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How to Make a Great Terrarium

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Published: 2010-10-04 - Updated: 2020-10-04
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Synopsis: Terrarium making is a rewarding hobby that combines art and nature. Make a nice terrarium in an hour and enjoy caring for it and looking at it for years to come. A terrarium is an enclosed environment where plants, and sometimes animals, live together in an environment ranging in size from a two liter bottle of soda to a multi gallon fish tank. The best terrariums are the ones that go a little bit further than just a group of plants. Consider making your terrarium with a theme and then you can add little extras that add excitement to it.


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With a few tips and guidelines you can make some wonderful terrariums that are extraordinary.

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A vivarium is an area, usually enclosed, for keeping and raising animals or plants for observation or research. A vivarium may be small enough to sit on a desk or table, such as a terrarium or an aquarium, or may be a very large structure, possibly outdoors.

What is a Terrarium?

A terrarium is a small environment where plants and sometimes animals live together in their own little environment. Generally, this environment ranges in size from that of a two-liter bottle of soda to a thirty-gallon fish tank.

There are two basic types of terrariums: closed environment and open environment.

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A simple terrarium created in a round fish bowl with seashells and cactus plant features.
A simple terrarium created in a round fish bowl with seashells and cactus plant features.

The Basics

How to build the Terrarium

Caring For Your Terrarium

A terrarium can be very hardy and you should follow the general rules of indoor plants by giving it moderate amounts of water and sunlight. If you have made a closed environment terrarium it is possible to go weeks without ever having to water it. The water will pull up from the rocks and form a mist on the top of the terrarium then drip back down and water the plants. This closed loop system is very similar to what happens in the real world.

A terrarium is a beautiful composition of plants and flowers that require only minimum care. If you follow some of the basic rules of terrarium making and you add some creative touches you will have something that you can show off to your friends and that you can enjoy for years to come!

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