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    Crunched for space? Stock up on gravity planters, vertical gardens and more

    When you walk into The Plant Shop, a garden store in Ambattur launched earlier this month, the first thing that catches your eye is the greenery on the ceiling. Row upon row of plants go against nature—dangling from the rafters, leaves growing towards the ground—in gravity planters. Owner Rajendra Reddy has identified plants like rhoeo, anthuriums and spider plant that can grow against gravitational force, for these planters. What’s more, they come with special self-watering systems (water them only once in three days) and they don’t drip mud or water. “Terracotta pots are fixed inside the plastic pots to store water. I have also shut the pots’ openings with mesh and a plastic cap to ensure nothing spills,” says Reddy, a mechanical engineer. He also takes up landscaping orders for balconies (`4,000 approx for a 30 square feet). Besides pots, table tops, floor plants and murals (for designing garden spaces), he soon plans to introduce railing planters and self-watering systems that will not need watering for almost a month. From `30 to `15,000. Details: 9962393222
    — Aishwarya Kumar & Sharmistha Maji

    Herbal therapy
    Chitraa Durairaj, founder of Asiann Organic Easy Grow—an organic store in Singanallur, Coimbatore—says, “With the number of apartments increasing, people in Chennai and Coimbatore prefer our grow bags (sized three and a half feet) with spinach and herbs that can be placed indoors. Also trending are planters and pots with lemon grass and peppermints, as they act as room fresheners and increase
    oxygen content in
    the atmosphere.”
    Details: organicgardeningindia.com

    Kitchen connection
    On the roof of Good Governance Guards, Besant Nagar, you’ll find a kitchen garden with 40 varieties of vegetables and fruits. Owner, SS Radhakrishnan, uses only organic sprays on the plants and sells them in pots, grow bags and troughs. He also provides shade nets for your balconies, so plants can withstand the Chennai heat, apart from taking orders for vertical gardening. From `70 onwards. Details: 9841023448

    The online route
    For interesting garden accessories, visit ankurnursery.com, a Mumbai-based garden store with garden sticks (from `350), bird feeders and planters on offer. Another interesting website is Kerala-based panpitgardencenter.com that offers everything from pots to vines, creepers, orchids and succulents. (From `190.) Gardenguru.in provides plant accessories in addition to seeds and fungicides. From `40.

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