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As proud plant parents, we’re always looking for unique ways to show off our beautiful houseplants, right? Well, today I want to share the coolest houseplant display idea since the greenhouse cabinet trend—BloomingTables!
Before I fully dive into this post, I wanted to mention that I have an exclusive discount code for my readers. Use the code SPROUTS20 at checkout for $20 off your first BloomingTable. Plus, shipping is free to the U.S.!
What is a BloomingTable?
BloomingTables started as a Kickstarter in 2019. The company builds beautiful tables that double as planters for your houseplants (or any other kind of plant). Their mission is “To bring the beauty of the outdoors – indoors”—and that’s exactly why so many of us love houseplants!
Each table has a waterproof, acrylic tub, a removable glass tabletop held down with UV-resistant suction cups, and a twist-to-open drain valve underneath. (You can twist the valve on and off and they also include a plug if you want to close the hole that way.)
They come as desks, coffee tables, entryway tables, and side tables, and they have plans to add more sizes.
A few reasons why these tables are so great:
- The most obvious—the tables are STUNNING. It’s a beautiful way to bring the outdoors indoors—and a conversation starter!
- These multifunctional tables are a really awesome use of space. Sometimes we don’t realize how many plants we own until the house is overflowing with them.
- It’s a great solution for keeping curious pets away from plants, depending on if what you plant is contained within the table and not spilling out from the sides. As a cat owner, this is ALWAYS a consideration for me when purchasing plants.
How do you make a BloomingTable?
The great part is that you really don’t have to “make” much—this is no complicated DIY project. After your table arrives in the mail, all you need to do is set it up and plant your plants just as you would in any other kind of pot.
How do you use your BloomingTable?
BloomingTables currently has eight models—a desk, coffee table, entryway table, and end table each in black or white—with plans to add more sizes. So, if we’re talking about how to use the actual “table” part, you can use that for whatever purpose suits your needs.
Now, talking about the planter part of the table, the possibilities are endless. Here are a few cool ideas:
A regular planter
You don’t have to overthink this. You can plant literally anything you want in your BloomingTable, as long as it fits.
A giant propagation station
Use your BloomingTable as a giant propagation box! Fill it with your favorite potting medium for propagating cuttings—potting mix, sphagnum moss, etc.—and watch your cuttings as they grow. Take them out when they’re large enough to pot up, or leave them in there and watch them fill up the table.
A terrarium coffee table
You can also use this table to make a succulent terrarium. “But aren’t terrariums supposed to be sealed shut,” you ask? Nope! Some terrariums are sealed to provide high humidity, but succulent terrariums should not be sealed because they don’t do well in humid environments. This table is actually the perfect environment to make a succulent and cactus terrarium.
An edible garden
I’m so tuned into the houseplant world that I sometimes forget other types of gardening exist, but I love this idea! What an awesome way to create an edible garden in your home. (“Hold on, let me just run over to the coffee table to pick out some microgreens for the salad…”)
BloomingTables also says you can even skip the potting mix and use this for hydroponics if you prefer to grow plants that way. With the drain valve that comes with each table, you can easily replace the water if needed.
A moss garden
The tables are a great way to display a lush, green moss garden. Low maintenance yet still so beautiful.
Some people prefer to fill their tables with faux succulents and other plants. Perfect if you want to bring the beauty of plants indoors but don’t want all the care that comes with it.
How do you care for plants in the BloomingTable?
The short answer is caring for your plants in these tables is about as easy as caring for any of your other plants! However, here are additional few tips:
How to water plants in the BloomingTable
Simply remove the glass, which is held down with suction cups, and water your plants as you normally would.
Because the tables are acrylic, it may take longer to dry out after watering. However, this is the same with regular pots—porous materials like terra cotta dry out faster than materials like plastic. It’s just something to be mindful of.
The drainage valve that comes on every table will easily help you get rid of excess water.
Do the BloomingTables come with lights?
I know this is something you are probably curious about, so allow me to address it.
The tables do not come with lights. However, even if lights were installed on the underside of the glass, the glass is only a few inches above the plants. It is typically not good for plants to be that close to grow lights.
If lights were installed just around the perimeter of the glass, that would not be enough to support all the plants inside the table, especially those all the way in the center.
Not to worry, though. If you do not have a window that receives good light near where you’re going to put the table, I have a few easy solutions for you (from my low-light home to yours!):
- Clip-on grow lights. In fact, my absolute favorite grow lights are clip-on ones. You can grab them for your table here.
- Your favorite tabletop lamp. But, swap out the regular bulb for a grow light bulb.
- Stick with medium to low light plants. Lots of plants do just fine under fluorescent lighting, which you might have already in your home, anyway. The heartleaf philodendron is a classic example of this and would look lovely trailing out of the sides of your table. (Fluorescent lighting is the reason why you see plants magically growing in office buildings with no windows.)
Do the BloomingTables require any maintenance?
Think of these tables as giant pots for your plants—it requires no additional maintenance other than perhaps an occasional wipe down of the glass, but even this is not necessary to do often.
Do the BloomingTables come with plants?
BloomingTables do not come with plants. This allows us to use our creativity to plant a beautiful table that suits our unique wants and needs. Picking out plants for your table is all part of the fun!
What can I plant in a BloomingTable?
Other than height constraints (the distance from the tub to the glass), the possibilities are endless. Here are a few ideas:
- Short cacti
- Carnivorous plants
- Microgreens and other edible plants
- Any other plant you can fit!