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Posted 06 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

Hi all,

i like to use different containers to house my plants around the apartment... i will spray paint containers to match colours and change the looks .... i will group things into mini gardens that i can have in my small high rise apartments.... sharing some of the things i have done so far .

to start off... this is currently my dinning table plant arrangement which i change every week... the plants are all in vintage containers that i got online or from flea markets.

http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/Plant%202/20121105_181836_edit0.jpg




i find that tea light holders are almost made for cactus and succulents because these usu comes in small pots that fit nicely into tea light holders ... as u can see i have changed the pot colours to silver :)/>
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/Plant%202/Photo0123.jpg
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/Plant%202/Photo0122.jpg



i have posted this before but share again down here... my succulent / cactus dish garden i have done in the past :)/>
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/Plant%202/DSC00316.jpg
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20120618_193818.jpg


i will post more when i am free to take the pics...
pls feel free to post your pics in this thread to give more ideas of how to grow plants in our apartment in a beautiful way.
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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:43 PM

HI Brenbren,

You are truly artistic and creative! Lovely arrangements you have there! Bet you will doing something for Christmas soon!

Cherrio,

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:40 PM

Thanks Bridgehouse... i always feel having beautiful and rare plants are great... but if we can display them in interesting ways that enhances our home decor... it would be better...

Footed glasses or cups are great as plant containers:
in this case a small $3 succulent (unknown)
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121106_172036.jpg




and in this case a rare and expensive Agave istimensis 'Ohi raijin Shiro Nakafu'
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121106_171742.jpg
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121106_171800.jpg




Even without the footed cup... the Agave is also sitting prettily in a blue and white pot

http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121106_171840.jpg
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:45 AM

Hi

Very nice display again. I am going to have a go with a display of cactus and succulents similar to yours to put in my office room! Wat is the soil that you use for your big display with various cactus and succulent ?

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:21 PM

View Postbridgehouse, on 19 November 2012 - 11:45 AM, said:

Hi

Very nice display again. I am going to have a go with a display of cactus and succulents similar to yours to put in my office room! Wat is the soil that you use for your big display with various cactus and succulent ?

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for the big one:

bottom: hydrotome
2nd : netting layer
3rd: activated charcoal
4th: 50% coco peat 50% med size volcanic rock/pumice.
others: pebble , decorating sand , rocks, wood.

from my experience, all rosette grow / elongate out of shape easily unless u have a lot of light; some species grow too fast and also grow too big to look nice in dish.... best are those round shape cactus or those slow growing haworthia that grows slowly .

actually for office u can consider doing something small like this My link

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:55 PM

I think the plain brown pots r usu very boring... changing the colour of the pot is something we can do.



The purple red leaves of this begonia 'martin mystery' looks really good against a white painted pot... a brown pot would not offset the colour of the leaves.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/20121119_163144.jpg


If painting the pot is too much work...then put the plant in a matching coloured container:
this episcia 'malaysian gem' looks great in the blue-green vintage pot.. again the reddish leaves would look boring in the original brown plastic pot.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/20121119_164406.jpg

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:18 PM

Hi BB,

Good job, you not only dress your plants beautifully , they look so happy and healthy!Tks for the info...will let you know if I make a successful display like yours!

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:41 PM

View Postbridgehouse, on 19 November 2012 - 06:18 PM, said:

Hi BB,

Good job, you not only dress your plants beautifully , they look so happy and healthy!Tks for the info...will let you know if I make a successful display like yours!

Bridgehouse



looking forward to your plant display :)/>
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:42 PM

Today i shall talk about painted pots... with less than 15 mins... and a few cans of spray paints.... u can create an interesting range of coloured pots for your plants to decorate your home... these looks particularly good when used indoors.

This post i shall share some neutral coloured pots....Neutral colours like white, black, silver and gold would not go wrong in most setting... so make plenty of these... i like to have specks of colour in my home so i also make some very colourful pots like blue and yellow.(main colour in my home but i will talk about these in my next post perhaps).... You can make any colour u like... but remember to complement the plant and your home.


This terracota pot has been spray silver with gold rims waiting for its next inhabitant ... the original light clay colour is too rough to look good indoors(at least in my home.)
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121108_141406-1.jpg



i feel my Obregonia denegrii looks like a royal crown so i put it in a gold pot. :)/>/>/>/>/> this pot was originally brown in colour.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121108_134514-1.jpg



Too much gold and silver will look real tacky... so have some easy neutrals like white and blacks and greys.
Or u can make a combination like these.... i think the panda plant and dracaena look cute in this white and gold pots.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121108_135305-1.jpg
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121108_142433-1.jpg


This pot is sprayed white on top rim and black at bottom rim showing a bit of the original brown colour in the middle... Nice?
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121122_193200.jpg

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 07:59 PM

Ok let's have a pot painting competition - where the plants aren't important and a chance for those who know nuts about gardening.

Just kidding. I've got some painted pots from Daiso. Quite nice.
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Posted 23 November 2012 - 12:13 PM

View PostGreyfingers, on 22 November 2012 - 07:59 PM, said:

Ok let's have a pot painting competition - where the plants aren't important and a chance for those who know nuts about gardening.

Just kidding. I've got some painted pots from Daiso. Quite nice.



Haha... Painting nice pots is for everybody, gardening idiots and experts alike ... as long as u r willing to spend some time to be creative ...

It not only honours the plants that we all love so much but also beautify our home... thats why this discussion is under INDOOR DECOR IDEAS.


i started painting plastic pots because i prefer their light weight but dislike their boring brown. The light weight is easier on my fragile shelving... I also discuss about other containers esp. vintage containers that i buy from flea market... perhaps more in future post.

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:13 PM

Thanks for all these ideas! I thought of sharing some but my alternative containers aren't really pretty and made out of recycled stuff (like those huge whey protein bottles... btw, they make great pots when the tops are cut). I guess I could paint them too, but that still leaves the unsightly uneven edges heh.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 02:15 PM

Just a suggestion, if you want to make the uneven edges a bit less unsightly, melt it with a candle. That kinda smoothens the edges and also allow some of the coloured wax to drip down the sides... gives it a bit of a retro feel.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 05:37 PM

These are beautiful pictures. To store these plats in a very decent and respectful manner you need some alternative containers.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:45 PM

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Thanks for all these ideas! I thought of sharing some but my alternative containers aren't really pretty and made out of recycled stuff (like those huge whey protein bottles... btw, they make great pots when the tops are cut). I guess I could paint them too, but that still leaves the unsightly uneven edges heh.


Recycle stuff can look good too... talking about supplement containers... i just made a small hanging pot out of a medium size supplement contatiner... below is the process:


The original plastic container cut into 2 pieces :
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121126_144243.jpg
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121126_144258.jpg


one piece is made into a pot and the other is made into a saucer with hanging extensions.
some draining holes are made on the bottom of the pot (which is the cap of the container) and some holes are made on the extension of the saucer for string attachment later.
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121126_151555.jpg
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121126_151612.jpg


Time to paint... i think i will go zebra / graffiti style... put random masking tape on the pot and saucer and spray black paint all over:
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121126_152428.jpg
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121126_153011.jpg


Remove masking tape after 2 hours of drying and voila!! new pot waiting for inhabitant.... given the busy pattern on the pot i think a plain green leave plant will look good in it... maybe for my episcia 'lil lemon' :)/>/>/>/>
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121126_173508.jpg
http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww180/Brenbren1/Plants/20121126_175243.jpg


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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i151/AlbertPoon/misc/DSCN0269.jpg

Hello,

It has been a long time since I last posted. Stumble into this one by chance. Since it is X'mas thought just add a little to the festive mood for those who like to keep changing their decor. An alternative way to display your plants or any other purposes you can possibly imagine- even using it as a rubbish collector for your dinning table.

Merry X'mas

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:06 PM

Origami ConVases which can be used to display your plants:

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i151/AlbertPoon/DSCN0278.jpg

Folding procedures may be found at : http://origamiconvase.blogspot.com

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Origami ConVases which can be used to display your plants:

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i151/AlbertPoon/DSCN0278.jpg

Folding procedures may be found at : http://origamiconvase.blogspot.com

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very interesting... i think need to use thicker paper and perhaps waxy type so that it will not disintegrate during watering or misting of the plants.... good as festive season plant container... eg. bright red paper for chinese new year or red/green paper for christmas... :)/>
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:15 PM

brenbren said:

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very interesting... i think need to use thicker paper and perhaps waxy type so that it will not disintegrate during watering or misting of the plants.... good as festive season plant container... eg. bright red paper for chinese new year or red/green paper for christmas... http://www.greenculturesg.com/forum/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif


Wick watering is the answer. Watering once a week is possible. Also no water spilling on the paper.
Yes, good idea to suggest Chinese New Year decor. Must go start looking for suitable paper material.
Good quality paper can last quite long but not really cheap. One piece of gift wrap can only provide for a 4-in pot. But the idea is to keep on changing isn't that.
I like those double-page advertisements in the newspaper using unusually good quality paper.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 03:25 AM

Those are some nice ideas! motleygreen.com has some great ideas from users too! you need to check them out.
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