If you want to have something plant-living at home, but you don’t have enough strength or conditions to keep flowers, you can try unpretentious terrariums. A terrarium is not necessarily a glass box inhabited by snakes and frogs. In this case, it is any glass vessel, the more interesting the shape, the better, filled with beautiful materials. Plants play the main role: mainly succulents and moss.
Choose a capacity
There is only one rule for a container: one must be transparent. It is desirable from glass, but plastic is also suitable. The capacity can be either with a hole or hermetically sealed, it will depend on which plants can be placed inside and whether it is necessary to moisten the composition.
A non-standard vision in the choice of capacity is in any case welcome. You can take not just a jar or a vase, but a bowl of unusual shape, a light bulb or a New Year’s ball.
Terrariums in glass teapots look charming.
Terrariums are an interesting way to use IKEA magnetic containers. In this case, the lid will need to be replaced with a film half covering the front of the container.
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What materials will be needed to create a terrarium?
- fertile soil
- decorations (stones, figurines, other interesting elements)
On plants it is worthwhile to dwell in more detail. Since we are considering mini terrariums, plants should not be tall. Another important point is unpretentiousness.
Moisture-loving plants are suitable for a closed terrarium, various types of moss and fern will become the best choice. The conditions for plants of the bromeliad family from tropical forests will also be pleasant. Soleoli called baby’s tears is another option.
For an open terrarium, variability increases. Succulents and cacti are leading in size and diversity of appearance, especially since they are unpretentious. Some types of plants absorb moisture from the air, they do not need watering. just spraying. For a terrarium, this will be the most convenient option.
We fill the terrarium
In the smallest terrariums, only gravel or only soil can be used as the basis, but we will consider the classic and most effective option. over, the materials laid out in layers look beautiful.
Fill the terrarium in the following order:
- 2-3 centimeters of gravel,
- 1.5 centimeters of coal (it will purify water),
- a layer of sphagnum moss so that the soil does not sag (you can skip, but you can put this layer under gravel),
- about five centimeters of soil.
Change the amount of materials in this proportion for smaller or larger terrariums.
The remaining soil after planting can be covered with moss. Add models, figures and other decorative elements to the terrarium according to the idea, if any.
Maintenance and care
In closed terrariums, water is poured when filling and does not evaporate due to tightness. Such terrariums do not need to be looked after at all. The main thing is to choose the volume of the tank with a sufficient amount of air, otherwise it is better to open them periodically and "ventilate".
Open terrariums need to be sprayed with water from a spray gun 2-3 times a week. Do not place terrariums in direct sunlight, but at the same time make sure that the plants have enough light.