Friday, July 17, 2020
Nowadays every nature lover has at least one terrarium in his of her living room. A real mini-jungle in a bottle. Actually, we could see a terrarium as a mini-ecosystem. There is your additional advantage: it makes it very easy to maintain, also for those of us who are not really good at taking care of plants.
So terrariums are hot, but not new. As early as the eighteenth century, plants and seeds were shipped in bottles and glass crates. Curious? You can read more about this in our first blog about closed terrariums.
Today we would like to tell you more about the half open terrarium. The half open alternative is, with some instructions, very easy to make yourself.
Half open terrariums
It is important that you choose plants that like high humidity. Suitable plants for a half open terrarium are, for example:
- Venus flycatcher (Dionaea Muscipula)
- Cape sundew (Drosera Capensis )
- Pitcher plant (Sarracenia)
Carnivorous plants get their nutrients from the insects they digest. That is why it is important to remove the cork from the glass every once in a while. Then leave it off for a week or two.
Due to the high humidity and the fact that the glass is open from time to time, the plants grow quickly. This creates an ideal living climate. Sometimes it is therefore necessary to cut away the shoots. A terrarium scissors with curved blades comes in very handy. Don’t forget! If you open the glass, the plants need water regularly to prevent them from drying out.
Did you know that the most famous terrarium is sixty! years old? David Latimer put a plant in a bottle in 1960 and to this day on, his ecosystem is still going strong!
The terrariums come with a handy step-by-step plan. It simply can't go wrong, even without a green thumb!
1. Apply the drainage layer (stones).
2. Add the active carbon.
3. Add the Plant Terrrarium soil.
4. Dig little holes in the soil and put the plants in it.
You can dig very easy with a terrarium tool set. Put the plants in and carefully put the soil back. The finishing touch is easily applied with the terrarium tweezers
5. Fill the sides and top with stones or other natural materials.
6. Water the plants and close the bottle with the cork or stopper.
Mix and match endlessly with our terrariums. Check out the closed alternative as well. Available in four different sizes, ranging from 5 to 55 litres, as a single bottle or complete set.
And last but not least the open version. Available in four different sizes, from 3 to 15 litres. New in our collection: the transparent version.