Terrariums

Meaning: a miniature garden in an artificial environment.

I am just a little bit obsessed with terrariums at the moment. I think they are making a comeback, and they really are so 70’s!! Just like flares and John Travolta in Saturday night fever. I was born in the 70’s, and I remember them very well!

Terrariums remind me of my childhood at my Grandmothers house, and I think they are great for those of us who have little room, work in offices or live in apartments.

They might just be the perfect plant for me. I travel a huge amount and even though I love plants, It is difficult to look after them being away from home so often.

For those of you who would prefer to buy or even lease them you can visit Miniscapes in Melbourne, Australia

http://www.miniscapes.net/

or a company called Terrariums of Adelaide also custom make terrariums, but they only deliver to SA.

www.terrariumsofadelaide.com

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If you would like to have a go at building your own terrarium, here are some instructions:

Spread gravel, preferably a natural kind like pea gravel, an inch or two thick in a glass container. You can use a fish tank, which is inexpensive and has a large opening that makes it easier to work in, but smaller containers like fishbowls will also work as long as they are transparent. Whatever size you use, it helps if your hand can fit through the opening.

Putting a layer of sphagnum moss over the gravel is optional, but it will keep the soil that goes on top from seeping into the gravel. Then add at least two inches of potting soil, or more depending on the types and sizes of your plants.

Finally, place your plants inside the terrarium. Smaller containers will hold two or three, and some might hold only one. Use very small, relatively hardy plants that do well in medium-moisture environments, like pathos, ferns, moss, ivy and bromeliads.

Water or mist the terrarium sparingly, but keep it moist. If you’re using a container with a cover, monitor the terrarium for a month or two to make sure it does not get too moist (condensation will form on the glass, and mold and fungus might appear on the plants and in the soil). Adjust the lid, or remove it, to temper the amount of moisture; eventually it should stabilize, and the terrarium won’t need as much care. Terrariums without lids require more water and care, as moisture is lost to evaporation.

Here is a list of several appropriate plants for a terrarium. You dont have to follow this list. You should be creative and plant what appeals to you. Experiment and find out what works and what doesnt.

–       Pilea species – Pilea

–       Selaginella species – Selaginella

–       Crassula species – Jade Plant

–       Succulents of any type

–       Soleirolia soleirolli – Babys tears

–       Fittonia species – Mosaic Plant

–       Any type of fern. Maidenhair will work quite well.

Good luck and happy planting!

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