As the days are starting to get shorter and we begin to see the first frosts, it’s time to start thinking about spending more time cosying up indoors. We love being able to walk in the local parks and visit community gardens in autumn and winter, but it’s also lovely to be able to bring a little bit of the outdoors in.
Terrariums are the perfect way to protect beautiful tropical and humid loving plants from colder temperatures and provide the perfect environment for plants like Fittonia, Asparagus Ferns, and Ivy to thrive.
Terrariums were actually invented in 1827 by a London Doctor named Nathaniel Ward who had a passion for botany. After much experimenting he discovered that plants could thrive if they were kept in glass. Terrariums have been popular ever since and some have been known to live for over 50 years!
Terrariums provide the perfect conditions for these plants due to their wholly or mainly enclosed nature. Water evaporates during the day and hits the sides of the glass and falls during the night creating a miniature self-watering ecosystem.
The great thing about Terrariums is that you can use a wide variety of different containers, jars and bottles to fit the space you have. Once you know how to make them there’s no end to what you can create!
Terrariums require very little maintenance, which is perfect if you travel, have a tendency to forget to water houseplants or want something that is very easy to care for! Simply place them in bright indirect sunlight, a North-facing windowsill is best and enjoy!
They brighten up any home, make perfect Christmas presents and allow you to have a little bit of the outdoors in your home over the winter and if the conditions are right for months to come!
If you would like to find out how to build your own jar terrarium over a Brunch-time workshop, we will be holding fun, a hands on, engaging and informative session at Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses on the 12th of November.
Get a £10.00 discount with code ‘terrarium’.
Tickets and more information are available here.