Wine Bottle Garden

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Intro: Wine Bottle Garden

I had a bunch of wine bottles in my window, and plants in the other window. But then my plants started having seedlings, and I didn't have a flower pot for them- and my wine bottles looked lonely without anything in them.
Suddenly, it hit me! Wine bottles could be flower pots, thus solving all of my problems! And it looks really cool in my window to have some bottles full of water, some empty, and some full of plants.

I did the first one less than a week ago, so no promises on the results (long-term, I'm pretty sure this isn't good for a plant), but right now it is so cool that I had to share.

UPDATE 3/10: Growing great! And I planted a few more. See last picture in this step.

Step 1: Get a Bottle.

Get your wine bottle. Clean it out, because alcohol will poison your plant.

Step 2: Put Some Gravel in It.

Fill your bottle up a few inches on the bottom with fine gravel- it has to be small enough to fit into the neck, but other than that the bigger the better. This is for drainage.

Step 3: Put Some Water in It.

Just because it will be hard to put water in it afterwards. Fill it up to around the top of the gravel.

Step 4: Put Some Dirt in It.

Fill up your bottle! Don't pack it in too tightly (the roots will have to go through this stuff), but poke it down with a stick or something so that it doesn't have air pockets that will make your dirt collapse in on itself later.
Fill about halfway up the neck.

Step 5: Plant Your Seedling!

I used a sprouting seedling that I already had.
This would also work with a seed.
Just pick a plant that seems willing to put up with living in a wine bottle.
Best if its root structure is straight down and not broad.
Put some more dirt around it so that it will stay.

Pictured are the seedlings and parent plant that I used. I have no idea what plant it is, but it doesn't die easily.

Step 6: Enjoy!

Probably your wine bottle plant and McPedro would get along.
Water carefully.

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    9 Discussions

    No- though I just planted one with oregano today. I'd shy away from root vegetables because you couldn't get them out to eat! But probably would not want to put most vegetables in a bottle because it is a confined space and I wouldn't want to confine my veggies' root structure!

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    kxner

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've been doing this for years actually, but I've been using only water. No soil. I have ivy and philodendron that have been alive for a lot longer than my other plants that are in soil. I fill the bottles up when they get low and that's all I do, ever. I call it my hydroponic garden. I also have a few beer bottles so they're a little shorter.

    I'm away from home for a few days vacation but will try to remember to post some photos when I get home.

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    SelkeyMoonbeamkxner

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Very cool. How do you get the plants to stay at the top of the bottle? My guess: the plants are much more mature, so roots trail in the water while the plant is bigger than the neck..?

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    stonio

    6 years ago on Step 6

    Looks like you have a proper tree growing out of it!
    Would love to see more pics when its growing.out of it
    Thanks for posting

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    ironsmiterstonio

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    That last picture is pretty funny, with the angle.

    On the other hand, you're comment made me think of all the Bonsai Maple trees I used to have to clean out of the gutters(before we went with a gutterless roof design).
    Those little trees, with their tiny little leaves, used to have about 6-12 inches of root... just about perfect for a wine bottle.

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    ironsmiter

    6 years ago on Introduction

    depending on the plant, it may do VERY well in there.

    The Jades will probably do quite well, till they start getting too bog(they LOVE being root bound). Once of a significant size though, it's likely to fall over and break. at which point, you can start the pieces in their own bottles!

    When i saw the first picture, I thought you had planted them in big hollow of an upside down bottle(definitely easier to transplant later). but that's pretty cool the way it is too. and easier to balance ;-)

    If you wanted to push even further, you could plant the babies INSIDE clear bottles.
    Trash into Terrariums.