Let soil dry out slightly, then evenly water to moisten soil. Be careful not to flood terrarium.
Provide indirect, filtered sunlight or artificial light. These terrariums do well in any part of the home or office, as long as its not direct sunlight.
Follow the same guidlines for the open terrarium. Remove cover once a week to let air into it. These terrariums do not have to be watered very often. If there is moss in yours, check to make sure it is moist. Water only when there is no excess water on the bottom of the terrarium.
Moss TerrariumKeep moss layer moist.
Keep away from direct sunlight.
Succulents, Cactus Desert Gardens
Place in a bright sunny spot. A windowsill or close to a window will do.
Allow soil to dry completely, then water till soil is moist.Air Plant Terrariums
Place in a well lighted area, but not in direct sunlight.
Mist generously, twice a week.
Latimer first planted his bottle garden in 1960 and last watered it in
1972 before tightly sealing it shut 'as an experiment'
hardy spiderworts plant inside has grown to fill the 10-gallon
container by surviving entirely on recycled air, nutrients and water
- Gardeners' Question Time expert says it is 'a great example just how pioneering plants can be'
To look at this flourishing mass of plant life you’d think David Latimer was a green-fingered genius.
Truth be told, however, his bottle garden – now almost in its 53rd year – hasn’t taken up much of his time.
In fact, on the last occasion he watered it Ted Heath was Prime Minister and Richard Nixon was in the White House.
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Still going strong: Pensioner David Latimer from
Cranleigh, Surrey, with his bottle garden that was first planted 53
years ago and has not been watered since 1972 - yet continues to thrive
in its sealed environment
For the last 40 years it has been
completely sealed from the outside world. But the indoor variety of
spiderworts (or Tradescantia, to give the plant species its scientific
Latin name) within has thrived, filling its globular bottle home with
Yesterday Mr Latimer, 80, said: ‘It’s
6ft from a window so gets a bit of sunlight. It grows towards the light
so it gets turned round every so often so it grows evenly.
‘Otherwise, it’s the definition of
low-maintenance. I’ve never pruned it, it just seems to have grown to
the limits of the bottle.’
The bottle garden has created its own
miniature ecosystem. Despite being cut off from the outside world,
because it is still absorbing light it can photosynthesise, the process
by which plants convert sunlight into the energy they need to grow.
Lush: Just like any other plant, Mr Latimers's
bottled specimen has survived and thrived using the cycle of
photosynthesis despite being cut off from the outside world
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2267504/The-sealed-bottle-garden-thriving-40-years-fresh-air-water.html#ixzz2MQCfjEiG