I really don't consider myself a hobbyist because I don't always make terrariums. I only create when I have the necessary materials and when I have the motivation to make one. I believe that terrarium making is the same as having a pet, the only difference is that terrarium will survive even if you don't water it from time to time. With the right amount of materials and exact tender loving care, then terrarium will surely survive.
I started creating my own version of Terrarium when Covid-19 cases started to rise and the lockdown was implemented last March 2019. It all started when I met a new good friend Froilan Aloro of Terraplantae. He encourage me to create my own version of terrarium and after a few exchanges of messages, I finally created by very first closed terrarium. It is made of Syngonium plants and moss.
What is a Terrarium?
A terrarium (plural: terraria or terrariums) is a sealable glass container containing plants and soil, it can be opened occasionally for maintenance to access the plant inside. Terrariums can also be open to the atmosphere rather than being sealed. Terrariums are usually used as decorations or as an ornaments. The closed terrariums create a unique environment for plants to grow, the glass walls allows heath and light to enter the terrarium which then creates a small scale water cycle making the plants inside grow.
The first terrarium was developed by Botanist Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward in 1842. Ward had an interest in observing insect behaviour and accidentally left one of the jars unattended. A fern spore in the jar grew, germinated into a plant, and this jar resulted in the first terrarium. Since then, it quickly spread in the Victorean Era amongst the English. Instead of terrarium, it was know as the Wardian case.
Types of Terrarium
Tropical plants such as mosses, orchids, ferns, and air plants are usually kept within the closed terrariums due to the conditions being similar to the humid and sheltered environment of the tropics. The sealed terrarium allows the circulation of the water. The closed terrarium can be opened once a week to remove excess mositure from the iar and walls of the container. This is usually done to prevent the growth of mold or algae which could damage the plants and discolor the sides of the terrarium.
This type of terrarium are best suited to plants that loves low humidity and soil moisture, such as temperate plants. For plants adapted to dry climates, open, unsealed terrariums are used to keep the air free from moisture.
I will continue to make more terrariums in the future for the following reasons:
1. Plants brightens and improves your mood. Some people loves plants and it makes them relax and improve your mood. Like me, I love plants as you can see.
2. Terrariums unleashes your creativity. For some who loves creativity and arts, but making terrariums will sure elevate your creative element in building a terrarium. You will surely have a lot in your mind in creative a small world inside a bottle through the terrariums. Try it, who knows, you may create something unique and wonderful.
3. Terrariums are easy to look at. It's easy to take care of the plants inside if you have the right balance of moisture, soil, please and humidity. It still depends on what type of terrarium are you making. If you have open terrarium, then you will occasionally water the plants and if you have close terrarium - they water themselves. So you see, terrariums are low in maintenance.
4. You will surely enjoy Gardening, without the Garden. For those who lives in an apartment or those city slickers you can now rejoice! You have a way to grow things without a huge land area to call your own.
5. Terrariums are fantastic learning tool for ids and adults alike. This miniature ecosystem puts science up close and person for everyone. This allows the kids to learn how to take care of a plant like a pet and allow them to closely watch how the plants grow and how the water cycle operates inside the close ecosystem.
Finally paid off
After a few terrarium builds, I am happy to announce that some of our terrariums made it to a local show called AHA Show in one of their episode - Make your own Terrarium. Though they only featured my photos but I am still happy that I made it to the local show and finally the Terrarium community in the Philippines have been recognized. Cheers!
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