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  • Writer's pictureKirsty McGilley - BFS

DIY Coffee Table Planter

Following on from our "Outside In" house plant blog, where I talked about all the benefits that house plants have on your health and wellbeing, I decided to show you how to create a beautiful house plant coffee table display, ideal for a coffee table or side table in your home.

Remember to do your research into suited environments for your chosen plants. For example indoor ferns like a humid environment so bath rooms or treat with a spray gun. Succulents and Cacti like warm and sunny environments so conservatories are ideal. Orchids prefer partial sunlight and not too much water so bark chip base might be more suited.

Step by Step Guide

1. Choose a low container suitable for the size of your preferred display table or display area. Make sure the container is waterproof and cleaned down before use.

I have chosen a simple white ceramic low container for a coffee table.

2. Add a few stones into the bottom of the container to help with drainage of the soil and to build a base.

3. Top up with multipurpose compost but leave a few centimetres space at the top of the container.

4. Choose 3/4 small houseplants to sit evenly spaced in your container. I advise using varied heights to add interest to your display. Remember your display will most likely be viewed from all round so try not to design front facing.

In round containers odd numbers work better.

5. Un-pot your plants one at a time to add into small wells in the soil and cover with more soil. Once all your plants are in the container, pat the soil down so each plant is bedded in nicely.

6. Top up with a selection of decorative stones or bark chippings to finish your design.

Water every 2/3 days suited to your plants needs


Another container design example:

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