Thursday, November 01, 2007


For those who like a stylish home, floors and walls are carefully decorated, but when one thinks about it, the ceiling just hangs about doing nothing. So why not hang your plants from it?

Yes! Upside-down! The plants don't seem to object, and they "use up to 90% less water than a conventional planter," which may be of interest to those who care about such things (I don't water my plants at all, which is 100% less water, but the plants don't seem to appreciate this).

This 'Antipodes Planter' is created by New Zealand designer Patrick Morris, who is in the process of opening a new shop in Ponsonby (down the alleyway, next to Agnes Curran). When I called in, the designer's brother was still painting the place, but it will apparently be open for business some time this month.

I think these are pretty fab. Bonkers, but fab.


Barnsley Bill said...

Nerd alert
That plant is an orchid of the Phalaenopsis family. They are "air growers" meaning they do not need soil to grow. They are found in their native habitat growing up trees.
Further to that piece of mind stupefying and boring information I have one further comment to add;
I know about these things because after we took a vow of poverty and left Metropolis for Kerikeri we bought an orchid farm. This venture is going really well, if we try really hard we should be broke in another couple of years and be forced to stop sulking and return to Auckland to amass another small (and getting smaller every day) fortune.

Mark said...

As they say here in California:

How do you make a small fortune in the wine business?

Start with a large one...

Mrs Smith said...

Barnsley - if those orchids don't require soil, what about water? I have orchids (outdoors - but sheltered) which I never remember to water, but they seem to be okay. Not sure what type they are, though.

...And these upside down jobs can take any plant except for really huge ones. I think a line of three would look great for growing herbs in the kitchen.

Barnsley Bill said...

Orchids need very little water, we have 4000 mini cymbidium plants in a large green house which receive between 2 and 3 minutes of water a day as well as fertiliser.
Shit.......... What a nerd I have become... how did this happen?

Lita said...

how am i gonna keep up my dancin on the ceiling if all the damn pot plants are in the way?

other than that - sheer brilliance.

miss_seph said...

I have a white Phae orchid that I grow in my bathroom and bring into the lounge on decoration days (ie when people are round etc) - I don't water it at all. 2 + showers a day seems to provide enough humidity and steam for it to thrive in its current position.

What holds all the soil in those pots? Is there some kind of netting?

Mrs Smith said...

Netting? No idea.

Good point, Lita - this would not be a good Christmas present for Lionel Richie.