Originating from France, cloches were traditionally used to protect fragile garden plants from being bitten by frost – but these beautiful bell jars (cloche is French for bell) were adopted by English plant enthusiasts in the late 1800s for decorative but practical use with indoor gardening.
And now – thanks to our love of all things vintage – they’re making a welcome comeback. Here are a few tips to bear in mind before you think about getting in on the trend and putting your plants under the cloche.
Why choose a cloche?
Cloches not only look beautiful, they make for low-maintenance plant care, too. The enclosed environment acts as a mini ecosystem once established so there’s no need to worry about the frequent watering required for regular houseplants.
Which plants work best?
Cloches provide a constant level of humidity by allowing moisture to recycle. These hothouse conditions make them ideal for humidity-loving tropical plants that thrive in a moist, warm environment. Here are a few of the plants that will thrive under your bell jar:
DIY: miniature cloche garden
- To create your own miniature bell-jar garden, follow these simple steps:
- Choose a selection of humidity-loving plants
- Place a handful of clean pebbles in the cloche base for drainage purposes.
- Remove the plants from their pots, gently removing any excess soil.
- Place the pants on top of the pebbles.
- Place the cloche lid over the plants
- Choose a bright spot but avoid direct sunlight as this, combined with the heat inside the cloche, can lead to scorched leaves.