Terrariums are miniature gardens grown inside covered clear containers. Use them as a low-maintenance way to enhance your indoor environment, or as a way to teach kids about the water cycle as they witness the fascinating succession of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation in their mini-environment.
|African violet||artillery fern|
|false aralia||jade plant|
|miniature peperomia||nerve plant|
|oxalis||pink polka dot plant|
|prayer plant||small ferns|
|small peace lilies||small philodendrons|
|spider plant||strawberry begonia|
Infuse your terrarium with personality - feel free to be creative and add other objects to create mini-landscape scenes. Here are some ideas: decorative rocks; animal figurines; tiny bridges; mirrors (portraying miniature ponds).
After planting, attach the lid or cover with plastic. Place the terrarium in a windowsill with indirect lighting or under grow lights. Do not place it in strong, direct sunlight or water will evaporate too quickly and plants may get scorched.
Observe your terrarium closely for the first few days to make sure you have the proper moisture level:
You'll know that the terrarium contains the right amount of water if the sides and top get misty with water droplets when in bright light.
If there is no moisture along the sides, then you need to add some more water.
If the sides are always very wet and it is hard to see the plants, then there's too much water and you should remove the top for a few hours and allow some of the excess water to evaporate.
Once you achieve the perfect balance, your terrarium will only need periodic monitoring.
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