Bottles to Baskets: Greenery all around

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens,

While I really cannot claim to be a person with a green thumb, I have an immense love for plants and like to have greenery all over the house.   However, living in an apartment my ‘garden’ is limited to small spaces in the balconies and window sills and grills.  Since space is a constraint most of my greens are limited to small pots, mugs and odd containers.  While I have lots of  water plants in glass containers, I recently discovered that bottles filled with soil also give great results as elaborated below.

The glass (preferably plain/white glass to allow for sunlight) needs to be first filled at the bottom with a small amount of charcoal that is roughly powdered and then filled upto the middle with coco-peat. Then choose any plant that is generally sturdy and does not require too much water and sow it right in.  You are done!


Succulents, any variety with slightly thick leaves that inherently store water and even money plants fit the bill and grow well in bottles.  Slow growing plants are also a good option.   Take care not to water them excessively; I usually water them once in four days and sometimes even leave them for a week without water depending on the type of plant.  So if you are really busy but still enjoy the company of plants, this is a great ‘low maintenance’ option.  Keep them on your window sill and enjoy.


Unused cane, bamboo or plastic baskets can double up as planters.  First cover them with a layer of plastic sheet all around and then fill the basket with normal soil.  The type of plants that grow well are again small succulents and other slow growing varieties.  This also needs less water.


5 thoughts on “Bottles to Baskets: Greenery all around

  1. Hi Rashmi, liked the idea of using glass containers and baskets as planters.One question, are there any holes for the water to drain out?

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