Terrariums are a great way to bring greenery to your indoor environment. Unlike aquariums which require a lot of technical know-how to put up and manage, terrariums can be amazingly simple. However, this simplicity does not mean you can pick any indoor plants, plonk them into a jar and bingo…terrarium!
The materials that you will require include: glass container, gravel or beach stones, activated charcoal, some sterile potting soil and, of course, the terrarium plants.
Choosing the right terrarium plants can be tricky. One of the factors that will determine the type of plants is the size of your glass container. It is not advisable to have any part of the plants touching the glass sides. To be assured of great results, ensure your glass container is as wide as possible. It should also not have a narrow opening as the narrower the opening, the harder it will be to put the soil and your terrarium plants.
The choice of terrarium plants is central to your project. As most indoor terrariums will be humid, it is a good idea to avoid succulent plants like aloe, agaves and cacti. However, it is still possible to have a succulent plant terrarium so long as the glass container is wide and open topped and you provide sandy soil with but a minimum of moisture content. Succulents also require plenty of light, preferably natural light, to grow so provide that as well.
Artillery ferns are delicate plants with delicate, interesting texture. They thrive in humid environment with medium to bright indirect light. Another good terrarium plant is the red-veined prayer plant. They are so named because they fold their leaves as if in prayer overnight. Grow them in warm terrariums with medium lighting.
The best way to water terrarium plants is to use a spray bottle. This method is very effective because you do not want to leave your terrarium soaking wet, just adequately damp. It is quite possible to use a watering can especially if your terrarium is substantially large but you should put a rose attachment on the spout to control the amount of water flowing through.
With these tips and tricks, you can ensure you have a fantastic indoor terrarium to flaunt.