There aren’t many complicated steps to make a terrarium by yourself. In fact, you could do it in just few hours during your free time on a weekend! Its a good way to learn more about gardening and of course to learn more about the greeneries that you can bring to your living spaces and even lighten up your office table. Its also a fun and interactive way to teach your kids about gardening and plants.
First of all, terrariums aren’t necessary just plants being planted in sealable containers! Terrariums can be separated into two main types, Closed-terrariums and open terrariums. The difference? Lids. What difference does it make? Much.
Closed terrariums are containers that has a lid on to seal up the containers. Most plants used for a closed terrariums are usually tropical plants that loves humidity and can withstand a slightly moist soil, like mosses, ferns, begonias, fittonias and etc. The lid plays a huge part in a closed terrarium as it contains the water in the container, maintaining the water cycle in the containers. A small amount of water in the soil will be taken up by the plants’ roots where water will evaporate though the leaves. The evaporation will then be condensed on the glass containers where the water will trickles down by the side of the terrariums and back into the soil. This is the reason why closed terrariums do not need a lot of watering as the container does the job for you and also the reason why a properly planted terrariums can thrived in a terrariums for decades! But, that doesn’t mean you should keep watering them too much, more water doesn’t equate to more growth! All you would need is proper care and love and they will remain healthy and beautiful for years. So a closed terrariums is always preferred by those brown thumbs or busy working adults but still would love to have a plant by their side to lighten up the atmosphere!
All plants need light for photosynthesis. It’s the intensity of the light they requires that make the difference between both closed and opened terrariums. Tropical plants in closed terrariums needs bright, indirect sunlight.Anywhere in your living space or working space that has bright indirect lights is great for them. Artificial lights from your working spaces are also great for closed terrariums! Terrariums are like mini greenhouses, by placing in direct sunlight will magnify the sun, and cook the plants alive! Compared to closed terrariums, opened terrariums requires more light, which means you will need plenty more of indirect sunlight for the succulents!
Terrariums aren’t for lazy people, they are a piece of art that everyone can own to enjoy. It offers an oasis of tranquility and peace to any hectic environment, while providing a rustic sense of elegance to our living spaces. All you have to sacrifice is a little bit of care and love for these stunning terrariums, and maybe a little spray of water once in a while!