How to Make Tabletop Garden – Bento Box

Tabletop Garden - Bento BoxBecause I want to use a wider variety of indoor plants that have different water needs for my tabletop garden – Bento Box, instead of planting all the plants into the same soil bed, I have kept them in individual pots. By doing so, instead of watering my plants together all at once, I can pick and water only those that I find are thirsty. And the same advantage applies to fertilizers.

So, with my garden container, my plants, pots, moss, etc, I was all ready to make my tabletop garden – Bento Box!

Tabletop Garden - Bento Box

If you want to learn more about choosing garden container and indoor plants for this tabletop garden, check this post – How to Choose Garden Container and Indoor Plants for Tabletop Garden – Bento Box.
Tabletop Garden - Bento Box

Repotting

Due to the limited space in our tabletop garden, we might want to repot our plants into some smaller pots so for them to fit better into our tabletop garden. Besides repotting to a smaller pot, we can also take the plant out from its pot and use moss to wrap the roots and soil.

Orchids – No Repotting

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I didn’t repot the orchids, but just trimmed the top of the pots to make them less visible.
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Adding Moss on Top of the Orchid Roots & Inside the Garden Container

I added some moss on top of the orchid roots as an additive. This helps the orchid roots to breathe, and at the same time, keeps the roots moist. In addition, I also added some moss inside the garden container as padding.

Covering the Pots or Roots with Moss

Tabletop Garden - Bento BoxNot all plants in our tabletop garden need to have their pots be covered with moss, but only those pots that cannot be fully hide inside the garden container. And if space in your tabletop garden is limited, you can take the plants out of their pots and wrap the roots and soil with moss as well. In this case, the moss holds the roots and soil together, acting more or less like a container of the plants.

Here shows the details of  wrapping pots or roots with moss.
You can also learn more about moss in this post – Sphagnum Moss & Sphagnum Peat Moss

Arranging the Plants in the Garden Container

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Next, I started putting the plants that I especially bought for this tabletop garden into my garden container. Because I wanted to put many different types of indoor plant into my tabletop garden, I was targeting small potted plants when I did my shopping.

In addition, I bought potted plants with different heights. By using different levels in our tabletop garden, we can give the illusion of having more space. Even if our garden container is a small one, we can make the garden container look bigger than its actual size by introducing height into the garden. For my tabletop garden – Bento Box, I put the taller plants at the back and the shorter plants in the front. I also put a plant on top of the pot/root of another plant to create different levels.

If you want to learn more about choosing garden container and indoor plants for this tabletop garden, check this post – How to Choose Garden Container and Indoor Plants for Tabletop Garden – Bento Box.

Final Touch

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As a final touch, I added an ivy plant into my tabletop garden. I twisted and curled its vine around my other plants. And to secure the positions, I used some tiny clips to hold together the ivy plant and the stems of others.

In addition, I have added two little red bows on my pretty orchids.

Tabletop Garden - Bento Box

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