Have you thought about building a terrarium?

I have been noticing terrariums everywhere I turn.  It seems that lately their in stores, in catalogs and I see them as props in TV shows.  Terrariums are very hot and trendy right now.  Have you thought about building one?

They’re great for even those without a green thumb!  Plant terrariums require very little care because they are virtually self-sustaining environments. 

Just about any shape of glass or clear plastic container can be used.  Some examples are:

  • Fish Bowls
  • Wine Bottles
  • Canning Jars
  • Glass Sculptures

 There are three types of terrariums; open, closed or those for animal habitats.  You should think about what terrarium type you would like before purchasing plants. 

 There are both wet and dry terrariums.  It is important to not mix plants that need moisture with plants like cacti that need very little water.  Open terrariums usually don’t have lids and are the easiest but, require more frequent watering.  Closed terrariums are self-contained and require very little attention once built.  These are usually the most difficult to build at first because they typically have a small opening on one side or through the top of a bottle, for instance.  But, because of the moisture cycle within the container, they can typically go a month between watering.  The terrariums that sustain life are usually desert or rain forest like in style. 

 I suggest you add a little figurine, shell or structure to add a personal touch!  And an important tip – don’t place in direct sunlight!

 Popular plants include:

  • Small Fern
  • Miniature African Violet
  • Moss
  • Creeping Charlie
  • Cacti
  • Kalanchoe
  • Living Stones
  • Aloe

 If you need suggestions or help with a terrarium, please call Designscapes Colorado.

 Here is a video link to see my appearance on Channel 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayu3wLDBuZU&list=UU-2MJlKSq9_pYk5-bdvMhnw&index=1&feature=plcp

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