Friday, 27 May 2011

Terrariums!

My new obsession is terrariums!! A terrarium is a miniature landscape with living plants and even sometimes small animals like lizards or turtles.

Most terrariums simulate a dry habitat, for instance desert or savannah. A terrarium can also be formed to create a temperate woodland habitat, and even a jungle-like habitat. This can be created with pebbles, leaf litter and soil. By misting the terrarium, a natural water cycle occurs within the environment by condensation forming on the lid causing precipitation. Many kinds of plants are suitable for these habitats, including bromeliads, African Violets and Crassulaceae. Animals commonly held for observation include reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders, scorpions and small birds.

Not only are they endlessly interesting, but they look fantastic in your home & are terribly low maintenance!



I love this idea of making tiny ones as place card holders or party favours for a dinner party.

Things you'll need for a terrarium: Plants ($20), potting mix ($6), horticultural charcoal ($8), pebbles ($4) and a glass jar or fishbowl ($15). I bought my plants from my favourite plant stall at the markets & my potting mix & charcoal from Bunnings. My glass bowls/jars and pebbles I bought from my local $2 shop.

Here is a basic guide to creating a terrarium:

1. Sanitise your bowl by washing it in warm soapy water.

2. Place a layer of pebbles in the bottom of the bowl. Follow with a layer of charcoal and a layer of potting mix.

3. With your hands dig a little hole in the potting mix and place your plant inside. Pat down firmly & water in. Close the fishbowl/jar & place in a sunny spot.

Here are some examples around the web of some GREAT terrariums!

I'm completely fascinated by the shape of these glass bowl! Imagine the difficulty of getting your plants inside!


I LOVE the dome shape of this one, I have been scouring online stores for one but alas, so far no
luck!

I created some half terrariums (they have quite a large hole in the jar) containing some succulents, herbs (basil & oregano) and curly grass & ferns.

For more on terrariums check out these links: here and here.

x Sunny x

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW those are gorgeous! I have a cactus in a teacup but I never considered anything like that! :)