Green Vases for Your Plants
If you like gardening and plants, if you think that the world doesn't deserve all the pollution and waste we produce everyday, then you might appreciate the following ideas. Your house will look like greener and the earth will thank you.
Reusing plastic bottles is one of the simplest ways to build nice and original vases for your terrace. There are many creative and useful ideas to give longer life to one of the most common pollutants on our planet. I particularly appreciated this. OK, you drink tap water. Me, too. It's clean, safe and public. But maybe your neighbour is not so ecologically sensible. So, once you have your bottles, preferably of different sizes and colours, place it horizontally, make two tiny holes in which you will put the wires that will allow you to hang the bottles, cut the upper part and here there is a great vase ready to host a plant.
Another genial ideas is turning the old bulbs in original vases to hang at home or in your garden, if you have one. Fortunately, the old polluting incandescent bulbs are disappearing since they have been banned but still in every house you can find some. So, these are your last chances to make these original vases. Everything you need is an incandescent bulb, some gardening wire and a pair of pliers. Remove the bottom silver part and the black plastic cap from the bulb. Be careful not to break the glass! Finally empty the interior of the bulb and cover the metal part with a strip of coloured fabric. Add water, some flowers flowers and hang it with the wire wherever you like. Good job!
Probably there is nothing more original than plants growing in old books. Books come form trees and we'll use them to host plants. Obviously, they must be that it's always a pain to thorw away the pages that someone once wrote for the humanity but sometimes we really find in our houses very old and pretty useless books we'll never read and that we wouldn't give as present to anyone. This is a real work of art that everyone can do: just cut the inner part of an old book, creating a space in which to place a pot with soil and flowers or a plant. The result should be more or less like this one.
Beyond apparences, plants don't suffer if grown up in a glass bottle. Almost all types of bottles and glasses are fine, provided that they are large enough to put your plant inside of them comfortably, but not all plants are suitable for this kind of container. Better to plant on of the following species: Acorus Gramineus, Adiantum Raddianum, Begonia Rex, Calathea Insignis, Calathea Mackoyana, Chamaedorea Elegans, Cryptanthus Bivittatus, Cyperus Alternifolius, Dracaena Sanderiana, Ficus Pumila, Hedera Helix Chrysophylla, Hedera Sagittaefolia, Maranta Leuconeura
Maranta leuconeura Tricolor, Neanthe bella, Pellaea rotundifolia, Pellionia daveauana, Pellionia pulchra. Peperomia argyreia, Peperomia caperata, Pilea cadierai, Pilea muscosa, Pteris cretica, Saxifrega sarmentosa Tricolor.
The lid must be hermetic but you should be able to remove it easily. Cans, small wine carboys, jars, bowls, the number of chances is endless. Coloured glasses are very nice, but be careful not to choose too dark pots as this may prevent light from reaching the plants. Clean it very carefully: it might have contained something harmful to your plants. Wash with mild soapy water and rinse it well. Then choose your plant and enjoy yourself!