DIY Fairy Garden Terrarium
There are so many ways that you can create a fairy garden. In this article I am going to be discussing how to create a terrarium. As well as how you can do it yourself. This diy fairy garden terrarium will be a cute little addition to your home.
Terrarium also known as a glass garden is a transparent enclosure for keeping or raising plants or unusually small animals such as turtles or hermit crabs (and fairies) indoors. You can find exhibits at the zoo that are often in the form of a terrarium. Some people have ant farms, this is another type of terrarium. A greenhouse or conservatory is another place that would be considered as a terrarium. They try to create conditions as close as possible to a natural habitat
A covered terrarium can often sustain itself for months on the moisture that is trapped inside. To create the ideal terrarium requires controlling the humidity as well as temperature, good ventilation and a full spectrum of sunlight as well as a day-night regulator. If it is a sealed container, combined with the heat entering the terrarium allows for the creation of a small scale water cycle. This happens because moisture from the soil as well as the plants evaporates in the elevated temperatures inside the terrarium. The water vapor condenses on the walls of the container and eventually falls back into the plants and soil inside the container. This saves the plants from drying out. The plants that are inside the transparent enclosure can photosynthesize due to the light that passes through. The first terrarium was developed in 1842 using a fern spore inside a glass container.
Plants that should be kept in a sealed container include mosses, ferns, orchids and air plants. This is due to the tropical environment of the plants. The container should be opened at least once a week so that mold growth will not produce in the container or on the plants. They also need to be watered occasionally you will know when to water them when there is no condensation on the inside walls of the terrarium or if your plants begin to wilt.
Air plants are great inside your terrarium. Air plants or epiphyte are plants that derive their moisture and nutrients from the air and rain. They usually grow on another plant (epiphyte) You may have seen some of these if you have ever visited a rain Forrest. I am sure you have seen moss growing on a rock or a tree maybe even a home. This is one of the most common types of air plants. Here in the North Western United States we see this everywhere due to the moist climate. When you go into the Forrest you will see moss growing everywhere. Everything is covered in it.
Tillandsia is another common air plant that you may see. There are around 650 different species of evergreen perennial flowering plants. They are native to the Forrest, mountains and deserts of Northern Mexico, and Southeastern United States. This kind of plant genus have naturally been established in diverse environments which include rain Forrest, high elevations Andes Mountains, rock dwelling regions and Louisiana swamps. Some are aerophytes which have minimal root systems and grow on shifting desert soil. The thinner-leaf varieties grow in rainy areas and the thick-leaf varieties are more in the desert areas or areas more subject to drought. Most species get draw moisture and nutrients through the leaves from rain, dew, dust, decaying leaves and insect matter.
Tallandsia has a life cycle of one plant growing to maturity and blooming. Some time during this cycle around the time of blooming it will produce offsets called pups. Most plants produce between two and eight pups. Each plant will flower only once in its lifetime. Each pup becomes another plant and begins the cycle. The flower can last from several days to many months. This depends on the species. Different species bloom at different times depending on the care and the environment. The blooms can be expected around mid winter and could last until mid summer. The mother plant will dry up when she is ready to die. This could take several years after she has bloomed. However, you will still have the pups that will fill in when the mother dries up. Or you can choose to cut the pups from the mother.
You can choose to mount your Tallandsia when doing so I recommend that you use E-6000 waterproof glue 1/2 ounce tube. It will adhere 30 to 50 plants per tube. You can mount them on a piece of driftwood, bark or any other natural surface.
Terrariums Can be Open to the Atmosphere
Terrariums can be open to the atmosphere when you are using succulents. Some people call these desert terrariums. This is because you can plant succulents or cacti in them. When you choose your plants having succulents could make a beautiful terrarium. Because of the dry conditions for caring for these plants an open terrarium is best. Just make sure your soil can provide good drainage for these types of plants. By placing small pebbles in the bottom of the terrarium it will help with the drainage. Also, make sure your soil does not retain too much moisture. You can use any open container to plant your succulents in. The best part is they don’t require a lot of care once you build it just keep an eye on whether it needs water and a spray bottle should work to water them. If you water them too much root rot could set in and kill the plants. It is just a matter of you choosing the plants of your choice.
Supplies for Your DIY Fairy Garden Terrarium
- The first thing you will need is a Terrarium
- You will need some sand or soil this depends on how big or small you choose to make it.
- You need some rocks just enough to cover the bottom or even just pile a few on the side.
- You will also need plants either air plants or succulents.
- You can use Fairy Garden Supplies Fairy, house, mailbox, what ever you feel the theme is to this fairy garden
- One spray bottle with water in it will be needed.
Put the soil in first, plant the plants or position them to where you choose. Add some rocks anywhere in the terrarium. Then make the theme of your fairy garden. Spray the plants so there is a little moisture inside the terrarium. That is all. One Beautiful Fairy Garden Terrarium.
I hope this has helped you to know a little more about making a terrarium and what you can do to help create another wonderful looking fairy garden.
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