Meet David Latimer and his awesome bottle garden. You’d never guess just by looking at it, but this 10-gallon bottle garden was planted in 1960, last watered in 1972, and then tightly sealed shut. That’s right, that lush green plant inside the bottle hasn’t been watered in over 40 years and the garden itself is nearly 53 years old. 

"For the last 40 years it has been completely sealed from the outside world. But the indoor variety of spiderworts (or Tradescantia, to give the plant species its scientific Latin name) within has thrived, filling its globular bottle home with healthy foliage.

Yesterday Mr Latimer, 80, said: ‘It’s 6ft from a window so gets a bit of sunlight. It grows towards the light so it gets turned round every so often so it grows evenly. ‘Otherwise, it’s the definition of low-maintenance. I’ve never pruned it, it just seems to have grown to the limits of the bottle.’ The bottle garden has created its own miniature ecosystem. Despite being cut off from the outside world, because it is still absorbing light it can photosynthesise, the process by which plants convert sunlight into the energy they need to grow.”

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