How to Make a Bottle Garden

Written by ann hudson
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  • Introduction

    How to Make a Bottle Garden

    A bottle garden is sort of mini terrarium. Able to fit on a windowsill, this project can be enjoyed by horticulture enthusiasts and can also provide a useful educational experience for anyone who wishes to teach children about plant growth. Standard, wide-mouth canning jars can work well for this project, as can mayonnaise jars and wide-mouth plastic water bottles.

    Finished bottle garden (Vickie Kapnas)

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    Trim the edges of a plastic 113gr applesauce or fruit snack container with scissors, so that it will fit inside the mouth of the jar or bottle.

    Snack container trimmed to fit ()

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    Attach coordinating hook and loop fastener (Velcro) squares to bottom of the snack container and inside the jar lid. Stick the snack container to the lid.

    Attach snack container with Velcro ()

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    Place a layer of gravel in the bottom of the snack container. This will provide drainage and help to prevent root rot.

    Layer of gravel ()

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    Add potting soil and transplant a small plant to the container on top of the layer of gravel. Ferns, mosses and ivy plants work well, but you can experiment with other small plants.

    Plant and soil in container ()

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    Place the jar or bottle, upside-down, over the plant and screw on the lid.

    Jar over plant ()

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    Run a bead of hot glue on the jar, about 1 inch up from the jar lid, and attach a length of 2-inch lace for a decorative touch.

    Attaching lace to jar ()

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    Care for your bottle garden by placing it in a warm, sunny spot and adding water when needed.

    Place bottle garden in a sunny spot ()

  • Checklist

    Things you will need

    • Wide-mouthed bottle or jar
    • Snack container
    • Scissors
    • Hook and loop fastener (Velcro)
    • Gravel
    • Potting soil
    • Plant
    • Lace
    • Glue gun
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    Tips and warnings

    A grouping of bottle gardens can make an attractive windowsill display.

    Do not place more than one plant in a single bottle garden. There is not enough soil to support a group of plants.

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