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Plantgasm - I love plants too much. By Derek Powazek.

Tube Planter and Blooming Maranta

tube planterI’m loving this Tube Planter from West Elm. It’s bigger and more robust than it looks – about a foot tall, the walls are a centimeter thick, made of robust ceramics, but most importantly, it’s just gorgeous.

Like any closed-bottom planter, you have to be careful what you plant in it and how you water. If you leave water standing at the bottom, roots can rot. I tend to use plants that don’t mind staying wet (like ferns and jungle plants), or succulents that don’t mind staying very dry (like Sansevieria, which I used in a another one).

In this case, I chose a Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura erythroneura). I know, it’s a typical doctor’s office plant, but I love the pattered leaves. And bonus: It’s now blooming! See below for a closeup of a leaf and the tiny flower.

Maranta leuconeura erythroneura

Maranta leuconeura erythroneura

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2 Responses

WOW… that’s just gorgeous!
[Pot AND the plant!]

Posted by Donna B. on 30 May 2012 @ 8am

you’re always getting these average houseplants to flower – so impressed!

Posted by ellieT on 31 May 2012 @ 9am


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