Gardens aren’t just for the outdoors. Put your green thumb to work with this stunning glass terrarium.
These whimsical windows to wild woodlands are so beautiful, you’ll want one on every sunny sill of the house. Certain plants, like orchids in this case, a Phalaenopsis), mosses or even carnivorous plants benefit from moist, humid conditions, and creating mini glass gardens. to grow them in for a few weeks can become a work of art. As there are no drainage holes in a glass jar or vase, add just very small amounts of water that the plant can use readily.
YOU WILL NEED
Glass vessels: We used a wonderful “Apple” jar from Flowermart, but any decorative storage bottle or jar will do. The bigger the jar the better.
Plants: This speckled Phalaenopsis is ‘Matou Freed’. Ask your nursery for other suggestions.
Orchid potting mix
Step one: place free-draining orchid mix high in the bottom of the container. (The depth will vary depending on the root ball of the plant you put in.) Wipe sides of glass clean.
Step two: Loosen root ball of plant and gently fit into container. Add more mix to cover root ball.
Step three: Use a layer of moss to create a carpet fit for a fairy, and moisten with water.
Finish your terrarium with a layer of moss to create a perfect miniature glass garden.
TOP TIPS Allow soil to dry out between watering. If condensation builds up. take the lid off for a breather.
Some orchids, such as Oncidium, can survive cooler temperatures (minimum 10°C)