Make a Terrarium

October 3, 2012 – 02:50 pm

terrarium 2 smTerrariums are an exercise in balance and patience. They need indirect light, just the right amount of moisture, soil, and drainage. Terrariums become tiny self-sustaining ecosystems when done correctly.

To begin creating you personal terrarium, find a container. For a contained tropical terrarium, the container needs a lid. For a desert-like, arid terrarium you can use a terrarium with an opening.

First, add a layer of washed gravel for drainage. Then add a layer of soil, followed by the plants. Choose your plants wisely. For example, moss is tricky because it likes directs sun and lots of moisture, making it difficult to grow in a terrarium until it’s established.

For a tropical terrarium, chose tropical plants such as ferns, violets, Kalanchoe, miniature Begonia, Baby’s Tears, and Bonsai Ficus. For a desert terrarium choose succulents such as Hens and Chicks, or cacti. You can even create terrariums with Venus Flytraps and other carnivorous plants.

Arrange an odd number of plants in your container, using both short and tall varieties. The plants begin to create their own ecosystems once established. You’ll soon see the humidity condense on the glass before it waters the terrarium. Tropical terrariums need little water so only water if the soil isn’t moist. Desert terrariums will need a bit more water.


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The jasmine at our nursery aren't really blooming right now (each variety seems to bloom in different cycles).
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