Have you ever gone to a friend’s place, seen a tropical rainforest growing in a glass bowl and gone: “Wow! This is so cool, this…this…what is this thing called?”
It’s called a Terrarium, we learnt the hard way. A terrarium is a sealable glass container inside which plants grow. It simulates the Earth’s soil structure, with large pebbles at the bottom and layers of soil on top of it. To understand the unique way in which a terrarium works, check out this Wiki about it. To put it simply, it’s a miniature greenhouse. Of course, not all terrariums need to be sealed. Some, which house less water-hungry, sturdier plants, can be left open.
We don’t know how to build a terrarium, but Ikea knows all about it. In fact, it has a wonderful little tutorial, which we are giving you in this post. What’s great is you can place a cluster of terrariums on your porch near the door to create a warm welcoming entrance. Place them on wrought iron stands, wooden racks or on brightly colored wooden stools and you got something pretty cool going on at your doorstep.
You can find the Ikea tutorial here. So, all you gardens-in-bottles fans, check it out, build one for yourselves and spread some green around your living spaces.