Plants

Self Watering Planter by Joey Roth

Holiday travel is booked, you’re wrapping up at work, and all is set for you to head off to family/friends for the upcoming break. It’s only at the last minute where you have a minor freak-out wondering who is going to water your plants, and then rush around making a messy shoestring wick for the 2 to 3 plants that won’t survive without steady irrigation. Nothing against shoestring wicks, as they can be successful if done correctly, but this self watering planter by Joey Roth seems like a better (looking) solution. The planter’s earthenware central chamber allows water to slowly seep into the soil as the plant absorbs only what it needs. The planter is inspired by the Olla, an ancient irrigation tool used in arid climates.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Joey Roth

Stainless Steel Bonsai Shears

Make Magazine’s recent mention of Bonsai Shears brought to mind one of my own recent experiences. For a while now I’ve attempted to keep alive a variety of plants, and I’ve been somewhat successful. However, out of all those experiences, perhaps the most disappointing was losing a small bonsai tree to the Texas weather (and my ineptitude).

A recent find of the Jabily succulent (Operculicarya decaryi), which can be grown as a bonsai and is easy to care for (lots of sun, lots of water), has offered redemption. Before the Jabily, I had two okay-ish pruners: one of which I never used because it was cheap and didn’t work well, and the other I reluctantly used, but it wasn’t exactly ergonomic. After the Jabily, I obtained two pairs of Japanese stainless steel butterfly scissors* of different size and function; I’m serious this time.

Having the right tool for the right job makes a difference, as you may know, and the proper pruning scissors I purchased work better and will last longer than my previous pairs. Also, as it often happens, because I invested a little more money I find myself taking extra care to wipe the blades and keep them in tip-top shape.
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Price: $37.11
Available from: Japanese-Cutlery.com

Living Wall Planter

Nice! Woolly Pocket is adding a new product to their selection: the Living Wall Planter. It’s modular (like the regular wall pockets), yet it has a hard vented shell that is equipped with a self-watering tank. The vented shell allows extra moisture to evaporate so that roots are healthy. So, just when you thought gardening couldn’t get any easier, it does. The planters are easy to hang and are safe for growing food indoors and out.

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Price: $26.99
Available from: Woolly Pocket

Click & Grow Smartpot

Thanks to this electronic Click & Grow smartpot, if you’ve no green thumb, you don’t have to give up on indoor plants completely. There’s no daily watering and no fertilizing, you just start the kit by adding batteries and 1 liter of water and then sit back and wait for the smart technology to do its job. You’ll need to refill the water reservoir after a month or two, but that’s the minimal maintenance needed. Watch the video below for reassurance. Starter kits are $60 and refills are $20.
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Price: $59.99
Available from: Click & Grow

Pill Terrarium

Need a mid-sized terrarium? This modern pill-shaped terrarium by Chive will blend easily with modern interiors. It’s a pretty decent size as well: 14″ high by 9″ diameter. If you’re fond of small pod-like vases and such, be sure to check out Chive’s other offerings.
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Price: $145.00
Available from: Chive

Socker Greenhouse

Hey, IKEA, nice job. For $20, a lot of us could do much worse, and even though it’s not available online (possible glass breakage during shipment?), it’s completely worth checking out if your plants need some tender loving care. The roof vents allow air to circulate as needed, and with any luck, your thumbs will start to look a little greener.

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Price: $19.99
Available from: IKEA

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The Flower Chain

It’s a flower chain: a 5 foot long chain of loops to hold small pots of plants and flowers. Could be a great fit for small spaces where a little greenery is needed, don’t you think? With a little elbow grease and a sewing machine, you might be able to whip up one of these yourself, but for those of you that don’t have either, luckily you can purchase however many you want. And, if you’d like a bigger version, sit tight; an 8 foot long version that holds bigger pots will be available next spring.
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Price: $20.00 and up
Available from: The Flower Chain

Urbio Big Happy Family

Last year we featured this as a Kickstarter project, and now it’s available for sale directly through Urbio’s online shop (hurray!). The polypropylene pots are magnetically held to modular wall plates, allowing various rearranging to fit your needs. As you can see from the photos, use the vessels for plants, office supplies, or whatever else that needs organization.
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Price: $8.00 - 175.00
Available from: Urbio

Terracotta Planters

Maybe you’re too lazy to lug back heavy planters from your local plant nursery. Or, even worse, maybe you’ve gone there only to find that they don’t have quite the right thing. Well, it’s your lucky day, as these planters are perfect- square, plain terracotta, for pretty good prices (+$5 flat fee shipping). Note: the tallest is 22″h, so they’re not huge, but they are good sizes for medium plants.

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Price: $14.95 - 29.95
Available from: CB2

Pony Planters

Despite this planter feeling a little or a lot like an elongated tin can, it offers a great versatile option for adding greenery to your porch, patio or balcony. Stack the large and small planters as you wish to fit your space perfectly, or space them apart to add spots of color to a larger outdoor area.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: CB2

Micro-Green Kits

If you’re not incredibly gifted with gardening, these kits might be your sort of thing. The recycled steel box contains two full crops of seeds, a soilless growing medium, a bamboo lid, and, of course, directions. Your salad-ready, USDA-certified organic sprouts will be ready for harvesting in around 7-14 days. Not to encourage failure, but the container might be useful for other organizational purposes if you decide to put an end to your windowsill garden. You have your choice between a Spice or Veggie Kit (see below for details).

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Price: $40.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Sculptural Cork Container

Seeing as it’s about time to get out the garden tools, these cork containers could be something to add to your shopping list. Potted plants are oh-so-necessary for small patios and balconies, not to mention the indoor territory, but it’s often hard to find pots that fit within the modern aesthetic… that don’t cost an arm and a leg, that is. Now, if you should choose these cork containers, you’d not need to worry one bit, as they’re a natural material, and they would blend right in with their surroundings. It should also be noted they’d do just fine as a storage container as well.
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Price: $60.00 - 275.00
Available from: Bitters Co.

BLUEiQ Miniature Ecosystem

So, if you like the idea of having a little ecosystem to look at in your home/office/classroom/etc, but don’t want to dedicate a whole lot of time, this might be for you. The BLUEiQ has options- you choose which rocks, plants, livestock (shrimp/snails), then just follow the instructions once it all arrives and you’ll have a miniature ecosystem that requires little upkeep- just top up the water when it evaporates.
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Price: $79.00
Available from: BLUEiQ

Dodecahedron and Cube Terrarium

Just when you thought you’d be sick of terrariums, these two beauties pop up. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Geometric Terrariums posted a while back are from Score + Solder as well, as they look identical, so if you want to take in the whole collection I’d recommend starting there.
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Price: $110.00 - 160.00
Available from: Old Faithful Shop

EcoSphere

This might be the best gift ever, unless the recipient is extremely clumsy. It’s a whole ecosystem completely enclosed in handblown glass. With sufficient light and a comfortable room temperature, the shrimp, algae and microbes will coexist peacefully in their own little world without any help. Plus, when the life span of 2 to 3 years is up (some have lived up to 10 years), each EcoSphere comes with a replacement, recharge or upgrade policy.

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Price: $54.95 - 395.00

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