Zookeeper and small-business owner Seth Falk loves tropical plants. But he also lives in a windowless basement with no natural light, an environment where they don’t normally thrive. So he created an indoor greenhouse to give his tropical plants a little help.
His Ikea hack is part of a growing trend among plant enthusiasts — Ikea cabinet greenhouses.
“A lot of plant hobbyists use Ikea pieces to make greenhouses for their plants and their home,” Brittany Goldwyn Merth, a woman with 80 plants and an Ikea greenhouse of her own, said in a recent interview.
An Instagram account called @ikeagreenhousecabinet and the hashtag #ikeagreenhousecabinet showcase many examples people have shared of how they repurposed Ikea cabinets for their houseplants.
Inspired by the Instagram account, Falk purchased the store’s $200 Milsbo glass cabinet and got to work. Falk, who bought all of his supplies from Amazon, estimates that he spent a total of $800 on upgrades for this cabinet, which houses several of his tropical plants.
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