Did you know that the terrariums have emerged by chance and due to the study of butterflies? The English doctor Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward (1791-1868) put some Butterfly pupae (a stage of them before they become adults) inside a glass case closed (called Ward’s Box) with damp earth to observe the metamorphosis. And what happened? The seeds of plants that had evolved on Earth and so arose the Terrariums. Therefore, the true Terrariums are indoors.
I love terrariums for a long time and would like to share with you a technique for assembling a Terrarium Closed I learned in an old book, for more than 20 years.
You Will Need:
1) A transparent glass or plastic container with or without cover. For starters, prefer the wide bottleneck because it will be easier to plant and maintain.
2) or adapted gardening tools like spoons, barbecue skewer, chopsticks, wine corks, etc.
3) plastic film that will serve as a closing if there is no cap on the container.
4) crushed charcoal (those used in barbecue)
5) substrate for garden pebbles for drainage and decorative pebbles
6) coarse sand and sand colored (to taste)
7) species with identical needs (who like moisture and shade and mini sized).
How To Assemble (Follow The Drawing Below):
1) clean the container.
2) With narrow neck containers, use a funnel (can be done with paper) to dump the pebbles as desired.
3) then place a layer of crushed charcoal, a thin layer of coarse sand and a layer of substrate (enough to be able to plant it, in that order.
4) open space in the substrate and start putting the plants. Use any tool to fix the roots. Loose they do not survive, so compact the substrate around her to stay securely attached. Note from time to time to see if it’s looking good. Do not fill plants, because they have to have room to grow.
5) Decorate with rocks and water container. Close the lid or with the film.
6) Moisten the substrate and after that, just drizzle after one or 2 months. Noting drops of water on the wall of the container, so that the excess water to evaporate.On the contrary, if the substrate is dry, drizzle again, playing a little water on the walls of the container.
7) Keep the attention to these details and you will have your terrarium for a long time!
And now you want to know) which species are most suitable? b) why don’t I create Terrariums with Succulents? c) can make Terrariums with flowering? d) If bugs like ladybugs and worms can live inside the Terrarium? and) what to do if mold or some leaves appear wilted.