Bottles and terraria provide a humid atmosphere that many plants love. Moisture from the plants condenses and runs back into the soil so thatis done by the plants themselves. You can also use glassware to grow plants by hydroculture, allowing them to spill attractively over the rim.
- Almost any bottle is suitable so long as the neck is wide enough to get the plants inside. If you choose coloured glass, the in an extra-light spot to compensate for loss of light due to the colour.
- Bottles, depending on shape, can be used either upright (bottom right) or on their side.
- Choose plants for their decorative shape or colour. Flowering plants will spoil the effect when are past their best. To plan, cut a paper shape the size of your planting area and arrange plants on this first.
This provides the same humid conditions as a bottle but because plants are easier to remove you can add a flowering plant.
First line yourwith gravel, spreod charcoal over this and add about 5cnn depth of damp mixture. Place your plants still in their on top of this to find the best arrangement, then plant.
Plants in water
This can be a very decorative way to grow plants. Use plants that have been rooted in water rather than soil, as differentare formed this way, and use aggregate to hold the roots in position. Hide the aggregate with pebbles.
Using household glass
Many everyday glass items make suitable plant containers. A wide- necked storage or sweet jar can act as a bottle garden. Drinking glasses, sundae dishes, vases, bowls and jugs are all suitable for hydroculture.
A narrow necked flask or bottle can also be used to grow a plant in water as the neck will hold the plant in place.
Colouredcome into their own in a bottle garden, where are unsuitable.
Medley of pinks
Mix plants with pink-tinged leaves with one or two blue-green plants to show off pinks. Choose from:
- Painted Net Leaf
- Painted Nettle
- Purple Heart
- Blood- Plant
Green and cream
Pick plants with bright acid-green leaves to show up cream-patterned leaves. Choose from:
- Wandering Sailor
Arranging plants in a glass or bottle is done in much the same way as organizing any other plant group, except that you will probably be working in miniature.
The background plant must act as a backdrop to those planted in front of it. Then add decorative plants, choosing those with colourful or variegated leaves, and, finally, if you have room, add a low bushy or small spreading plant.
For a bottle garden
- Group 1: with two Painted Net Leaf and a Club Moss.
- Group 2: Emerald Fern with , and a Bead Plant.
- Group 3: , small , an Aluminium Plant and a small green leaved .
For a terrarium
- Group 1: Miniature , Eyelash , spreading Club Moss and Painted Net Leaf.
- Group 2: Emerald Fern, tiny Staghom Fern and Mother-of-Thousands.
- Group 3: A Caladium with miniature Gloxinias and a Club Moss or a small-leafed green Ivy.
To grow in water
- Group 1: An Umbrella Plant with a .
- Group 2: An Acorns with a
- Group 3: Polka Dot Plants with spots against olive and dark green.
- Group 4: A Silver Vine with a Tradescantia.