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Terrariums Make A Comeback


In this super fast life, rarely do you get time to set up your own green space—an area where you can sit back and relax over a cup of coffee after a grilling day at work. But who said only outdoor gardens look fascinating? 
Here is how you can create your own little garden indoor that fits on a tabletop.

DIY:

1. Take a clean clear jar either open or closed.

2. Put broken brick pieces ¼ inches approximately at the base. Start with an inch thick layer of small pebbles and horticultural charcoal mixed together and laid on the bottom of a glass container.



3. Top it up with a thin layer of charcoal.

4. Add equal parts of coco peat and soil available in nurseries and plant shops slightly wet. The total layer should not be less than two inches.(1/4 the height of your container as a thumb rule)

5. Make holes where you are going to place your plants and firmly pat soil into place
around the plant.

6. Add bits of nature such as lichen-covered twigs, seed pods, or meditation stones. Use gloves when handling moss.

7. Do not use fertilizers since you need slow growth of plants.

8. After you complete the planting, spray little water so leaves get washed thoroughly.

9. DO NOT over water as excess water has no where to go, and the plants will wither.

10. Once you see the plants have settled, add your accessories and seal it.

11. Keep container open and water again when you see it drying out. 

TIPS:

Choosing the Apt Containers

Terrariums should be made from clear glass or plastic containers, and may be open or closed with a lid or glass fixed with a little blue tack. You can choose from fish bowls or
tanks, jars, large brandy glasses, the list stops when you decide what to use. Even the
containers have a category—they can either be closed or open.

Knowing the Growing Medium

Always use equal parts of cocopeat and soil dampen lightly, wrap in foil, put in an oven at 200degrees for approx 30 minutes. The soil when cools, is sterilized and ready to use.

How to Care for Terrarium Plants

* Water sparingly. After planting, mist your plants or trickle water onto the potting mix to
moisten it. Once established, you’ll only need to water them once every month or two.

* Watch your plants. If they’re beginning to wilt, add a little water. Always water lightly.
Too much water is difficult to get rid of because it evaporates slowly in an enclosed
container.

* Give it light. Put your terrarium where it will get plenty of bright light, but out of direct sun. Don’t have a bright location for your terrarium? Artificial lighting works wonderfully, too.

* Pinch and Prune. Remove dying leaves as soon as you notice them. They’ll likely rot and attract fungus. 

* When choosing plants, remember they need filtered light only. Preferably use small leaf
and slow growing plants. Also make sure they are clean and disease free. A good idea is
to gently give the leaves a thorough washing before planting. 

* As space is limited it is a good idea to trim the plants regularly, to give room to grow. A terrarium is a living specimen, so as plants die, remove them immediately and replace
carefully so not to affect existing plants. 

Plants such a Ivy, ferns, crotons, dracaena, plants that grow in semi shade conditions do best.

Go green and transparent!

Accessorize it Right

1. Place little figurines, houses, bridges, people, shells etc.
2. Blue stones create the illusion of water.
3. For first timers it is easier to use jars with wide mouths, as you can use your hands to place the plants.
4. Once you have done the first one, try old whisky bottles, and narrow mouth jars.
5. Visually it must be appealing. So arrange small ones in front taller at the back etc., a variety in colour leaf and design will make it appealing.
6. If you want the terrarium visible from all sides then put tallest plant in the middle surrounded by shorter plants, before you actually put them in the container.
7. Take care that leaves do not touch glass in closed terrariums, as they will rot
easily. 

Words: Food and GoodLiving Magazine



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