Terrariums By: Angie Bush Introduction
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By: Angie Bush
A terrarium is a living plant growing inside a sealed glass container. In this presentation I will explain all about planting, soil, tools, plants, containers, care and the history of terrariums. Terrariums are often a miniature landscape under glass in the form of a woodland, a desert, a tropical jungle or your own collection of plants.
In 1827 the terrarium was invented by Nathaniel Ward, a London doctor. He came over this invention because his outdoor plants would not live in the polluted air of London, he discovered that he could make miniature greenhouses which was then named fern cases.
Horticulturists were able to bring back sensitive tropical plants in Wardian cases to be well-protected from salt, air, and changing climatic conditions during the long sea voyage.
A terrarium container must be made from clear glass or plastic. Tinted or cloudy glass greatly reduces light and interferes with plant growth.
Any type of clear container may be used:
Since low plants are preferred, more emphasis is placed on small plants. Some of these are creeping or climbing vines that may grow tall, but with limited height in the terrarium they form a groundcover. Most plants over 12 inches need to be cut back.
Most plants in the medium light category require good light near a window or less light from a window with artificial light. The terrarium should be placed within several feet of a bright window, but not in direct sun.
Dish gardens are arrangements of flowers in a normal planting dish although there are many different decorative dishes. Open terrariums provide higher humidity for plants than dish gardens do.
In this presentation I explained how to plant a terrarium and take care of it hopefully you will use this information have more knowledge about plants and their habitats.