Houseplant Finds At Ikea
I live about 15 minutes from an Ikea store. If you’ve never been to one, you should find the nearest one and get there. So much amazing, inexpensive stuff! Plan on blocking out a few hours for your first visit. I hadn’t been there in quite a long time, so I spent more time than I usually do.
As you can imagine, most of my time was spent in the houseplant and container area. I discovered some great cacti and succulents I couldn’t live without. These cute 4″ pots are a perfect fit for the plants.
The only problem, in my opinion, is the fact that the pots have no drainage holes. They could be used as cache-pots with the plants placed in them directly. They would have to be removed when watering, though. I would rather plant them directly in the pot so I got my diamond drill bit and got to work putting holes in them.
I use screen to cover the holes so the soil stays in and water drains out. I love how each plant has the botanical name and family on them. Cactaceae is the family and Neporteria nidus is the botanical name. Each label also, through pictures, shows you the proper care of the plant. This one is a houseplant that needs full sun, warm temperatures and minimal water. All that from pictures! I’m assuming the date is the day they received it. As you can see in the picture below, I use a piece of paper to wrap around the cactus when I’m getting it out of the grow pot and into the decorative pot. This is necessary to keep the spines out of my hands. Less painful, for sure!
Here are the three cactus and succulents potted up and residing on my West windowsill.
My next find was a gorgeous hanging metal container. This has a more Victorian look to it but I love it. Because it is metal, you could buy some Rustoleum and spray paint it any color you want. I may go back and get another one to paint…..wait for it…..green, of course! I also drilled a hole in this as well. Word of caution: use a long drill bit. I cut my finger when the drill bit twirled the container and the edge sliced my finger. Ouch! The heart leafed Philodendron ‘Brazil’ will be beautiful when it starts to drape over the pot.
And my last project for today. My front porch faces East and last year I used a bird’s nest fern on the bench. It’s residing inside now so when I saw one at Ikea, I decided to get another one. I found this gorgeous melon colored tin container and drilled 3 drainage holes in it. (The little tin container with pansies is also from Ikea.) I painted the shutters on the house green last summer and this bench, peach. I love the colors together.
I did get a couple more things that I will show you in another post. I had a great time doing these projects and I know another trip to Ikea is in the near future.