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Petomato: My Garden in a Bottle

Updated on April 25, 2017

As soon as I saw Petomato on television one morning, I knew I had to have one. The idea is simple: grow a plant in a PET bottle. It's container gardening for anyone. I don't drink soda anymore but I knew I could dig up a PET bottle. Let's see how this goes!

Look to the right and you'll see what it's all about. Once the bottle is empty and clean, the green top of the Petomato replaces the cap. In several weeks a tomato plant grows from the top. The roots grow out of the red bottom, drinking water from the bottle. Keep the bottle full and you're in good shape!

Petomato is distributed in the United States by Kagan Unlimited but was originally developed in Japan by Takuya Hasegawa. He came to Osaka seeking fame and fortune as a musician but soon found himself working in a garden shop and plant nursery called Market of Green.

One day, his boss encouraged Hasegawa to get creative: make something new. Hasegawa hoped to introduce gardening to people who are not interested in it. (That's me!) He wanted to show us that gardening is fun. Also, Hasegawa wanted to educate children. He wanted to show them plants in action: leaves, stems and roots. Petomato was born.

What's so great about Petomato?

The reasons to love Petomato are endless. First, it's cheap. Everything you need comes in the package (well, except for the bottle). Gardening can get expensive very quickly, especially in the beginning. Also, Petomato is easy. There's no sweating, no dirt under the fingernails and no gardening tools. What makes it great for me is that it doesn't take up a lot of space. I live in a small apartment but I can make room for a bottle.

Don't like tomatoes? No problem! For now there are only three plants: tomato, basil and habanero. In Japan you'll find even more that grow just as easily. These are peppermint, lemon balm, basil, strawberry, perilla, arugula, parsley, edamame, habanero and, of course, tomato. Oh, don't worry, I'll keep you posted when new ones come!

Petomato has something for everyone.

In the last few years, when Westerners think of Japan, they think weird and crazy. This video milks that while introducing the Petomato. Take a look. It's only two minutes but hold on to your seats!

Watch the fun!

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This is the front of the Petomato. I live in Japan so it's the Japanese version. You'll get the Western versionThis is the back of the Petomato. It has the instructions(Going clockwise) the Petomato, spoon for fertilizer, fertilizer, gravel and tomato seeds. You provide your own bottleFill your bottle with water, screw on the Petomato, put 2-3 tomato seeds on topCover the seeds with gravel. Put a few drops of water to wet the gravel. Fertilizer comes laterIgnore how messy my place is. Put your Petomato in a sunny place. Your Petomato does the rest! About a week later
This is the front of the Petomato. I live in Japan so it's the Japanese version. You'll get the Western version
This is the front of the Petomato. I live in Japan so it's the Japanese version. You'll get the Western version | Source
This is the back of the Petomato. It has the instructions
This is the back of the Petomato. It has the instructions | Source
(Going clockwise) the Petomato, spoon for fertilizer, fertilizer, gravel and tomato seeds. You provide your own bottle
(Going clockwise) the Petomato, spoon for fertilizer, fertilizer, gravel and tomato seeds. You provide your own bottle | Source
Fill your bottle with water, screw on the Petomato, put 2-3 tomato seeds on top
Fill your bottle with water, screw on the Petomato, put 2-3 tomato seeds on top | Source
Cover the seeds with gravel. Put a few drops of water to wet the gravel. Fertilizer comes later
Cover the seeds with gravel. Put a few drops of water to wet the gravel. Fertilizer comes later | Source
Ignore how messy my place is. Put your Petomato in a sunny place. Your Petomato does the rest!
Ignore how messy my place is. Put your Petomato in a sunny place. Your Petomato does the rest! | Source
About a week later
About a week later | Source

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    Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

    this looks like it could be fun.

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    laurenrich 4 years ago

    This is a very interesting lens. I love the idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    Sheila 4 years ago from Omaha, NE

    Fascinating! Love this idea!

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    yania227 4 years ago

    Interesting way of growing plants, I love it!

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    GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

    Interesting for sure. I still like to get my hands dirty though!

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    sousababy 4 years ago

    This is a very clever idea. The nice thing is these can easily be moved (not so easy with heavier potted veggies).

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    SavioC 4 years ago

    This is simply mind blowing. I guess I am going to study this in depth.

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    PippiDust 4 years ago

    I love the idea of growing plants in bottles.