My first terrarium; House and clothesline by me!
In the interest of spring and all that is lush and green, I decided to start a wet terrarium. Perhaps I am a bit behind on the crafty terrarium craze, but I am no less fervent.
Terrariums are enclosed spaces for living things. Just as aquariums house water creatures and plants, terrariums are host to plants and land animals (such as a pet turtle). This is a guide solely for the plant terrarium.
Traditionally, they house their own little ecosystems: evaporation, condensation, and precipitation. Therefore, terrarium plants have to love moist, wet environments. (Some terrariums are open air and different plants can be used). Moss, ferns, African violets, baby’s tears are all great terrarium water-lovers. No: cacti or succulents (ie: jade, aloe, hens and chicks).
Terrariums are great because: they require little attention, they add a bit of green to the urban apartment, and they can be cute pieces of style!
Rocks or pebbles
Step 1. Pick out a glass with a lid. The container can be as stylish as an antique apothecary jar to an old pasta sauce jar. Make sure the container is clean.
Step 2. Cover the bottom of the glass with the rocks. This creates a space for excess water to gather, without rotting the soil.
Step 3. The next layer is the activated charcoal. This stuff also drains, but primarily prevents stinkiness.
Step 4. Next, add your layer of soil. Make sure there is enough for the plants throw roots down into.
Step 5. Now, add the plant or plants! This can be difficult if you’ve chosen a glass with a small opening. I use chopsticks to place my plants where I wanted them. You can also use tongs or tweezers. Make sure to pat the plants down, so they are snuggled close to the soil. (Now you may also add cute miniatures and decorations, as you desire!)
Caring for your terrarium:
Spritz this baby with water once every few weeks. Use a sprayer, not a watering can, so as not to over-water! Let it air out once in a while as well.
My favorite terrarium sellers on Etsy:
The creative DoodleBirdie
The talented WeeGreenSpot
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