A Fern, a Succulent and Some New Paper Plant Pots

New plants and paper pots

It could be argued that we don’t need any more plants in our dining room, but I’m still finding excuses to adopt new family members from the shop by the train station near our flat. This week I was sent some cool crumpled paper plant pots from -Love, Ana, and since I didn’t have any existing plants that were quite the right size to fit them, it was the perfect reason to go and choose a couple of new ones.

I’m kicking myself now for not asking the lady in the shop for the names of the plants. I know that one is a fern and one is a succulent, but that’s as precise as I can be. From a bit of googling I’m wondering whether the spiky one is part of the aloe family(??). Or possibly Haworthia Fasciata, as per this article? If any plant experts are reading this and can enlighten me as to the exact names, please do.

New plants and paper pots

Based on their appearance in photos, you’d be forgiven for thinking the pots really are made from paper. They’re actually made from polyethylene fibres, which are waterproof and very difficult to tear or damage. I kept the plastic pots on my plants and just put those inside the paper pots, to help them retain their shape and have proper drainage, but you could put soil directly inside the bag without damaging the material. Ana recommends that you just put some clay pebbles at the bottom, so that water doesn’t get trapped and make the soil soggy (which is bad for the plant, rather than the pot).

New plants and paper pots

The Paperpots are 19cm in diameter but you’ll want to put them on plants that are slightly smaller than this so that the fabric retains that nice scrumpled look. The ones I’ve used are in plastic pots with a 12cm diameter and they fit perfectly. By the same token you don’t want to use a pot that’s too high, or it’ll poke out the top and ruin the effect. Using a shorter pot lets the leaves spill over the top, as if they’re bursting out of their bag.

New plants and paper pots

New plants and paper pots

New plants and paper pots

New plants and paper pots

New plants and paper pots

The great news is that Ana has very kindly sent an extra box of three Paperpots, so since it’s been blinking ages since I ran a competition on here I thought I’d give them away to you guys! All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below to tell me which plants you’d put in your Paperpots, follow on Twitter and/or follow on Instagram. I’ll pick the winner at random in a week’s time and be in touch to get your address for delivery. UK residents only I’m afraid due to postage costs. Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent two boxes of Paperpots to try out at home. I wasn’t asked to write this post in exchange. All photos, words, opinions etc. are mine. 

Lucy Meek
Lucy Meek

Lucy started writing Decorenvy as a scrapbook to record ideas when she began decorating her own place in 2013. Her frustration at the lack of alternatives to high street brands and catalogue decorating has since seen it evolve into a sourcebook for unusual and interesting design, complete with tours of beautiful homes and the occasional ill-advised DIY project.

127 Comments
  1. I would definitely have herbs – probably basil on the kitchen windowsill, and we’d use the others for my daughter’s beloved spider plant babies

  2. I’ve got a streptocarpus thing going on in the kitchen. 8 random streptocarpus from Dibleys for a bargainous price. The only thing limiting me is the size of my windowsill. So my answer is streptocarpus!

  3. Would be giving them to by little brother and he is big on his mint atm so he’d probably put mint in them 🙂

  4. I’d plant a peace lily – It’s a great plant that actually tells you when it needs water. And possibly a small draecana

  5. My Aloe Vera would be happy as would a Pineapple which my daughter bought on from the local supermarket!

  6. I would replant my main aloe vera plant as it’s had lots of babies and needs a new, larger home on its own. And the other would be mint, coming into Spring & Summer we use so much of it so it’s pride of place on the window sill 🙂

    1. Hi Hannah, I’m not much of a plant expert but I can relay the advice given to me by the woman in the shop! She said that this particular plant is pretty hardy and shouldn’t die easily, just that I should water it once a week and keep it in a reasonably bright room (out of direct sunlight).

      I’m going to start experimenting with adding plant feed to the water I give to my plants to see if it helps them grow bigger and stronger. It might be worth a shot if your ferns keep dying! Hope that’s vaguely helpful 🙂

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