Mini Greenhouses and Planting Pots from Plastic Bottles (Bright Hub)

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Recycling Plastic Bottles into Mini Greenhouses and Planting Pots

Article by Maddie G.
Edited & published by Niki Fears on Jul 26, 2010

Plastic Bottles have a myriad of uses in your home and your garden. Recycling plastic bottles for your gardening is a good way to reduce your carbon footprint.

More manufacturers are using plastic to bottle their products. From juices to water, consumers buy and recycle millions of these plastic bottles every year. Recycling plastic bottles into something useful is easy, and will keep them out of our landfills.

If you are a gardener, recycling plastic bottles into mini greenhouses and containers is simple. These bottles have a myriad of uses.

Recycling Plastic Bottles into Mini Greenhouses for Cuttings

It is very simple to recycle a water, juice or soda bottle into a mini greenhouse. These mini greenhouses can be used to start cuttings, protect an ailing plant, or to start seeds. African violet growers love using small water bottles as mini greenhouses to start leaf cuttings.

First, you will have to find a bottle that fits over the container you want to enclose in a greenhouse environment.

Cut the bottom off of the bottle with sharp scissors or a razor knife. Then, simply invert the bottle over your cutting. Your soil should be moist, but not wet.

You should be able to see through your plastic bottle at all times. If your bottle clouds up to a point where you can’t see what’s inside, you should remove the bottle and let the soil dry out a little before replacing it.



MY COMMENT (Willem Van Cotthem)

This is an excellent challenge for people to use their imagination and transform plastic bottles etc. into cheap but very useful containers for plant growth.  I have done many experiments with plastic containers and succeeded in convincing friends in developing countries to use them for production of vegetables and fruit tree saplings.  A number of these experiments are described on my containergardening blog on which I collected a lot of information and photos on this subject.


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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.