Whats A Terrarium?
Terrarium -A vivarium (Latin, literally for “place of life”; plural: vivaria or vivariums) is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. Often, a portion of the ecosystem for a particular species is simulated on a smaller scale, with controls for environmental conditions.
1. Container: Check!
To achieve the perfect terrarium, choose a glass or plastic container of your choice. Why not give your terrarium style and get creative with your container! It is important that your container however, has a small opening as this encourages a humidified environment for your plant. So nasty bacteria, like fungi, does not end up growing, remember to properly clean your container before planting. To make sure your plant gets the vitamin D it deserves, place your container near a window with good light but stay away from direct sunlight. Even plants need to be sun safe!
2. Plant away!
For an easy way to plant your terrarium, firstly lay some pebbles at the base of your container. This will assist with drainage and air flow for your plant. Next, cover your plant with crushed charcoal and Sphagnum moss. Don’t forget to use a premium potting mix that has been sterilised about 40mm in depth. And now for the fun part, the choosing of plants! Just make sure they will be suitable to the size of their container. Plants that react well to warm and humid air will work best. Some personal favourites; bush moss, baby tears and small ferns. For a touch of colour, small succulents such as Echeveria and Sedum are sure to give your home the colour buzz it deserves!
3. Don’t drown your terrarium!
It is important that you don’t overwater your plant as it is better for your terrarium to have minimal moisture. To find out if your plant is thirsty, use your finger to feel the moisture in the container. If it feels slightly damp then there is no need to add any water. Bear in mind, the smaller the opening the less water you should need.
Having greenery in the home doesn’t have to be a hassle. With Matt’s terrarium tips as a guide plus a bit of creativity you can bring nature indoors and add a little life to your interiors.
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