Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Closed Terrariums

It may be gray outside, but it's always green with indoor terrariums. You can use any kitchen canisters, glass jars or apothecary jars. It just has to have a lid. The tight-fitting lids capture the condensation the plants require to thrive. Making beautiful terrariums is a prefect way to bring the outside indoors during the winter months.

Tools and Materials
• Container with closing lid
• Plants of your choice
• Charcoal (horticulture or fish)
• Potting soil
• Moss ( sheet, clump, cushion or reindeer)
• Pea size gravel or river rocks for drainage and accents

How to Steps

1. Cover the bottom of a jar with rocks about 1 inch depth. You can use river rocks or pea size gravel for this.
2. Then add 1/4 inch of ground charcoal.
3. Add a layer of potting soil 1-1/2 inches.
4. Now add plants if you want or just lay your moss over the soil.

5. Make surethat any leaves, petals, and stems do not touch the glass once planted.

6. Spritz twice with water, and place the lid on the jar.

Care Tips

The terrarium should retain moisture, so re watering won't be necessary, but you should check the soil periodically to be safe.

Keep terrarium in a spot with diffuse light. If too much much condensation forms, give the terraarium a little less light or remove the top for two hours.

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