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Pebble Pots

Introduction

Potted plants add a lush swatch of green to a room, but the soil they grow in has never done much for any decor. A layer of small, round pebbles arranged over the soil's surface looks as neat and tidy as a Japanese garden and helps keep the ground beneath it moist and shady, which is just the way most houseplants like it. Bags of small black or white river pebbles can be bought from plant or garden stores and arranged in concentric circles in your pots.

 

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 1995

Reviews (28)

  • cg10pepper 23 Jul, 2008

    i love this idea i had a plant but every day i had to water it because it was always in the sun i tried this and now i can go some were or spend the night at a friends without haveing to worry about going haome and watering it

  • rsvoboda 21 Jun, 2008

    I used this trick for my potted herbs outside. I discovered this also keeps squirrels and birds from digging in the pots!

  • janicesmith 13 May, 2008

    I like the look and smell of small cocoa shells on top of plants. Brown and not too messy; huge bags at the garden stores can also then be used outside on your gardens too!

  • janicesmith 13 May, 2008

    I like the look and smell of small cocoa shells on top of plants. Brown and not too messy; huge bags at the garden stores can also then be used outside on your gardens too!

  • spinssheep 13 May, 2008

    It' looks a whole lot better than just dirt or potting soil, along with the fact that adding stones acts like a mulch, holding more moisture than if it had nothing.

  • VictoriaW 13 May, 2008

    I like the pattern going around. I have used seashells and colored glass pebbles on my house plants to jazz them up a bit.

  • slowtrucking 13 May, 2008

    great idea.

  • martalia 13 May, 2008

    Can I use colored glass beads instead of pebbles?

  • martalia 13 May, 2008

    Can I use colored glass beads instead of pebbles?

  • martalia 13 May, 2008

    Can I use colored glass beads instead of pebbles?

  • carabau 13 May, 2008

    Colored glass pebbles are also available from Big Lots. I used the green ones over a blooming amaryllis pot which I brought inside to enjoy on the dining room table..Looks great,clean and neat instead of looking at dirt!

  • cknight421 13 May, 2008

    I love this idea!

  • cknight421 13 May, 2008

    I love this idea!

  • lezah 13 May, 2008

    THis is a great idea for dressing up my pots and keeping the soil moist.
    Thanks Martha.
    lezah

  • LindenBlossom 13 May, 2008

    How simple but effective. I love it!

  • ulihelisdi 13 May, 2008

    Great idea! Thank s for sharing this with us. I would like more information about ferns. Is there one kind that is easier to grow than others, or are they all about the same?

    Oh and Martha you need to share more about the things you make yourself at home. Like Goat Milk Cheese .and butter. You are keeping valuable information from us. Not fair. lol

  • evaluna_69 13 May, 2008

    sorry about that folks...didn't realize i hit submit that many times!

  • toasty 13 May, 2008

    I like this idea. I'm going to do it to all my house plants.

  • evaluna_69 13 May, 2008

    i think that this looks phenomenal!! i am wondering if pet supply stores would have the smaller size pebbles for aquariums?? would shellac-ing dried black beans be a good way to get that small uniform size? is there an environmentally-friendly product that would protect the dried beans from absorbing the moisture from the soil while not harming the plant??

  • evaluna_69 13 May, 2008

    i think that this looks phenomenal!! i am wondering if pet supply stores would have the smaller size pebbles for aquariums?? would shellac-ing dried black beans be a good way to get that small uniform size? is there an environmentally-friendly product that would protect the dried beans from absorbing the moisture from the soil while not harming the plant??

  • evaluna_69 13 May, 2008

    i think that this looks phenomenal!! i am wondering if pet supply stores would have the smaller size pebbles for aquariums?? would shellac-ing dried black beans be a good way to get that small uniform size? is there an environmentally-friendly product that would protect the dried beans from absorbing the moisture from the soil while not harming the plant??

  • evaluna_69 13 May, 2008

    i think that this looks phenomenal!! i am wondering if pet supply stores would have the smaller size pebbles for aquariums?? would shellac-ing dried black beans be a good way to get that small uniform size? is there an environmentally-friendly product that would protect the dried beans from absorbing the moisture from the soil while not harming the plant??

  • rgweiner 13 May, 2008

    The shiny pebbles are also available at Michael's and some other craft stores. I have been doing this for a long time but I haven't arranged the pebbles in a circular pattern. I like this idea.

  • Anna_Marie 13 May, 2008

    I love the way this looks...I wonder how hard it would be to find smaller sized pebbles...most of the packages of river stones that I have bought would be too large to do this in a regular sized house flower pot. Are these pots on the large size, and just look like medium ones in the pics?

  • jimt 13 May, 2008

    cutout a circle of weed block material

  • wduke2 13 May, 2008

    I think this would also deter the cat who likes to paw in the dirt and do it's duty.. if you know what I mean. LOL

    Joan

  • asjoy 13 May, 2008

    I like the look and I wonder if it would help retain some moisture? This goes on my list for the weekend. Thanks.

  • Tanyamom 13 May, 2008

    Oooo! I ike this. It will be perfect for my amarilys plants.
    Has anyone tried this sort of top layer for orchid plants?