How to make a Bottle Garden

Bottle Garden always attracts interest. True bottle garden has a stopper of some kind on the top. It is a sealed environment. Moisture in air recirculates when it condenses. So you do not need to water plants.

The plants you use will depend on the type of bottle garden you make, do not use flowering plants. Clear glass is better than coloured glass and heavenly tinned glass. No chemical fertilizer should be used. If you cannot find a suitable bottle, try a sweet display jar.

Other materials required for arranging bottle garden are funnel, PVC pipe, Gravel, Charcoal teaspoon, for long stick, sieved mud, dry leaf mould, brick pieces and white pebbles.

First charcoal, gravel sand brick pieces are spread on the bottom of that clear bottle up to5cm. Then sand mould and sieved mud all are taken in equal proportions. They are mixed well, and then mixed soil is introduced through with the help of PVC pipe and funnel. The mixture should be filled up to 10cm in thickness. The bottle is gently shaken to settle down the soil. The level should not exceed half the capacity of the bottle.

Tie the spoon to end of one stick, using the spoon make small hole in the mud and balancing the plants between spoon and fork for planting carefully. You will have to remove some of the old mud from the roots before you put plant in the bottle. Planting should be carried out with at most patience and steady hand .Watering should be done very carefully using the PVC or plastic pipe and funnel until the soil get wet. Don’t make the planting media too wet . Any dirt sticking the side of the bottle should be wiped with cotton fastened to a bent wire. You should expect some condensation each day, but it will tend to clear and reform this shows that a balance has been achieved.

Bottle Garden doesn’t need watering for a very long time.

Plants which grow best are sanseveieria, chlorophytum, asplenium nidus, philodendron, marantas, ferns etc.

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