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Is it safe to plant in plastic bottles ?

Although i havve a garden at my house, i would like to make a mini garden on my balcony and i was wondering if it was possible to plant in a plstic bottle..

canucksgirl2 years ago
If you consider that most seedlings come in plastic containers, the use of a plastic bottle is perfectly fine for the plants. You can also recycle other containers just as easily. We've reused yogurt containers (large and individual sized), as well as other 'disposable' food containers. The additional benefit to plastic bottles is their odd shaped bottoms. You can drill holes at the base to allow excess water to drain, but put a tray underneath to avoid a mess.
Re-design2 years ago
There is one often unmentioned drawback to planting in plastic bottles. That is that some of them when exposed to moisture, sunlight, dirt etc. may deteriorate more quickly than expected leaving your plants with no container and you with dirt on your floor. Other than that it's a good thing.
iceng2 years ago
Sure, I have started Avocado seeds in shaded plastic :-)
Kiteman2 years ago
The only real danger for your plan is if you accidentally drop the bottle off the balcony and strike a passer-by.

As for the actual bottle causing any damage to the plants, or poisoning you, absolutely not.
FoolishSage2 years ago
There seem to be several plastic bottle planters in the related column on the right so I assume that it is safe.
rickharris2 years ago
indeed yes.