|Dalbergia sissoo cuttings in teeter totter planter|
I must confess, I'm a compulsive collector of seeds, plant cuttings and any item with a potential to grow and doesn't cost anything. It's a really interesting compulsion in many ways, but it also is cause for some creative solutions to issues that crop up due to the volume of cuttings, seeds and sprouts, wanting to be organized, and generally keeping things looking nice. I jumped on the bandwagon of converting ex-beverage bottles to self-watering planters and this is mostly what this post is about.
|Dalbergia sissoo cuttings and seeds|
The sissoo cuttings ended up in the teeter totter planter. I went on an expedition earlier in the morning to collect some sissoo suckers and red yucca seeds. This was a good time for the sissoo because cuttings are best taken in the mornings and sissoo cuttings perform well during the monsoon season. The cuttings were trimmed up and a few seeds were collected to boot! (For more details on softwood cuttings, check out finegardening. Seeds were collected in case of cutting failure.)
|Kirkland spiced rum bottle|
The BottleThe planter started out as a Kirkland's rum bottle. I really like the shape of the bottle and didn't have any more wine bottles to convert. I discovered there is a reason why the wine bottles are so popular... They are round, no corners that prevent the bottle from being stable in the cradle of the bottom half when put together. Square and oddly shaped bottles may not be as stable when the top is inverted into the bottom. For secure seating, more
|Kirkland spiced rum bottle|
I'm okay with the teeter totter. I like quirky things, and the bottle won't be moved around a great deal after set up. Making the nice, clean cut was easy using the wet saw and Superlok Glass + Premium Diamond Blades Size: 10" x 0.085". This kind of cut just is not possible using the standard at home glass cutter, which we previously used with very little success on a couple of wine bottles (only one successfully cut).
|Dalbergia sissoo cuttings|
|Inverted bottle top prepared|
The soil was then added in the bottle top, drenched with water, and some holes were poked in to accept the new
The cuttings were dipped in rooting hormone and planted into the soil. Cotton balls were jammed into the bottle pour spout to wick water into the soil as needed. This is the same as bottom watering, and makes water changes super easy.
NOTE: We spotted the tree in a home depot parking lot and spent a lot of time researching what tree it was that we really loved for the shade, shape, bark, color and general appearance. In our research, we found that this tree receives a lot of negative feedback and are aware of the risks associated. We really like the tree and are willing to take on the responsibility of cleaning up the leaves, seeds, suckers and prolific root expansion.
|Avocado pits in beer bottles|
We're testing this to see if the dark color of the bottles will help with rooting the avocado seeds better. Once the seedlings and the avocados are on the way, we'll be updating or Bonsai Diaries with updates.
|Avocado seedling in|
Post Script: Other Bottle CutsWe successfully cut just one wine bottle using the standard at home glass cutter, which is currently being used for an avocado seedling with alyssum. We used some dryer lint for wicking and it seems to be losing power. We replaced the lint with cotton balls and the plant is quite perky today.
I really like the Kirkland square bottles for olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We
|Square Kirkland bottles as|
After cutting the bottles with a wetsaw and the Superlok Glass + Premium Diamond Blades Size: 10" x 0.085" blade, we only need to lightly sand the edges for a smooth finish.