A Book Review
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Do you find yourself saving single wine glasses or odd bits of glassware? Now you can actually use them for something!
Make a miniature terrarium and give your salvaged pieces a new lease on life.
Where do you get them? Keep your eyes open in thrift stores, the local dollar store and garden shops. For some reason, I’ve always hung on to odd little things, like a tiny canning jar with no lid. Now I know exactly the right use for it!
This book tells you how to go about it, with lots of information about the soil, the ingredients and how to prepare it, the best plants, and most importantly, how to take care of your little creation to keep the plants happy and healthy in their tiny home.
To my surprise and delight, starting on page 88 there is an extensive listing of many succulent plants suitable for planting in tiny terrariums, including many of the interesting plants known as air plants.
Each one is noted as to the project that it’s used in, just to make it easier to see them planted in a terrarium.
These plants are usually smaller, with characteristics that make them great candidates for this type of container.
The all important thing to pay attention to is the watering – no surprise there. All plants need careful watering when planted in closed planters.
Great care has been taken with descriptions of exactly what type of media to use to plant in, as well as useful tips on how to fill the container without getting it all over the place, and the best lighting to give your plants the potential to thrive as decorative, living art.
Tips for growing certain plants to their best are scattered about the pages, such as the one on page 63, which is all about the use of Gasteria in a round bowl shaped terrarium.
- These plants can be grown indoors with little light, but move them occasionally to a spot near a window so that they can receive light equivalent to that filtered through a lace curtain.
Without knowing what each plant normally likes, these tips will help give you the most success in growing them, especially in such unique conditions.
Buy your copy of Miniature Terrariums;
With all the great pictures and detailed instructions, your next project could very well be a miniature terrarium.
Tuttle Publishing, started in 1832, was designed from the beginning to take information about the cultures of Asian countries and write about them in English. Producing award winning books on subjects from martial arts, paper crafts, and, of course, gardening topics, has been the result.
Interested in making your own terrarium? See the video about it and the full tutorial on ProFlowers Blog.