Terrarium – the aquarium for plants

Terrarium Workshop

A Terrarium is undoubtedly the best gift for people with a green thumb. Terrariums are aquariums, the only difference being, terrariums contain plants instead of fishes. It is a sealable eco-friendly miniature garden that primarily functions as a showpiece or home decor and commonly used to adorn the insignificant corners of a corporate establishment.

Terrarium Workshop can be classified into two different types: –

  1. Open Terrarium – Open Terrariums don’t have a lid on the top portion of the glass container. Plants that prefer some extra humidity and moisture in the soil, can’t survive in an Open Terrarium, therefore, mini temperate plants that grow in a dry climate and open environment are best suited for open terrariums.

For example: –

Terrarium Workshop

Appropriate Plants for Open Terrariums with Bright Light

  1. Crassula Ovata (Jade)
  2. Haworthia
  • Echeveria
  1. Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Widow’s-Thrill)

Appropriate Plants for Open Terrariums with Medium Light

  1. Peperomia (Parallel, Ripple, Peperomioides Chinese Money Plant)
  2. Pilea (Friendship Plant, Glauca, Depressa)
  • Hypoestes (Polka Dot Plant)
  • Dracaena
  1. Closed Terrarium – Closed Terrariums are sealed glass containers with plants and soil put in them. Closed Terrariums do not need to be watered frequently, but they must be opened every once in a while, to check for condensation, damaged leaves (plants kept in closed terrariums are highly vulnerable to being damaged by algae and fungal infection, therefore, proper maintenance is advised) and moisture in the soil. Since plants in the tropical regions grow in a rich-in-moisture soil and closed environment, therefore, closed terrariums are best suited for mini tropical plants.

For Example: –

Appropriate Plants for Closed Terrariums with Medium Light

  1. Helxine soleirolii (Baby’s Tears)
  2. Oxalis Triangularis
  • Plumosa Nanus (Asparagus Fern)
  1. Fittonia (Nerve Plant)

Appropriate Plants for Closed Terrariums with Low Light

  1. Mood Moss
  2. Sheet Moss
  • Pillow Moss
  1. Cactus

Terrariums can be modified in an infinite number of ways. For the container, we could either use a large glass bowl, a medium-sized plastic container, a mini glass vessel or even a tiny glass jar! People often use wider containers for a terrarium in order to adjust more plants and decorative elements in it. Designing a basic terrarium is extremely easy and exceedingly enthralling. One doesn’t have to have access to expensive equipment and fancy ornaments to build a stunning terrarium, no matter open or closed.

The following directions can help you make a basic terrarium and the decoration segment is open to customization: –

Step 1: Choose a container for your terrarium (A Glass Vessel is recommended).

Step 2: Choose the plants (Tropical plants for closed terrarium, Temperate plants for open terrariums).

Step 3: Add drainage layers to the terrarium.

Step 4: Now, add potting soil and moss layer.

Step 5: Prepare the plants for planting.

Step 6: Now, plant the terrarium.

Step 7: Adore the terrarium with pebbles, figures, and ornaments.

Step 8: Water the plants inside the terrarium.

Step 9: Last but not the least, Maintain the terrarium following a few underwritten steps: –

  1. Check the soil frequently to check if it’s dry and requires water.
  2. If you have a closed terrarium, check the container walls for condensation.
  3. Take off damaged leaves and wipe the walls often.