15 DIY Houseplant Ideas That Indians Will Love To Try
Gardening is fast emerging as the go-to hobby for the modern urban youth. While it sounds like a demanding pastime because of the rigorous hard work, immense patience and careful precision that it involves, gardening can actually be a great way to detox and decompress after a taxing day. Gardening also helps you do a small bit towards ameliorating the environment. Besides, plants brighten and cheer up apartments like nothing else.
Despite these swell reasons to pick up a shovel and start planting, a lot of people shy away from doing so, due to a principal problem which affects many urbanites – lack of space. However, the advent and popularisation of the DIY spirit has opened various innovative avenues for gardening lovers to overcome this major setback.
Here, we’ve compiled some awesome ways by which you can spruce up your homes.
To make these, you’ll have to cut up your old wine bottles into two halves, the section with the neck of the bottle being shorter than the body. Now, take about 25cm of string and tie it to a piece of wire mesh. Attach this to the ring of the bottle and then place the neck upside down in the other half. Place your sapling in the neck and fill it with soil and water. Et voila! Your self-irrigating wine bottle planter is ready.
Alternatively, you can also make these self-irrigation planters using throwaway plastic bottles.
To repurpose old incandescent bulbs into unique mini-planters, simply remove the filament and place the plant inside the light bulb, along with soil and water. You can hang the light bulb planters with a thick rope or you can mount them on a stand. Get hanging light bulb planters on Amazon.
Make a gorgeous vertical succulent garden using an old frame! Saves space whilst jazzing up a boring monochromatic wall. Get picture frames on Amazon. Get wire mesh for the base of the frame on Amazon. Get live succulents on Amazon.
Terrariums are the new craze among avid horticulturalists. They are basically mini-gardens or tiny ecosystems. The fun part is that they’re extremely easy and simple to make.
Take an old glass container with an open top, like a fish bowl or an old aquarium. Firstly, fill the container with rocks and pebbles; this will act as the drainage layer. Next, sprinkle some activated charcoal over this layer; this will help in preventing bacterial infestation. Add soil next, and then you’re welcome to plant anything in your DIY terrarium, ranging from tropical plants, ferns to cacti and succulents.
Using railing planters is another way to avoid the pesky problem of space. You can fasten these to the railings of your balcony or the grill of your windows, thereby leaving you with a sufficient room. Get railing planters on Amazon.
Make beautiful flower pots and vases using cement. Not only will they give a cool rustic look to your interiors but also serve as more robust and ecologically sustainable alternatives to fragile earthen ones. Get readymade cement planters on Amazon.
Incorporating some of these home gardening tricks will surely help you in dolling up your apartment, but in an ecologically viable and inexpensive manner.
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