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Expensive Looking Indoor Plant in a Glass Case

Walking past an expensive furniture store the other night, I saw a cool looking fern sitting inside a glass box. I thought this would make for an easy first instructable. Though it's not the hardest thing to assemble, it's a cool design idea that can be easily replicated for next to nothing.
 
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Step 2: Clean the Glass Container and Dry it

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I recommend using soap and water.

Dry it thoroughly so the soil doesn't stick to the glass later on...

Step 3: Test fit your plant

Gently place the plant inside the container to see how it will fit. The fern I chose will need to be trimmed to fit inside snugly. It's entirely up to your aesthetics.

Step 5: Place the plant into the container & add soil

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Carefully remove the plant from the container it came in. Gently place the plant inside your container. Add enough soil to fill in the container up to the same depth as the plant. Gently pack in the soil.

Step 6: Water the plant

Add enough water to saturate the soil, but don't overdo it, the container does not have a hole to drain out excess, so you'll need to water just the right amount.

Step 7: Enjoy your new indoor planty glassy thing!

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That's it!
artworker1 year ago
Loved your comment "Yup, this is an expensive furniture store. Perfect place to find instructables!"
ljrigway4 years ago
Throwing a Bonsai tree into one of these glass containers would look wicked cool. Great idea and awesome instructable!
How would you get the bonsai out to trim? I'd look like a bush again in a matter of months without pruning. Other than that, it would look awesome
When I have the time, I will do that!
axiesdad3 years ago
1st Instructible? It looks great; clear instructions, nice pictures, even good grammar and spelling. I hope we see more from you soon. You even make me want to get off my lazy butt and try to contribute too.
QueenQuill4 years ago
You could add a layer of gravel (pea gravel works great), glass pebbles or marbles, or even Styrofoam packing peanuts beneath the soil, and that will allow for drainage. I do that with all my plants that I plant in planters that don't have drainage holes. Plus, it would look cool being visible through the clear glass, in my opinion (well, the Styrofoam peanuts might not look so good...but glass or gravel would).

Anyway, thanks for the cool Instructable!
fizban75 years ago
Those cuttings wont mature into a plant if its a true fern. Each one of those fronds are single leaves of the fern. If you want to have starts, look near the base and you might be able to split a new plant off. It needs some size before you attempt that though.
one thing I add to any terrarium-type project is charcoal-not regular BBQ grill type charcoal, but specially treated- you can find it at your local nursery or garden center. It acts as a oxegenator for the plant. As there is a lack of proper drainage and air-flow in these types of containers. The only problem then, is your "little" ferns outgrowing their environment....but that's another project
darkdark7 years ago
I love the polymer crystal idea, you could add food coloring first so the crystals would absorb say, blue water and turn blue themselves. way cool I think i'll do this tomorrow
capheind7 years ago
You could try growing them in Polymer Crystals instead of traditional soil as it does not sour the way undrained soil can. As for growing the fern cuttings I would suggest placing a pot of soil inside a large ziplock bag, cut the leaves into sections and lay them on top of the soil. Close the ziplock bag and leave it somewhere with bright indirect light. I'm not sure if that species can be grown from such cuttings but I've grown ferns this way before.
boogaloo7 years ago
I agree with mirror mirror. For 1$-2$ you can buy black or natural colored rocks from the local petstore. This will provide plenty of drainage and if done properly can add another touch of style to it.

I'm definitely gonna try this when I get home. Thanks!
Putting a layer of marbles or colored pebbles in the bottom would add all the drainage necessary.
Alexdc (author)  mirror-mirror7 years ago
So far, they are doing fine. I water them about once a week. They seem to stay very moist.
steven07 Alexdc7 years ago
They don't go moldy or anything do they seeing the water doesn't properly drain from the soil?
Alexdc (author)  steven077 years ago
Evaporation seems to be doing the trick.
Seppuko7 years ago
Pretty neat :) I'm certainly doing this.
billien7 years ago
these were once the "in thing" in 1983 in my part of the world. Cheap skates uses to cut the top of the plastic fizzy bottles turn it upside down and putit over a plant in a pot. The plastic fizzy bottles had this extra plastic bit on the bottom of them in those days, you could put the plant and dirt into.

Fizzy = carbonated beverage eg coke
PetervG7 years ago
Be cooler if you did it in a square glass container.
Alexdc (author)  PetervG7 years ago
Absolutely, or at least a container with more room for the plant.
Or how about one of those crazy shaped, zig-zag type bottles that you can find at a lot of grocery stores that I think are used for flavouring drinks (granadine, lime, etc..)
And depends on how much you water it in the first place. Just enuff to moisten the soil not so much that you get an actual water level in the bottom.
pachanka7 years ago
Doesn't a plant need drainage?
krazy pachanka7 years ago
no not all planes need to drain. it really all depends on the type of plant.. and where in the world it is usually found. nice instructable.... i might have to do this