One great attraction of a terrarium is that once the plants have been installed they need very little attention other than some minimal watering. Not only do you enjoy the plants, but the design of the container adds to the overall appeal. If you are planting a terrarium for the first time you should read this article by Andy McIndoe since there are pitfalls if you do not know what you are doing. But follow his ten tips and you should have no problems. The article comes from the Learning With Experts website.

Maybe it?s time for a revival? Bottle gardens and terrariums used to be as popular as ferns and ivies in macram? hangers. The big, green carboy was one of the most sought after d?cor features. It required some skill and patience to plant it, especially if you were working with a teaspoon taped onto a bamboo cane. So called bottle garden plants, a selection of foliage subjects sold in small 6cm (2.5?) pots were to be found in every florist and garden shop; garden centres as we know them today were few and far between. But then that was when houseplants were at their peak, since then interests have waned.


2 Hanging bromeliad bottles


The bottle garden or terrarium did enjoy a bit of a revival during the air plant era. The small epiphytic bromeliads became quite a craze and were glued onto anything with a blob of bathroom sealant. They require some humidity and moisture in the air to remain healthy, so a semi-closed glass environment was considered a good idea. Their own little microclimate where they could be misted occasionally.


3 Cryptanthus (1280x960)


Closely related to their epiphytic cousins, cryptanthus, which are terrestrial bromeliads, make wonderful bottle garden plants. They are naturally small in stature and can be planted in the growing medium alongside broad leaved evergreens and ferns. They lend themselves to association with pieces of bark or twig.


4 Bottle gardens assorted


So what?s the difference between a bottle garden and a terrarium?


A bottle garden is made in any glass container that has been, or could have been used for something else. You could use a goldfish bowl, a kilner jar, an old sweet jar or a laboratory flask. Fill it with a layer of gravel for drainage and a generous layer of growing medium, add a few small houseplants and you have a bottle garden.

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