  • Drainage dish
  • Soil
  • Water


  • Clemson University Extension: Indoor Plants - Cleaning, Fertilizing, Containers & Light Requirements

Who Can Help

  • Virginia Cooperative Extension: Indoor Plant Culture
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