-Kristin Weeks- Terrariums make a great gift for just about any occasion, and with Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we thought we’d turn this week’s blog post into a tutorial for creating the perfect terrarium! What exactly is a terrarium? Terrariums are miniature, self-contained ecosystems that make beautiful focal points, are simple to care for, and act as a reminder of our connection to the outdoors. Terrariums can be created in everything from a small spice jar to large blown … [Read more...] about DIY Terrariums | Just In Time for Mother’s Day
-Annette Morgan- Terrariums were first developed by a happy accident. In 1842, botanist Nathaniel Ward was observing insect behavior when he mistakenly left the lid off of a jar. A tiny fern spore germinated in his jar and created the first terrarium, which also came to be known as a Wardian case. There are two types of terrarias classification, closed and open. A completely closed terrarium will develop its own water cycle system via condensation. This mini greenhouse will stay moist and … [Read more...] about Terrarium Tutorial – Build a World!
In one previous post I wrote about tillandsia care, and in another about constructing a terrarium. Since writing these two posts, I have noticed that one particular air plant terrarium here in the Carrboro store does extremely well. Every plant we put in there takes off until someone comes along to purchase it. Since noticing this phenomenon, I have begun mimicking the layers in other terrariums and have had similar success each time. In this post, I want to discuss this particular terrarium … [Read more...] about The Air Plant Terrarium
In recent years Tillandsia, commonly referred to as air plants, have become increasingly popular. These little epiphytes fly in the face of our understanding of traditional plant requirements, and that uniqueness makes them intriguing. Because of their mysterious nature, creating beautiful air plant displays is so effortless that anyone can do it -- one of the reasons they make such great gifts. Unfortunately, if they are not grown in the right conditions, they can also be relatively easy to … [Read more...] about Tillandsia: Care and display
Terrariums have been an on-again, off-again fad since the mid-1800's and have always sparked the human imagination. No matter their current popularity, these little curios are an interesting addition to any home decor, a great way to connect to nature during the cold months, and a very rewarding hobby. We have a lot of people come into Fifth Season Gardening in Carrboro looking for tips on how to build a terrarium, so here we will cover some basics everyone should know about the components used … [Read more...] about Terrarium Components and Construction