How To Bottle gardens

Yes! For less than £20 you can create your own indoor self sustainable eco-system and we’re going to tell you how.

Bottle gardens make for a lovely display and are a wonderful way to add some greenery to your home or create an amazing table centerpiece.

Not only are they easy to make, they’re even easier to maintain – even for those of you black thumbed gardeners (complete plant amateurs). In fact, bottle gardens can flourish with a minimum of upkeep and attention, so you can sit back and relax.

Bottle garden essentials

A glass bottle or bowl/funnel wide enough to let the plants grow (the glass bottle can have a narrow neck, but bare in mind that a bottle with a wider neck makes your bottle garden easier to maintain). You can probably pick something up for around £8-£15 at any DIY/homeware shop.
Plants that thrive in a moist and warm environment and need little maintenance (suggested plants would include succulents, ferns, Selaginellas and baby parlour palms).
Pebbles for drainage.
Charcoal chippings or activated charcoal (to keep the compost fresh and minimise the odours).
Good quality potting compost.
A small fork or a spoon for planting. Chop sticks are a good alternative for pushing the plants in without damage.
Optional extra – peat moss to hold the nutrients and the water (to be added between the charcoal chippings or activated charcoal and compost).
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