DIY Indoor Water Garden

DIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtI was at the pet store with one of the little brothers a few weeks ago and we were looking through all of the crazy little fish they had for sale and right in the center of them was a huge case of aquatic plants – and my heart skipped a beat! I decided I needed to make a simple indoor water garden so I could take some home with me even though I don’t have any fish… Plus if I tell myself I’m using it as a project for the blog, I have a better reason to spend more money on plants! 😉DIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtDIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Aquatic Plants
-Glass Jar
-Aquarium Stones
-Water

How to do it:
-Rinse stones thoroughly.
-Start adding stones to the jar.
-Rinse plants in room temperature water.
-Put plants in place and add stones to secure and cover roots and/or pots (I left the potted ones in the pots they came in and then the ones without a pot you just make sure the roots and base of the plant are below the stones.)
-Carefully add room temperature water to cover the plants.
*If your jar has a lid, you will need to drill holes in it or just leave it off completely.
*Don’t place in direct sunlight.

*After a week or so, start using aquarium plant fertilizer.
DIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtDIY Indoor Water Garden @themerrythoughtAnd the plant obsession continues! Dreaming up a few more indoor water garden projects now!

xo. Caitlin

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  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    Sue Raddatzsue - I think that your indoor water garden idea will make a wonderful thank you gift for each of my husband’s teaching assistants. A well deserving teacher might also appreciate a “merry thought(ful)” gift such as your indoor water garden. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 1:12 pm

    Rose - What’s your source for your specific jar?ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 4:26 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - I found it at Michaels!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 12:52 pm
  • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 1:42 pm

    Lisa - so so pretty! Is that glass container from Ikea by any chance?ReplyCancel

    • Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 4:25 pm

      Caitlin McGrath - Thank you! It’s actually from Michaels!ReplyCancel

  • Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 6:20 pm

    Jess | Rose & Fig - This is gorgeous and so simple! Love the white aquarium stones. I wonder if it would in a closed-top jar, like a terrarium?ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:02 am

    Heather~FurnishMyWay - I absolutely LOVE this project. I’ve always admired water plants, but have had no where to put them! I may have to give this a try… Do you know if you’d also be able to put fish in the water garden, or would there have to be a pump of some kind?ReplyCancel

    • Friday, June 3, 2016 - 9:57 am

      Caitlin McGrath - Glad you like it! I think a lot of people put Bettas in with them depending on the type of plants you use.ReplyCancel

      • Monday, June 6, 2016 - 11:36 am

        Paige - All due respect, BUT DO NOT PUT A BETTA FISH IN THESE CONTAINERS. Betta fish are able to live for 10+ years in the proper conditions and these jars, while beautiful and great for PLANTS are not suitable for a betta fish to live it’s full life cycle in. Like all other fresh water tropical fish, they need proper filtration and heat to survive for longer than a year or two they would in something like this.ReplyCancel

  • Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 8:36 am

    Meg - This is such a cute idea!ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 2:43 pm

    Aly - I’m thinking of trying this! Have you (or anyone reading this) noticed any issues with insects being attracted to the water through the holes in the lid?ReplyCancel

    • Friday, June 10, 2016 - 2:29 am

      Caitlin McGrath - I haven’t had any issues with insects! You should definitely give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, June 20, 2016 - 6:14 pm

    Janice Young - My plants are turning yellow and water murkie,will the plant food help?ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 10:37 am

      Caitlin McGrath - Strange! I would try aquarium plant fertilizer and you could even try to add a few fish that will eat up dead organic material from the plants like mosquito fish or something. It’s also important to make sure everything that you added to your garden was thoroughly rinsed off before adding it to the jar to prevent murky water.ReplyCancel

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