Sunday, March 16, 2008

Terrariums


Its spring time, at least here in Arkansas. The daffodil's are blooming and I'm thinking of the seeds I'm going to be starting. If you have a room that gets enough sunlight you may want to consider a terrarium to help brighten up a room. My mother used to have one on our old coffee table.

Terrariums are wonderful, magical environments. Decorative, attractive, and easy to care for, just plant and forget. Because terrariums recycle their moisture, they need very little attention. A closed terrarium can often go a month or more between watering. They actually thrive on neglect! Now even people who tend to neglect plants can develop a "Green Thumb".

Any clear container can be made into a terrarium. The main requirement is that it be watertight. Choose something that is large enough to accommodate the plants, and has a cover, lid, or door to keep the moisture from escaping. Jars, bottles, and aquariums are some of the more common containers used. More elaborate designs made from Acrylic Plastic, Leaded and Stained Glass, and Glass Block, can add an elegant touch to your home decor. Whatever the container, a humble pickle jar, or a Contemporary Glass Sculpture, you can bring an easy to care for touch of nature into you home.

Many plants do well in terrariums, and it is best to choose the ones that will fit the size of the container. Slower growing plants require less trimming, and are less likely to take over. If you are willing to pay more attention to them, you can experiment with more aggressive plants. They require more frequent trimming, but will allow you to have more variety in your terrarium. I've even seem some people putting tiny tree frogs in there terrariums and feeding them insects like wingless fruit flies and such.

1 comment:

Tara said...

I have one sort of lame terrarium I'd like to rework and another large aquarium I want to convert to a carnivorous plant terrarium. Thanks for the inspiration!