How To Grow Plants In Glass Containers

Last Updated on June 13, 2022 by Real Men Sow

Plants in glass containers or bottle gardens are seeing a revival and are easy to make. Combining small plants that thrive under similar conditions is key – typically either in damp shade or drought.

What Plants Should You Grow In Glass Containers?

A bottle garden can be planted in any glass container. However, closed containers are better for plants that love moisture and open ones work best for plants that prefer dry conditions. If you don’t see what you are looking for, don’t fret! You can search in garden centers, charity shops, your kitchen cupboard, or the internet to find it.

Materials Needed To Grow Plants in Glass containers

  • Vintage glass bottle
  • Horticultural grit
  • Peat free houseplant compost
  • Moss, (from the lawn)
  • Plants to Grow 

Steps In Making a Bottle Garden

  1. To drain the water, place 5cm of horticultural gritty in the bottom. To make sure the bottle is full, add houseplant compost. Make sure to break up any lumps using your hands. Plants with lush foliage that can withstand low light and high humidity are best.
  2. Place the plants one by one, and then place the compost around them. Add a layer of moss to fill in the gaps between plants.
  3. The curved sides of the bottles will stop evaporation so water only sparingly. Make sure the compost does not dry out and become saturated with water. Place the compost in a sunny spot away from direct sunlight.

Alternative Plants For Glass Containers

  • Mind-your-own-business (Soleirolia soleirolii)
  • Centella (Centella asiatica)
  • Maidenhair fern (Adiantum raddianum)
  • Golden polypody (Phlebodium aureum)
  • Cacti and succulents
  • Hares foot fern (Humata tyermanii)
Real Men Sow
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Hello, I’m Pete and I’m currently based in the west of Scotland, in a small place called Rosneath, where I’m exploring my garden adventures. I personally started gardening around 6 years ago and initially, I started out by growing my favorite fruits and berries, such as strawberries, Raspberries & Gooseberries. Since then I’ve added a lot of vegetables and working closely with my neighbor, it’s been a lot of fun.