Step 8: Fill, hang and enjoy

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I'm not going to go too deep into planting your plants in the bottle as there are a lot of resources out there. What I do is fill the bottle up half way (depending on how long the roots are. Keeping your cap on the bottle helps keep pour out and spills away at this time) then seal the bottom, but you could easily use a funnel after sealing the bottle. Insert the plant and fill to the top with more soil. Give the bottle a good watering while the plant is upright in it and get a good packing down of the soil so that when you turn it upside down it will not all spill out.Keeping you plants well watered and not allowing the soil around the neck to dry out will keep the soil from falling out until the stem of your plant is big enough to take up the neck space (at least in the case of tomatoes, whose stems get to a very large diameter).
Use your preferred methos of hanging it and ta-da! All done! I usually use what I have around, which has included wire and keyrings, or thick twine. I would prefer to use the nice chains that many retail hanging basket have, but I'm cheap and it would be like lipstick on a pig being put on cut up bottles and all.
I've thought about trying out Kryolon's Plastic Fusion line of spray paint to color them wild and fun colors, but decided I like seeing the root systems EXPLODE inside my cheap little contraption.

After you hang simply fill the resevoir with water and it will slowly soak into the soil.

Now watch it grow!
luckyduese5 years ago
what keeps the dirt from falling out the neck when it hangs upside down?
Moistened potting soil sticks together just fine. Even if it becomes bone dry afterwards, it still forms a ball that would stay in there. Also, plant roots would bind the whole thing together. It would actually be a bit of a pain to get the soil to fall out of a small hole like the neck of a soda bottle. So unless you were to use plain, dry sand (not recommended!) the soil falling out isn't a problem in the least. ;)
I was wondering the exact same thing!
Try a sock to help guard the bottle from the sun. Just clip the toe off of an old black sock (ok...so I used a hockey sock which is kind of cheating because its close to 24" long, and colored) - but I imagine that the average black sock could still be pulled over the outside of the bottle. Do it before you plant...its much easier, I am sure
Kaber5 years ago
I found that Arrowhead water makes 3L bottles, that have an invert iin the bottom- I will be seeing how well it works. I think I'll combine your water soaking idea with the inverted bump idea of 'Matt's Hanging Planter'
I planned on sewing a cover with some fabric scraps.
bamboochik6 years ago
Great! I made something similar last year and made a pretty skirt out of material I had around..took all of five minutes with fabric glue. Using these bottles for cherry tomatoes works great. Mine were loaded. Keep up the imaginative work!
AubreeMarie (author)  bamboochik6 years ago
aw, thanks so much. It's good to hear yours worked so well with the cherry toms. And oddly enough, as a fashion design student I didn't even think to make little skirtings for them but looking back to my food catering days when we put table skirtings on the tables, it would be an easy enough neat idea.
As mentioned, sunlight and roots dont mix, this is why planter bukets are opaque. Ive yet to see someone make this work with a tomato plant as well. Id like to though, I made four of these, painted the outsides and planted tomato in them. I think either our nightly winds have stunted and killed off 3 of the 4 or the container is just too small for tomato. If anyone has one of these 2 liter planters that works please feel free to chime in with a pic of a producing tomato plant in it.
fw20006 years ago
Watching roots is fun but watch closely for the deadly equation. "Moisture + nutrients + light = Algae. How often do you have to water?
PuQuak6 years ago
You could use an old towel to make a curtain around the bottle to cover the bottle and still let you peek at the roots.