Plants and human beings co-exist and depend on each other for nourishment. During the day, we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. Plants do the opposite; they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. In many home environment or even workplaces, and there is air conditioning that reduces the exchange of air in a room. Polluted indoor air is one major cause of headaches, itchy and sore eyes and other allergic reactions. However, terrariums bring foliage to your indoor space. Terrariums are a small and enclosed ecosystem for plants. It is sometimes referred to as a mini-greenhouse.
Decreases stress since plants have a calming effect. Improves mental focus. Drops blood pressure. Humidifies and purifies indoor air. Hanging terrariums provide a good growing environment for plants that cannot thrive in dry air. You can use an artificial source of light, for instance, fluorescent. The amount of water used is minimum
Care and Maintenance of Terrariums
Terrariums create a spectacular display of thriving miniature plants in your home. However, there are a few things to consider before selecting the plant. One is the size of the terrarium. Don’t choose a plant that will grow too long or quickly, overwhelming the space. The best plant to grow in a terrarium should be moderately small, do well in moist conditions, prefers well-drained soil and does well in indirect sunlight.
Plants that do Well in a Terrarium
Air plants, Tillandsia. Succulents like cacti and casual. Dwarf plants. Carnivorous plants like Venus flytrap, Sundew plants, and Pitcher plants. Ferns.
After choosing the best plant to grow, the next thing will be making sure that their growth in the terrarium is successful. It is always advisable to add stones or gravel at the bottom of the terrarium to aid in the drainage. You can then add a layer of charcoal. Adding charcoal has numerous benefits to the mini- greenhouse. Charcoal removes toxins by absorbing all the harmful chemicals from the soil and it keeps the soil fresh. There are other alternatives to charcoal, for instance, live moss. It keeps the terrarium fresh and absorbs the excess water that may result to root rot. To maintain the moss, trim them from time to time since they can grow tall, and also open the terrarium for a few hours a day since moss needs a lot of fresh air.
Light and water are also very vital in the growth of a plant in a terrarium. Place the mini-greenhouse in a place with indirect sunlight. The plants in the terrarium don’t need to be watered more regularly since they can reuse the water. When the time comes for you to water the plants, use a spoon, eyedropper or even a water sprayer to avoid overwatering. When you accidentally overwater the plants, make sure to open the terrarium to give the soil some time to dry.
Lastly, never forget to prune the plants. Apart from that, don’t forget to remove all the dead plants that might be present in your terrarium.