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As far as I'm aware, the majority of plants require good drainage and don't like sitting in water. So what is the purpose of and what do I do with a pot that has no drainage holes in the bottom?

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    Those are not for planting directly. They are supposed to held the plant with the actual pot (plastic, with holes). They are for decorating your home and avoid excess water to spill on your window sill.
    – Johannes_B
    Apr 26 at 7:19
  • @Johannes_B what do you call the inner pot (i.e. what do I google to buy them?) And what do you do with the water that sits inside the outside pot after watering?
    – Tom
    Apr 26 at 11:17
  • The "inner pots" are just normal pots. Or better, we prefer the cheap pots, because esthetic and part of support is done by the external pot. You can put anything on bottom, if your inner pot is too small. Apr 26 at 14:31
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Drill holes into the bottom with a masonry bit.

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  • Is there a risk of cracking the pot when doing this? One big hole or lots of little holes?
    – Tom
    Apr 26 at 11:25
  • With a nice sharp masonry bit I have never had an issue; with water as a lubricant or not. Just can't use much force and make sure you back it up with a piece of wood to alleviate any pressure. The bigger the hole, the more you risk I would think. I just use a 1/4" bit and make three or four holes.
    – Evil Elf
    Apr 26 at 15:08
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Drill hole(s) in it. Masonry bits ( carbide tip) , do not turn fast and use water. I get neater holes using a smaller bit like 1/4 " to make the initial hole then use 1/2" bit to make a larger hole. A regular electric drill does best- you do not want impact.

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Like mentioned in the comments already, this is an outer pot where the inner pot goes in. So the inner pot is usually a plastic container with holes. When watering your plants, water drains through the holes and such an outer pot captures this water (just like a saucer would do as well). These outer pots are usually used indoor, so you can keep your windowsill clean. You ask (in comments), what to do with the surplus water after watering. Very simple, just wait like 20 minutes or so and remove the surplus water. Or try to dose the water so that there will not be any surplus water.

I use this system of inner and outer pots for almost all my indoor plants (see for example on my profile pic.). I think it looks nicer than containers put on saucers (but that's a matter of personal preference).

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If this is plastic, try poking some holes in the bottom with a hot screwdriver.

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  • It's ceramic so I'm afraid it would crack if I tried to drill it
    – Tom
    Apr 26 at 11:17
  • I've drilled ceramic pots many times. You turn them upside down, and drill from the outside in. Always use water around t6he drill bit. It keeps the ceramic from getting over-hot. Apr 26 at 15:57

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