In terms of decorative plants, it is especially the terrariums that have recently been talked about on social networks, influential blogs or decoration magazines.
What is a terrarium?
Open or closed container welcoming vegetation. The principle is that we create an ecosystem where the plant transpires and therefore rejects water that returns to its base and hydrates. It creates its own oxygen thanks to the carbon dioxide it will produce at night and will reuse the day. These miniature gardens can be dry or wet, open or closed, small or large … Advantages: they live a long time, play perfectly their role of decorative element while being easy to maintain. In short, it is ideal for the urban gardener.
Do you want to go there?
Follow Christophe’s seven tips or take part in his regular workshops on the subject.
- Take care to choose the right container, as it will define the type and life of your plant. The bigger it is, the more likely it is to prosper for a long time.
- Be sure to combine plants that have the same light and moisture requirements, and showing similar development. Example: a fern and a calathea.
- Install a draining base in the bottom of the terrarium to prevent the roots from staying in contact with the water, or beware of rot.
- Use a suitable substrate. More acidic for acidophilic plants like fern, more draining for dry plants like agave.
- Keep the substrate moist, but with a very small amount of water. Dose according to the choice of plants.
- Watch for condensation on the glass. If they exceed half of the container, it means that your terrarium is too wet. Remove the cap for a few days! If they are completely absent for several days, rewet slightly.
- Finally, never expose your terrarium in full sun, under penalty of greenhouse effect.