Saturday, July 21, 2012

Layered Plants

Yes, I know the title is lame but I couldn't think of anything better.  What would you call these?

Layered plants or not, these were fun to make!  You need a few supplies.  Check around your yard to see if you can find some of it before buying the supplies at the store.

You need:

Potting soil, sand and a few different sizes of rocks/gravel. . .
. . . glass containers. . . .

. . . plant cuttings from existing plants (free) or some rooted plants. . .

. . . and active charcoal.  Active charcoal is a tad expensive and I didn't need a lot so I bought a clearance box of charcoal litter box filters.  Charcoal fish filters would work, too.

This project is so easy!  Start layering your rocks, big ones on the bottom with the smaller gravel on top.  Sprinkle some charcoal on top.  I cut the filters opened and sprinkled one over the top of the rocks.

Add your sand to the top of that and sprinkle on more charcoal.  I used about three tablespoons total - two filters.

Top with potting soil. . .

. . . and plant your clippings or rooted plants.  We trimmed up a philodendron and an umbrella plant and used those clippings.  Soak them for a few days to a few weeks until little roots start to show or plant them right into your soil.  Moisten the potting soil when it dries out.  The charcoal will keep the water fresh so that you don't end up with a moldy mess.

If I do it again:

My daughter and I did these while we were visiting in Idaho and we were supposed to take one home with us!  I forgot!  Next time, one is coming home!!!

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