Growing Chinese Cabbages in PVC Pipe





Introduction: Growing Chinese Cabbages in PVC Pipe

Here's how you can create your low budget green garden at home that doesn't need alot of space. I'm Vannak, Here in Cambodia, I'm living in a flat on the 1st floor so I don't have much space for doing my gardening. so this could be the best way I could imagined of. :D

Step 1: Materials & Tools

Here's what you'll need:

- Plastic Botles = 01
- PVC Pipe = 02 (5 inches in size or larger is recommended)

- Saw
- Scissors

Step 2: Cut PVC Pipe in 1/4 As Bellow

Becareful when cut the pipe, make sure it's straight as possible.

Step 3: Making Water Flow Holes

This time you can use your saw to make vertical holes along the bottom of PVC. with these holes the water will slowly flowing off the pipe and make your plants healthy.

Step 4: Close Both Ends of the Pipe

1- Cut the Plastic bottle as the first picture
2- You need 2 pieces to close both ends of the pipe
3- Make 3 holes in each end of the pipe
4- Insert the each pieces of the plastic in to those end and you're done!

Step 5: PVC Pipe Stands

Cut your other remained PVC Pipe in 2, same size and 9-10 inches in length

Step 6: PVC Stand (Cont.)

Cut the stands in V shape at the top of both stands, look at the second picture for the result

Step 7: Now, It's Time for Planting Some Chinese Cabbages

I assumed that you all know how to do this. so i don't need to describe much about it. because my purpose is making the PVC Pipe for planting Chinese Cabbages.

Step 8: After 1 Week!

As you can compare the previous picture with this one. as you can see the progress of my Chinese Vegetables.

PS: You can continue making more of these PVC pipes for more productivity. and put it next to each oher as rows so you can have many rows as you like

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    As I live in a dorm with even more limited space and money, i use 10 L water bottles instead of PVC for my bok choi


    Using PVC is a great idea in itself, but for plants to really get big and do well, they need more room for their roots to develop. I would recommend getting the same diameter pipe and cut it into several 8 inch or so long sections, put a cap or something on the bottom, and stand them up in a row. It would probably take more material but you're plants will have more growing room and it wouldn't take up any more space than in the picture.

    This sounds great, can't wait to try this, I have a ton of PVC needs to be put to use and at the moment no wood to make planter boxes for plants and seeds.
    Thanks for the great idea!!!


    I very like.

    Does dripping ever cause a problem? I'd think that the cuts on the bottom would make a mess on the floor. I'm moving into an apartment this summer and may have to give this a go!

    Hi, it's depend on the soil you choose, for me I choose Composed soil so it doesn't have alot of dirt. so when the water dripping down to the floor, it just vaporized in minutes.

    You can get a type of potting soil that retains the water, holding it unti the plant needs it.

    What a great idea! I have the perfect space for a planter such as this and I can get all the pipe I need for free. The local plumbing shop has tons of these pipes, in various lengths sitting in a refuse pipe. I'm going to try this idea to grow some lettuce and swiss chard. Thanks for the awesome contribution. : )

    I built a hydroponics unit the same way, the only thing you have to watch out for is contamination from the PVC pipe, it can leech into the soil, there are plenty of websites you can go onto that will tell you of more suitable materials, great instructable.