The jewel orchid can make an attractive focal point for a terrarium. In a well-designed and cultivated environment, the vibrant beauty of these exotic flowers will make them the focus of your underwater world. They are easy to grow from seed and produce colorful flowers. It is not unusual for one plant to have hundreds of offspring. With such a prodigious yield, it’s a wonder that they are still sought after as houseplants, with their delicate and varied colors and beautiful flowers.
The first thing to consider before buying a plant is its suitability for your terrarium. Do you have room for it? Will it fit on your desk? Is the pot heavy enough to hold the orchid? What about the soil?
It is best to choose the size of the tank as well as the type of pot that you will use. The majority of orchids require a wide, shallow base water container, approximately four to six inches deep. Smaller pots are usually suitable for potted plants and some species require terrarium gravel or pebbles to be planted at the bottom. An average of eight to ten gallons is needed for a good-sized container.
If you plan to grow more than one orchid in your terrarium, it is better to use a rectangular box rather than a circle, because the corners will be able to bear more weight. An empty water paint can be used as the base of the container, making it easier for you to fill it with the soil. Another option would be to use water beads or sand to fill up the container. Some orchids may prefer to have a water spray bottle or mist bulb attached to the bottom of the terrarium.
Most orchids will appreciate partial water coverage, so place them in a separate shallow dish. Watering should be performed once per week, but this will depend on how fast the plants grow. It is better to water only near the base of the plants, since you don’t want to over water the container. Make sure that you don’t forget to drain the soil before repotting your precious plants.
Some orchids grow better when they are planted in a larger container such as a terrarium, but they will do better in their natural habitat. Place the pots upside down and fill the container with the potting soil. Just remember not to add too much water or else the roots might rot. Repot every two weeks. Remove the plants from the terrarium and place them in a bright location where they will receive lots of sunlight.
Because some orchids require a lot of light, it may be a good idea to provide artificial lighting. Place the terrarium in a south or west facing part of your house and give it about six hours of bright light each day. The bulbs that you choose will determine the amount of light they receive. However, be sure not to over-light the plants as this can cause damage.
Be sure not to overwater your orchid. The roots will rot if water gets into the plant. It can cause fungus and bacterial growth, as well as killing the roots and the plant itself. The best way to know if the terrarium is right for your orchid is by holding it in your hand. If it doesn’t feel comfortable or if you can easily bend it over, it may not be the right habitat. The best place for your orchids is in a terrarium filled with air and water.
The final thing you need to be careful of is insects. One of the worst enemies of your orchid is the spider. They can suck the roots clean out of the orchid. Also, ants are attracted to the scent of the plant as well. These tiny creatures can break off a root or two and choke the plant.
Your final step is to place your orchids in the terrarium. Use a net or wrap the plant in a cloth to prevent it from falling out. Water the plants well and make sure the tank has no leaves in it. This will help to keep the roots moist while the plant absorbs its salts from the water.
Within a few weeks your new plant should begin to thrive. Check often that the water is still draining properly and make sure nothing is preventing your orchids from receiving the nutrients they need. You should continue to feed your newly bought orchid everyday. You can even add some fluorescent light. By keeping your orchid healthy, you will reap the many rewards of having a beautiful landscape.