Ever since our ancestors first picked up their buckets and trowels, curating your own plant collection has been a great way to stay one step ahead of the Joneses. Green-thumbed creations can be traced back to around 600 BC. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon was said to have multiple tiers, and so many trees that it resembled a green mountain.
While most of us can’t match the Babylonians for scale or budget, there’s plenty of exciting and innovative ways to display your indoor plants. After all, your plants are much as an expression of your personality as your record or book collections, so it’s important to display them with the same level of pride and artistry. Plus, it’s not just about looks – they can also help to improve air quality, cover up bad scents and muffle loud noises.
There’s a tremendous amount of joy to be found in rearranging your indoor plants – taking something that might have been a simple window dressing and transforming it into a work of art.
For beginners, it’s probably best to start with the simple elegance of the terrarium. These sealed containers offer a great opportunity to customize and accessorize your plant with shells, rocks or other ornaments. Closing the terrarium offers a unique environment to grow the plant since the transparent glass allows for both heat and light to freely enter the container. In fact, this actually creates a localized water cycle within the container due to the evaporation of moisture.
Closed terrariums are best suited to plants that require hot and humid conditions – particularly those originating from rainforests or tropical environments like orchids, starfish plants, ferns, and air plants. While they should remain closed to protect the plant, they will require opening at least once a week to remove excess moisture. If left unchecked, this could lead to mould and spores growing within the container.
Adding a layer of charcoal to the mixture will reduce the risk of mould developing, as well as avoiding excessive watering. By lightly spritzing the plants with water, you should reduce the risk of mould and waterlogging your terrarium.
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