Houseplants forum: Pot size for snake plant?

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Mar 31, 2017 11:18 PM CST
I'm planning on making a ceramic pot for a snake plant. How large should the pot be, since I'm not interested in repotting it several times after it leaves the plastic container it'll come in? Will I need to trim roots? I've heard they can overwhelm and break out of pots?

I'm pretty bad at plants, but I've heard this one is pretty simple, and I think it's a really attractive one.

Also - I'd like to put rocks in the bottom of the pot for drainage instead of a hole. Just an aesthetic choice. Will I be shooting myself in the foot by choosing a non-draining pot?

Thank you!
Name: Gene Staver
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Apr 1, 2017 2:51 AM CST
Do not go with a non-draining pot. How big should the pot be? Kinda depends on how large the plant is, doesn't it? In general it is not a good idea to put a small plant in to a large pot just because you don't want to repot it later. Gene
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Apr 1, 2017 5:38 AM CST
You might make a non draining pot that nicely hold a cheap plastic pot of your desired size. You can water till it just drains out, but the solid pot catches the drips. I use this idea at work, so no chance of overflows.
Gene's point about not starting a small plant in a big pot and letting it grow up is valid. because the large soil mass tends to stay moist too long. With good well draining mix, you should be OK and could get a couple years out of this before it gets too big, That depends on how fast it grows which depends on other things.
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Name: Will Creed
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Apr 1, 2017 8:31 AM CST
Unless your Snake Plant is already badly potbound, then I suggest that you keep it in its plastic pot and insert that pot inside the ceramic planter of your choice. The ceramic planter will not need a drain hole. You can make sure the plant is not sitting in water simply by lifting the plastic pot and peering inside. In addition, if and when your Snake Plant needs repotting, you can move it into a larger plastic pot and then put that inside the ceramic planter.

Snake Plants that are grown in good sunlight do grow rapidly and will stretch a plastic pot. However, if grown in moderate or low light, it may never need repotting. Don't try to anticipate growth and put it into a large pot prematurely.

Using "drainage material" is not a good substitute for a drain hole. Excess water can still accumulate in the bottom and may eventually rise above the drainage materiel and soak the soil and all of this is out of your sight.
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Name: Steve Claggett
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Apr 2, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Make your new pot to hold a smaller pot with drainage. Putting a small plant in a large pot can promote root rot, the soil stays wet too long.
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