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Gardener shows how to make a gorgeous moss rose ‘waterfall’ using plastic bottles and zipties

July 19th, 2021

People want to add a little whimsy to their garden.

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We all love the properly trimmed hedges, creative topiaries, and colorful variety of flowers. It adds up life to a simple garden.

But one thing people love to do is create a flower “waterfall.”

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This guy created a Moss Rose waterfall with the use of plastic bottles and zip ties.

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Moss Rose, or Portulaca grandiflora, is a flowering annual cylindrical succulent with flowers of varying colors. It thrives in most soils but preferably well-drained ones. It can grow pretty fast and can survive a drought. No wonder people love to add this to their garden.

Since Moss Rose grows rapidly, making it an excellent plant for a flower waterfall.

Here’s a list of materials that you need to create one:

  • Empty plastic bottles of similar size and shape
  • Cutter
  • Zip ties
  • Soldering iron
  • Scissors
  • Steel iron rod
  • Old plastic basin
  • Garden soil
  • Mulch or compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Drill
  • Garden spray
  • Flowering stimulant

First, cut both ends of the plastic bottles.

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You can mark where you need to cut. You have to cut long ones and shorter ones to form a curve for your waterfall.

Next, using washable paint or marker, trace the shape of the waterfall for you to follow.

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Connect the plastic bottles on top of that marking so you’ll have a clear guide to your alignment. Make sure that there’s at least a half-inch part overlap at both ends of the connected bottles.

Then, create holes where the bottles overlap with the use of the soldering iron.

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There should be two holes at each point where you need to insert and lock the zip ties. Do this around the bottle until you are confident enough that it will hold itself.

By this time, you already created and formed the bottles like a waterfall.

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Punch more holes around the bottles since this is where the Moss Rose cuttings grow. Do the same with the old basin. Make sure to create a hole on one end to insert the steel iron rod for later. Punch holes all over the basin for drainage.

Use the steel iron rod to support the form of your waterfall.

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You can do so by creating holes at the back end of the bottles and tying the rod with zip ties. Leave at least six inches allowance at both ends. Insert the top end of the rod into the hole you made at the bottom end of the basin.

Fill the bottle with soil.

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Combine soil with some compost or mulch. A little fertilizer would help, too. Once they’re thoroughly mixed, fill the water bottles with soil until it is full. Place some soil on the basin, too.

Then, you set up the waterfall where you want it.

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Drill three holes on the wall. Insert the top end of the iron steel rod through the bottom hole of the basin, then insert it in one of the holes on the wall. Screw the top of the basin where the two remaining holes in the wall are.

Get your Moss Rose cuttings and plant them on your waterfall.

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Insert one stem cutting into each hole around the bottles. Add some stems to the basin, too. Once done, spray it with water.

After ten days, it will start to grow, and some flowers will start to bloom.

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You can use a flowering stimulant that you can buy in stores. Mix it with water and spray all over.

You’ll see that more flowers will bloom in just 13 days.

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You’ll now see flowers blooming from all over your flower waterfall.

See the video to get the full and incredibly simple tutorial below!

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Source: Balcony & Garden YouTube, The Spruce, SFGate

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