Getting the boot to fit one’s garden

While on one of the road trips we took over the summer, I bought a sweet little potted Hypoesthesia. I love it so much, especially cause it’s so colorful and deserving of the informal name of Polka Dot Plant ;)

For a while it stood in its pot next to my other plants – but I had plans for it! As soon as I got a little bit more time on my hands, I repotted it. Why is that such a big deal, you might ask? Because I repotted it into an old rubber boot.

Want to know how I did it? It was really easy!

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Repotting into a rubber boot

I used one of my grandma’s old rubber boots (I’ll use its pair for another plant in the Spring).

First I washed it well.

Then, I made tiny holes in the sides of the boot, near the outsole.

I added some rocks to make sure it was heavy on the bottom and won’t tip over in heavier wind; filled the instep with the rocks.

The boot had some lining and padding, so as not to have it unnecessarily steal water from the plant, I decided to recycle an old soda bottle. I cut off the soda bottle’s top, stuck it upside down into the boot, then marked it and cut off the excess.

Filled the bottle inside the boot with plant soil, then repotted my Hypoesthesia.

For the final touch, I watered it well, until the water started pouring out through the holes near the outsole; to make sure the soil was well drenched in water.

After that, I placed it next to my other plants and not it proudly stands out among them ;)

Happy gardening! ;)

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8 Comments to “Getting the boot to fit one’s garden”

  1. fun, fun, fun ! noticed in the pics that the former pot is nearly the same color and mottled texture of the new boot home. was that a happy accident or did you add paint?

    • Thank you, Karen, so glad to see you like it!
      As for the former pot: are you thinking of the second collage/bottom right picture? If so, that is the boot. I just wanted more of a close-up for the plant ;)

  2. This plant is so great, I have it in my backyard and it has flowers in the summer. Will consider searching the attic for a boot I can plant of of them in for the deck.

  3. I like that it has a retro feel to it, what a great idea!

  4. This looks fabulous, Estrella, pure beauty both the craft of the boot and that plant!
    Best,
    Nico

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