I love this project so much and it's so simple. You may live close to a science supply place where you can get beakers, a set of five is about $10. Even better if you're a science teacher or scientist (kudos, if you are) you can probably get them wholesale. I got mine here. It actually came as a set of five, but I broke the bigger two while I was vacuuming. I took the optimistic approach and stayed grateful that I still had three left.
Here's what you'll need:
- Plants - Mine are Climbing Aloe. I read they flower and attract hummingbirds. I'm pretty excited about that.
- I was lucky to buy this plant with three aloe in it. If you're doing the same you're going to have to separate your plants. What I did was loosen the soil while it was still in its plastic container, by squeezing the sides.
- Then take the plants out and gently pull the roots apart. What I do is start working from the middle and gently untangle the roots.
- You can line the bottom of your beakers with rocks if you want. Then start adding your soil.
- Put your plant inside the beaker and fill with enough dirt to reach the top of the beaker.
- If you've planted your plant too low, you can gently pull the plant closer to the surface. This is easier to do when the soil is wet. You don't want the green part of your plant to be buried under soil because it may cause rotting.
- Make sure to water lightly since there is no drainage in the bottom.
Here the are about a week later, no flowers, but still thriving. Remember, with any container that doesn't have drainage, you need to water lightly and only when it's needed. I haven't watered these since I planted them because I gave them a pretty heavy watering to help the soil settle.