If you have just purchased a terrarium kit or have made your own, you are probably wondering how to make a glass jar terrarium. You may have learned about terrarium plants before, but you may not know exactly how it is done. A terrarium is an artificial environment for fish, two in one, with multiple benefits. It is a healthy environment for your plants, free from the soil-borne diseases that can kill your plants if they are outdoors, and allows them to grow healthier than they would in their natural habitat. Also, it provides a beautiful home for your fish, providing shelter and food, and adding visual interest to your aquarium.
How to make a terrarium starts with the materials. A terrarium kit contains a special glass container, the bottom of which is filled with soil and gravel, and on top is a layer of rocks and pebbles. The soil and gravel to act as both a base and as a covering for the fish. The rock layer provides the basic structural support for the terrarium and serves as a place for any biological material (such as sand, stone, paper, or plastic) to be added. The final layer, the pebble layer, is simply a material that makes the rocks more attractive. Many DIY terrarium kits come with many different types of pebbles.
The process of how to make a terrarium plants begins once you have the basic structure in place. You will need a good place to put the terrarium plants without touching it. The plants can be planted directly onto the gravel, since the gravel serves as both a base and as a covering. However, moss can grow very fast, so if you do not have moss, you may need to purchase some moss from a garden shop.
Since plants can grow quickly, you should provide plenty of light for them. To do this, purchase or buy a small fluorescent light, such as a “grow lamp”, which can be found at most home improvement stores. Place the lamp near the plants and remember to turn the light on only during the daylight hours. If the plants do require sunlight, place several small vases with clear glass on the side of the terrarium containers so that the leaves do not fall into the water.
Your terrarium plants will not grow unless the humidity in the terrarium is high. This is why the terrarium air plants also need to have a good supply of humidity. Place a small piece of fabric over the terrarium and place a piece of damp fabric on top of this cloth. Then attach the bulb to the bottom of the fabric and turn the terrarium upside down.
For your first few weeks of growing your plants inside a terrarium, start off by simply watering the plants with tap water. Watering your plants with tap water is not good for your plants, so it is important to give the plants a small amount of water every day until you are ready for the plants to be weeded out. Once the plants are weeded out, you can start to water the plants with a more concentrated water solution, such as a water spray bottle.
Glass terrariums are great for growing tropical plants or even some flowering plants like roses or herbs. Since terrariums cannot provide as much light as traditional containers for your plants to grow in, you might want to use a few special “vertical sprays” to help them get the sunlight they need. These sprays look like small plastic sunflowers. Attach these to the tops of your terrariums and place them about six to twelve inches away from the plants.
Once you have your plant’s settled into their new home and your terrarium has been giving them all the light and moisture they need, you are going to have to take a bit more care of them. This means feeding them with the correct amount of nutrients, cleaning out their drinking water and misting frequently with a low level water mist. Humidity is important for your plants because it helps to keep their roots healthy and to ensure that they will grow strong. You should also check your terrariums at least once a year to make sure that there is no debris collecting in the bottom or on the outside of the terrarium walls, which could be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and fungus.