Introduction: Pocket Plant

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Not much of a green thumb? Not a really responsible? Tried to grow plants but they died cause you forgot to water them? A new, easy way to grow little plants that efficiently use the water you give them. I personally gave up on this project about a week ago. Then I saw they were growing, I haven't watered them for a week and they're growing! Using a tiny vial not only doesn't let the water evaporate and escape like normal pots, it also creates a continent carrying case.

This project was suggested by tech-king. Oh, and you can't grow cactuses in here (thanks tech-king)

Oh, and if you like this project please rate/vote then! All I want is a Robot T-shirt to look spiffy in.

UPDATE: I will try and add pictures everyday in the intro to show the progress of growing.

Step 1: Items

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What you need is:
Seeds (I chose Basil since it grows really fast)
Tiny vials (I just found these, I used 4 in this project)
top soil (or dirt)
pipette or syringe (some way of watering the plant)

This project costed be nothing cause I found/had everything.

Step 2: Insert Dirt

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take a tiny bit of soil at a time and push it through the neck with a stick, it should take you about 2 minutes per bottle. Put about 3/16 of an inch of dirt (approximate)

Step 3: Insert Seed

need I say more?

Step 4: Fill the Rest

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put about 1/4 of an inch on top of the seed using the same method as in step 2.
(I know it's the same picture, but it's dirt, not much to show)

Step 5: Water

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Drop about 2-4 drops of water into the vial using either a pipette of a syringe. I only had to water it once for the first week.

Step 6: Put It Under the Sun

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or in this case a light. Let it grow for about a week, I used my mom's orchad stand. It took about a week for it to grow.

Step 7: Enjoy!

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Enjoy your pocket plant!


Rubens?? (author)2016-10-13

why can't I grow cactuses? May be just a tiny little bit of water on sand and gravel? No?

humxa (author)2014-08-01

Hey, heres my plant roughy 10 days old, should I remove the one of the two plants?

becks2004rlh (author)humxa2016-04-23

humxa yeah i would if i were you, the plant needs to be taken out or it will die because there wont be enough room for the roots.

becks2004rlh (author)2016-04-23

humxa yeah i would if i were you, the plant needs to be taken out or it will die because there wont be enough room for the roots.

Ploopy (author)2015-03-23


fjersten (author)2014-04-28

Would look cool as a necklace!

maxsleight (author)2014-03-15


thehbird (author)2014-03-09


amuna1 (author)2013-12-10

would millet seed be good to use?

PINKmonster325 (author)2011-09-09

You should add an LED to the top so it gets more light.

atralheaven (author)2011-06-26

Can I use a darker vial with a blue LED inside? I searched alot but I just found dark brown vials

HamenChips (author)2011-05-20

I'll try this one but i'm gonna put some blue LEDs to make my flowering seeds grow fast.

eulaliaaaa! (author)HamenChips2011-05-20

Blue LED's?

HamenChips (author)eulaliaaaa!2011-05-26

Yup, LED's have special atributions to plants, search that on the net.

eulaliaaaa! (author)HamenChips2011-05-26


copper tube (author)2011-02-19

what is in the pot ?

ilpug (author)2011-01-21

lol interesting use for a crack vial. nice instuctable though. i might do this.

greenmypc (author)2010-12-23

This is an excellent project!

RobertoH (author)2008-06-20

Great instructable! i'm gonna try this with mushrooms when i have a chance

1oooop (author)RobertoH2010-04-11

 imma try it with cacti ;)

LemonLily (author)2009-03-21

What happens if it grows really big? Would it get jammed? That wouldn't me too good. Poor plant.

C18H21NO4 (author)LemonLily2009-11-13

I think it would die. You would have to take it out and replant it once if got bigger. This looks like a really fun way to start them though.

1oooop (author)C18H21NO42010-04-11

 ^^ I agree...

Jent13 (author)2009-10-17

You could also instead of using a vile you could use a tic tac container or a glass jar with a lid. like the kind you get spaghetti sauce or olives in.

bad ass pope (author)Jent132010-01-19

... a jam jar.

keno1010 (author)2009-06-30

where can i get a vial like that

redgator12 (author)keno10102009-12-08

Small plastic bottles at $4/10 bottles. 5/8 dram and 1 dram available:

Small glass bottles at $4.50/10 bottle: 5/8 dram, 1/2 dram, and 1 dram available:

J@50n (author)2009-10-17

 Great instructable! Thanks!

container_gardener (author)2009-08-16

I love the shelf. I've been trying to think of a way to keep my plants alive when I bring them indoors this winter. Thanks.

Warlrosity (author)dombeef2009-06-27

II know!!!

Lithium Rain (author)2008-06-15

"I've got a jar of dir-t, I've got a jar of dir-t, I've got a jar of dir-t, and guess what's inside it?"

Warlrosity (author)Lithium Rain2009-06-27

A... um... uh..A HEART!!!

PKTraceur (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-20

...? I Dar you to tell a friend who hasnt seen the jar until you finish the sentence... -PKT

Lithium Rain (author)PKTraceur2009-03-21

It's a quote.

PKTraceur (author)Lithium Rain2009-03-21

Ah. My mistake. By whom are you quoting? Cool instructable by the way, what other kinds of seeds does this work for?

Lithium Rain (author)PKTraceur2009-03-21

Idk, some video I saw online, I think it's from POC. Haha, while it is a cool one, it isn't my ible, so I don't really know...

A good name (author)2009-06-20

*sigh* It is instructables like these that make me question why I don't just go to wikihow.

boogyheadabc (author)2009-05-14

Why you got a syringe huh...? huuuuuh...? Nah.. Just messing with you

862now (author)2009-05-11

What did you do when the plant outgrew its vial?

italiantoast (author)2009-04-21

man, i want to make this so badly

awsomerthanu (author)2009-04-14

where in australia can u get them?

pastmaster (author)2009-04-13

you can but it would be bigger

Flash Gordon (author)2009-03-29

awesome 'ible i thought about growing something like that around my neck for years. i rated 5 stars and subscribed

Jaycub (author)2009-03-28

Mabey they should take these on space ships for oxygen/food.

blacksabbath7322 (author)2009-03-08

Can I just use a water bottle instead of a vial?

DogsOfWar08 (author)2008-03-24

Awsome, oh and I love your plant shelfs, I built one of those for my cactus collection, and if anyone tries to tell you cactus grow slow, ha!, not mine, I usualy have to do my light and water reductions 2-3 times a year just to slow them down! Great instructable, I also like to grow things in differant glass containers and am into dwarfing, and my favorite thing is grafting(making a new plant or cactus out of two differant ones). Hmmm... maybe I should do an instructable on that, lol.

tech-king (author)DogsOfWar082008-03-24

please post a guid of that. my cactus grew well this summer, but seems to be hibernating now

DogsOfWar08 (author)tech-king2008-03-24

Basicly catus and suculents need to have a rest period, a month sometimes two of drout and light restriction, length of time depends on your setup(lights or sun, humidity, ect)your little guys(well guy/girls, their multi sexual, lol) want to take a rest. I've done things the books say you can't and exceeded boudries, my best advise is the local library or google.... or wait awhile and see if my lazy butt can write an instructable, lol. I've been wanting to do one anyway!

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