Recycled Plastic Bottle Plant Pot





Introduction: Recycled Plastic Bottle Plant Pot

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A plastic container recycled to make a home for a plant in need. An advantage to this method over a normal pot is that you can see the roots of the plant when they get too big, so you know when it needs more space.

NOTICE: If you are an experienced plant lover, you will know how to do step three, so it will be overly simple.

Step 1: What You Will Need

a plant in need of a home
an empty plastic container
a knife
(You might need newspaper for planting the plant if you are doing it indoors.)

Note: The plastic container will need to be wide enough to hold your plant with room to grow

Step 2: The Pot

First take the label off of the bottle. Then cut it so it is high enough for the roots to be off the bottom. If the edge is too sharp, either file it or cover it with tape.


Step 3: The Plant

If you are an experienced plant lover, you will know how to do this step, so it will be overly simple.

Place an inch or two of soil on the bottom of the pot, so there is no plastic showing. Then hold the plant in the pot while you pour soil around it. When no roots are showing, lightly pack down the soil. Then pour slightly more soil in and spread it around so it is even. Pack that down firmly so there are no air pockets among the roots, which can kill the plant. Then give it some water, and you're almost done.

Step 4: Paper Sleeve (new Update)


This step has been made because I was told by two fellow instructableers that light is bad for roots, and that I should make another step with a paper sleeve. Thanks to mistic and hybridracers for this step.

I gave away my first plant so I just used a cup for the pics.

To make a paper sleve, use plain white paper.
Measure the height of the pot from the bottom to the top of the dirt, or slightly below.
Cut the paper longways so that one half of it's width is the same as the measurement you just made.
If the pot is really wide, then you need to cut another peice of paper to the same height, so it will reach all the way around the pot. If you are using two pieces of paper, tape them together now. wrap the paper around the pot and tape together, preferably with masking tape. Leave the bottom open for two reasons. The first is that no light can get in the bottom, so it is unnecessary. The second is that you will be able to see the bott om, so you will know if the plant needs water or a transplant, or something.




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    good for re-cycling plastic bottles. I have used this method for several years and guess what- I found that I needed holes in the bottom to let the excess watering to drain out.. I used aluminum foil wrap to keep out the sun.

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    wouldn't foil make the inside heat up and kill the roots?

    although your method is easier, i would stick to paper for the outside but the holes on the bottom are a good idea.

    I have tried above methods many times.But my plants do not grow and moss is found in whole plastic and plant gets dead .Please give me any suggestions

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    It is possible that you are overwatering if you have moss. Otherwise, try with different species of plant. How is your soil, and what plants have you used?

    Is this an indoor plant or should it be put out side

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    If it's warm, it can go outside. I does depend on the plant, though. It might not have enough dirt to stay wet outside for long. If you use a larger container It will suit well as long as its not scorching hot out.

    actually, light is bad for roots make a paper sleeve to keep the light away from them

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    You could also try decoupage on the bottles. Keeps the sun out and looks great- very ornamental.


    Oh yes! That is a very good idea, thank you.

    I'm liking the idea, but as a newb to planting, I have no idea on what plant type is appropriate for life in a cubicle. Low moisture and artificial light can't be the best environment but I'd love to add some life to my cage in the office :) Any suggestions?

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    Surprisingly, there is a plant that absolutely love fluorescent light.    
     It is called the African Violet.  it needs a normal amount of water,  so every 2-3 days give it a good amount of water.

    am also a recycling fave i collect and save empty powdered milk sachets and plant my seedlings therein or used coffee cups or any drinks bought from fast food outlets and restaurants as well as empty cans instead of throwing them away to garbage bins

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    thats a really good idea!

    I like this.. thank you :)