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The creativity of people on the internet never ceases to amaze me. Why have a bland anything when there’s countless adorable DIY inspiration online, especially when it comes to potting plants! If you’re anything like me, pandas, your humble abode houses a handful of plant babies as well, and there’s absolutely no reason why they can’t have gorgeous, creative pots.

Below, you’ll find some of the most brilliant ways people have ever potted their houseplants (courtesy of the String of Plants, Plants and Pots and Plants subreddits), as well as a conversation with plant expert Jane Perrone. Enjoy these pics from people who have green thumbs and genius minds, and be sure to upvote the precious plants you wish you could adopt!

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Super Pleased With How This Turned Out!

Super Pleased With How This Turned Out!

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A succulent on the windowsill and a money plant by the bed. Having plants in our homes just makes a space feel so much cozier, and there’s no question that foliage brightens up a room. Flowers, cactuses, bonsais, or whatever else floats your boat, having greenery around is one of the best ways to make your home more inviting. Especially for younger generations who don’t have children yet or don’t plan to have any, it can be rewarding to become a mother or father to a few little shrubs. According to Garden Pals, 70% of millennials identify as “plant parents”, and demand for houseplants shot up by 18% during the pandemic.

Unfortunately, we don’t all have a knack for taking care of these little, green children, as the average plant parent has killed 7 of their babies, but we continue to adopt more. Two thirds of American households own at least one plant, and the average household spends over $600 on gardening goods every year. But it makes sense to dedicate so much time, energy and effort to our plant babies when we realize how beneficial they can be. It only takes 15 minutes of interaction with houseplants to reduce your stress levels, and having plants around can even increase your productivity by up to 15%.  

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Guess It's Better Than Petting My Real Cats Belly

Guess It's Better Than Petting My Real Cats Belly

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9 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And you have equal chances of getting scratched by this as you would when you rub an actual cat's belly!

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One Of My Favorite Pairings

One Of My Favorite Pairings

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Another Redditor Thought You Guys Might Appreciate This Little Guy

Another Redditor Thought You Guys Might Appreciate This Little Guy

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If you’re trying to get your health on track, it might be wise to invest in some houseplants as well, as people who have more plants in their workspace actually take fewer sick days. This might be because houseplants remove up to 87% of airborne toxins in only 24 hours. Plus, having plants around can even benefit your cooking, as two thirds of adults grow or are planning to grow edible plants. Speaking from personal experience, there is nothing better than topping off a meal with some fresh basil or dill from your own garden!

If you’d like to invest in some houseplants but just aren’t sure which ones will suit your home best, it might be helpful to know the most commonly purchased indoor plants. Based on Google searches, some of the most popular houseplants appear to be snake plants, philodendrons, aloe vera, peace lilies, pothos and peperomia. If you’re in need of a durable plant, my partner has a snake plant that has survived various moves over many years in several different countries, and it’s still standing tall!

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Brah, My New Plant And Pot Are The Perfect Match

Brah, My New Plant And Pot Are The Perfect Match

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Heard You Guys Might Like My Air Plant Octopus

Heard You Guys Might Like My Air Plant Octopus

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My Husband And I Met As 15 Year Old Sophomores In Our High-School That Is Now Being Torn Down. A Few Summers Ago While I Was Visiting Our Hometown, I Snuck Out One Of The Discarded Bricks From The Construction Site. This Brick Is 112 Years Old

My Husband And I Met As 15 Year Old Sophomores In Our High-School That Is Now Being Torn Down. A Few Summers Ago While I Was Visiting Our Hometown, I Snuck Out One Of The Discarded Bricks From The Construction Site. This Brick Is 112 Years Old

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To gain more insight on houseplants from an expert, we reached out to author and journalist specializing in plants and gardening Jane Perrone, who was kind enough to have a chat with Bored Panda. We were curious how Jane first got into houseplants, and she shared that she’s actually been growing them since she was a small child. “I just loved them from a very young age. I find them fascinating and love watching them grow and change.”

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Snake Pot, Snake Plants!

Snake Pot, Snake Plants!

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thissss isss my plant. There are many likesss it, but thisss one is minesss 🐍

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My Friend Just Surprised Me With This Beautiful Selfmade Pot And I Can't Stop Smiling!

My Friend Just Surprised Me With This Beautiful Selfmade Pot And I Can't Stop Smiling!

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Jane also happens to be an expert in potting plants in creative ways. “I hate spending money on pots, so I tend to buy cheap containers from thrift stores and reuse things from my kitchen cupboards,” she told Bored Panda. “Salad dishes, casserole dishes, terracotta wine coolers and china bowls can all be pressed into service as pots. I add drainage holes using a drill with a ceramic tile bit.”

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Girl And Her Cats, All So Happy With Their Crazy Summer Hairstyles

Girl And Her Cats, All So Happy With Their Crazy Summer Hairstyles

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This Weird Ceramic Tissue Holder Makes A Much Better Air Plant Display I Think!

This Weird Ceramic Tissue Holder Makes A Much Better Air Plant Display I Think!

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“I also love potting plants in terracotta pots, especially cacti and succulents which tend to prefer this porous material as it ensures the roots do not get waterlogged,” Jane continued. “You can buy these new, but often if you look on sites like Craigslist and Freegle, you can find people selling terracotta pots cheaply after having a clearout of a garden building.” 

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Perfect Match. Loved This Combo So Much, I Had To Make My First Reddit Post

Perfect Match. Loved This Combo So Much, I Had To Make My First Reddit Post

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My Friends. He Doesn't Like To Have His Hair Touched So I Shake His Cute Little Legs Instead

My Friends. He Doesn't Like To Have His Hair Touched So I Shake His Cute Little Legs Instead

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I Was Told That I Should Post My Boston Fern And It’s Plant Pot/Stand Here

I Was Told That I Should Post My Boston Fern And It’s Plant Pot/Stand Here

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When it comes to what the most important things to keep in mind are when potting plants, Jane says, “Make sure that the size of pot you choose matches the size of the root ball. If you use too large a container, you end up leaving a big area of unrooted potting medium that can lead to root rot. So make sure that the new pot is just a little larger than the existing one - you should be able to get just one or two fingers between the pots when you nest them one inside the other.”

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Anyone Else Uses Random Items To Make Homes For Your Plants. This Is A Sponge Holder

Anyone Else Uses Random Items To Make Homes For Your Plants. This Is A Sponge Holder

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think it would be wasted as a sponge holder. Great how you gave the Whale a better purpose :D

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Painted A Pot For My Oxalis, I Think It Turned Out Pretty Well!

Painted A Pot For My Oxalis, I Think It Turned Out Pretty Well!

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You did a beautiful. Also super cook how the leaves look like butterflies 🦋

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“I also encourage people to try combining several plants with similar care needs in a single container,” Jane added. “It reduces that 'muddle of pots' look and cuts back on the amount of watering needed! This could either be done by placing individually potted plants into one large shallow container with a layer of expanded clay pebbles at the base to absorb water overflow, or by putting plants' root balls into a single reservoir of potting compost.”

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Had A Photo Shoot With My New Myrtillocactus Geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku, A. K. A. Titty Cactus, In Her New Home. I Knew My Tiny Flasher Would Find Her Purpose One Day And Today’s The Day!

Had A Photo Shoot With My New Myrtillocactus Geometrizans Fukurokuryuzinboku, A. K. A. Titty Cactus, In Her New Home. I Knew My Tiny Flasher Would Find Her Purpose One Day And Today’s The Day!

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Found The Perfect Cactus For My Thrifted Ice Cream Cone Pot!

Found The Perfect Cactus For My Thrifted Ice Cream Cone Pot!

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I Put My String Of Turtles In The New Pot I Got. I Think It’s A Great Fit

I Put My String Of Turtles In The New Pot I Got. I Think It’s A Great Fit

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Jane also recommends that all prospective plant parents do their research before making purchases. “Find out what conditions they like and consider whether you can supply those conditions in your home,” she says. “Most of the time, we underestimate how much light plants need, but if you think plants aren't getting enough light, move them towards a window gradually to prevent sunburn.”

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And if you find yourself with a plant that's struggling, Jane warns not to place it on a high shelf. “Put it somewhere you can observe it on a daily basis. This will help you to spot problems quickly before they get out of hand.”

If you’d like to gain more insight from this plant-loving expert, be sure to check out Jane’s book on houseplants, Legends of the Leaf, right here or her website right here!

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I Was Sent Here From R/Succulents: Burro’s Tail In An Estate Sale Find

I Was Sent Here From R/Succulents: Burro’s Tail In An Estate Sale Find

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DIY Pineapple Planter

DIY Pineapple Planter

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ooooooooohhhhhhh.. who lives in a pineapple on top of my desk? Cute little house plant!!!

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Are you feeling inspired to turn your own home into an urban jungle, pandas? Even if you’re not a natural at keeping plants alive and thriving, I’m sure you can find something you can manage to take care of, plus a pot that helps the plant shine. Keep upvoting the pics that you find to be true works of art, and let us know in the comments if you have any more tips for creatively potting houseplants. Then, if you’re interested in checking out another Bored Panda article featuring adorable plants, look no further than right here!

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Honestly I've Peaked. My Hubs Calls Cacti Alien Babies So I Took The Ones He Picked And Set This Up For His Favorites

Honestly I've Peaked. My Hubs Calls Cacti Alien Babies So I Took The Ones He Picked And Set This Up For His Favorites

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9 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please say that you added street glow to the planter. Niiice.

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I Was Told You Folks Might Appreciate This Lil Pair. Been Told It Looks Like A Fancy Purple-Pants Yoga Woman Being Sucked Into An Alien Jellyfish!

I Was Told You Folks Might Appreciate This Lil Pair. Been Told It Looks Like A Fancy Purple-Pants Yoga Woman Being Sucked Into An Alien Jellyfish!

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Ridiculous Yet Useful For My Bedside Table!

Ridiculous Yet Useful For My Bedside Table!

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