I have had so many emails from people wanting to know how my mason jar planter is doing. I decided it would be easier to address it in a post in case others have wondered the same thing. It is so funny that out of all the room reveals and big projects that I do, that this little project that I decided on a whim to do and that took me less than 20 minutes to make has been my most pinned project ever! Crazy. Here is how it looks today....
THINGS TO KNOW
*Even though I explained in the original post that these are house plants, it has been pinned thousands of times as herbs. I do not know if herbs would work or not. I have never had good luck growing herbs in any container. I always plant them in my garden because of that.
*Another important thing to know is that I specifically chose plants that said they needed MEDIUM LIGHT and INDIRECT LIGHT. They are hanging in my hallway and get borrowed light from my kitchen and front room.
*You also don't want to have them in direct light because it will heat up the jar and cook the roots.
*Be careful how much you water. I don't water until the soil is almost all the way dry. And even then I add very little. It is okay if a little water puddles at the bottom with the rocks but don't add so much that it fills the rock area at the bottom.
*Buy plants that will not grow quickly. The tag should give that information just like it says the light it prefers. When your plants do get too big you can just transplant them and buy a new smaller plant for the jar. I have only had to do that once so far.
*Do not hang it near a heat vent. I love it in my hallway but decided to see how it looked in my dining room. I mounted it right above a heat vent. In the dead of winter. Can you guess what happened? They dried up in two days! Crispy, crispy little plants :( It was a huge "duh" moment. I knew better but just didn't think about it. So I moved it back to my hallway. It really is the best place for them.
*Add rock on the bottom for drainage. I used black river rock from the craft store. I wanted them to blend in with the dark potting soil. If mold is an issue where you live you may also want to add charcoal. You can sometimes find it where fish tank supplies are sold.
After realizing the dinging room (above the vent) was not the best place for them to be I had to buy new plants. That was back in January. The plants have done so well since then. All of them are still alive and growing.
This planter is one of my favorite decorations in my home and I get a reaction from everyone who comes over. It is fun, easy to maintain, and inexpensive to create.
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