Many gardeners enjoy trying to grow plants in a bottle, but it’s likely that no one has had the success that David Latimer of the United Kingdom has.
Latimer planted spiderworts in his 10-gallon glass bottle in 1960, and he last watered it in … 1972. In the 44 years since then, the plant, sealed in the bottle, has created its own ecosystem. Latimer does place it by a window, allowing it to get light.
“It grows towards the light so it gets turned round every so often so it grows evenly,” he told the Daily Mail. “Otherwise, it’s the definition of low-maintenance. I’ve never pruned it, it just seems to have grown to the limits of the bottle.”
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