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                                                         Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:07 AM                                         Posted by Stylish Wanderer

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                                                     by ex.libris Setting up a Terrarium - The Basic Supplies It's fun to set up and plant a terrarium so here's a list of
                                                     basic supplies you will need.




                                                     terrarium supplies plants
                                                         Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:07 AM                                         Posted by Stylish Wanderer
                                                      
                                                                                                                 It’s fun to set up and plant a terrarium so here’s a list of
                                                                                                                 basic supplies you will need and some information
                                                                                                                 about the plants you could grow.


                                                                                                                 Of course the first thing you will need is a suitable
                                                                                                                 container. Many different recycled containers can be
                                                                                                                 used including plastic or glass bottles, fish bowls and
                                                                                                                 tanks, jugs, old apothecary jars etc. Specially made
                                                                                                                 terrariums come in many different designs, styles and
                                                                                                                 sizes. Before you decide on the container take careful
                                                                                                                 note of where it will be located and the size that will fit
                                                                                                                 best. For a terrarium that will contain living creatures
                                                                                                                 make sure that it is big enough when those creatures
                                                     grow to full size.


                                                     Terrariums set up to simulate desert conditions usually have a base of builders sand with rocks and succulents.
                                                     Kept very dry they are suitable for spiny lizards, box turtles, desert tarantulas and other creatures from the desert.


                                                     A terrarium with a soil base and decorated with pine cones, leaves, bark etc simulating the floor of a wood. With
                                                     fresh water these type of terrariums are ideal for scorpions, chameleons, snakes and some turtles.


                                                     There are different base materials recommended for different types of terrariums. For a basic plant terrarium
                                                     coarse gravel is usually used as a base, covered with a layer of activated charcoal to keep the air clean.
                                                     Sphagnum moss is layered over the charcoal and finally a layer of suitable compost. Specially formulated
                                                     compost for terrariums is sold at garden centers or a mixture of potting compost, coarse builders sand and leaf
                                                     mold.


                                                     The high humidity inside a terrarium is ideal for moisture loving plants such as ferns, bromeliads or mosses but
                                                     a terrarium can be set up to simulate a wide range of natural conditions including desert conditions. There many
                                                     small plants suitable for growing in a terrarium including ground cover, trailers and flowering plants. Orchids or
                                                     carnivorous plants, which are native to areas of high humidity can be very successfully raised in a terrarium.


                                                     Maidenhead, spleenwort, Irish moss, Partridge berry, Baby tears, Creeping fig, Irish Moss, Rosary vine, Swedish
                                                     ivy, Bird Nest, Sansevieria, Maidenhair fern, Nerve plant , Prayer plant, Spider plant, False Aralia, Watermelon
                                                     peperomia, Asparagus fern, Tahitian Bridal Veil, Heart-leaved philodendron,Strawberry begonia, Wintergreen,
                                                     African violet (select miniature varieties), Aluminum plant, Artillery plant, Miniature Begonia rex, Begonia rex-
                                                     cultorum, English ivy, Flame violet, Golden pothos.


                                                     All natural terrariums can contain bark, rocks, driftwood etc. A small mirror, to simulate a pool with the edges
                                                     covered by the plants can also look effective. Specially made waterfalls can be added to give a lovely effect if you
                                                     have a large terrarium. Other artificial decorations can be also used. If you are including living creatures provide
                                                     them with artificial caves and a source of drinking water. Check any natural materials regularly for rotting in the
                                                     humid atmosphere.