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What to plant in crystal glasses

Glass glasses are normally used to fill them with a drink, but… what to do with those that, no matter how much we wash them, remain dirty? Recycle them? Well, it’s definitely an option, but how about giving them a new pot life?

If you don’t know what to plant in crystal glasses, take a look at the pictures (and the words, of course) in this article .

Plants in crystal glasses

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Glass vases can be very interesting pots for small plants, and even for those that need practically nothing like air carnations. Likewise, very small succulents, such as Frithia, Sempervivum, or Lithops, can be planted in them. But these are not the only ones: if you want to have some easy-maintenance culinary plants in your kitchen, do not hesitate to plant parsley, mint, or basil for example. And why not? You can also put aquatic or riverside plants, such as the Bletilla, the Soleiroa, or the Acorus.

Of course, you have to be very careful with watering, which is why we are going to recommend that you use a very porous substrate, such as the pumice. If you can’t get it, you can choose to use the decorative sand that they use for flower arrangements, or even previously washed river sand mixed with 30-40% black peat. In this way, you will have some beautiful and very decorative crystal glasses with which you can decorate your home or patio.

So now you know, if you would like to have a little different decorative elements, give a second chance to those glasses that you like so little. Surely with these tips you get it .

How to plant in a glass vase?

Glass vases are containers that can only be used as pots for plants that meet a series of characteristics: their adult size is small, they want very little water or, on the contrary, they want a lot, and if we also want to have them at home, they must live well indoors.

So far, the ones we have mentioned are like this, except for succulents that will only be good in well-lit places; so if you have already decided on one, you just have to follow this step by step:

  1. First, you have to thoroughly wash the glass vase with dishwasher and water, and dry it.
  2. Then fill it with volcanic sand or gravel if they are succulent, or with peat mixed with perlite if not.
  3. Then, make a hole with your fingers in the center and introduce the plant without the pot.
  4. Finally, finish filling and water a little, avoiding waterlogging.

Can you have plants in closed glass jars?

It is not very advisable. The combination of lack of ventilation + humidity is a breeding ground for fungi, which could kill plants in a short time. Now, there is a trick: poke holes in the lids of the jars. These, as I say, can be tiny, so that they will not harm the aesthetics of the whole.

Plants in glass bottles, an interesting option to decorate

Who said that you had to have a more or less large space to have a garden? Now you can have yours in a glass bottle, choosing small plants, such as Lapidaria, Argyroderma, Lithops,… You can recreate the habitat of these succulents using akadama, which is brown in color, or pumice (in sale here ) which is clearer.

What are the care of the orchid in a glass vase?

Image – Flickr/ Denise Fasanello

You may have seen orchids in glass jars and fell in love with them. It is normal! Florists put them in a way that makes anyone want to buy them. But unfortunately these plants cannot live in these containers: their roots end up rotting as a result of the water that remains stagnant inside the vase.

And, in addition, the type of orchid that is most used for this are epiphytes, such as Phalaenopsis, which only aggravates the problem, since these plants, when growing on branches of other plants, develop aerial roots and As a consequence, these roots are exposed to the open air.

That is why the ideal pot for these flowers is one that has drainage holes, and that is transparent if it is epiphytic. In addition, it must be filled with orchid substrate, and not a conventional one. Thus, if you have acquired one that is in a jar, do not hesitate to transplant it in spring, or in summer if you have acquired it in that season, following this step by step:

  1. First, prepare the new pot, filling it a little less than half full with orchid substrate.
  2. Then carefully remove the plant from the vase. Turn it over if necessary so the roots come out intact.
  3. Now, put it in the new pot.
  4. Then, finish filling, with substrate for orchids.
  5. Finally, water with distilled water, rain, or one that has a low pH (between 4 to 6).

Related article:Characteristics, cultivation and care of orchids

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