Check out the new and improved, comprehensive list of plants for terrariums. If you are searching for a new type of plant to try in a terrarium, or are new to terrariums and are looking for plants that are suited for terrarium life, this list (complete with photos) should give you a good start.
Am I missing any plants that you have grown in a terrarium? Tell me in the comments!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
In addition to the brilliant red, lovely white, and peppermint-marbled poinsettia, Weidner's has a crop of more modern varieties. Gone are the days of the limited poinsettia color palette, nowadays there is a poinsettia to match nearly any holiday color scheme.
How to Get Poinsettia to Bloom for Christmas
I also learned a handy tip if your are keeping your poinsettia over for the next year: if you want blooms by Christmas you'll need to force it into 12 hours of darkness a day in the month prior. You can place a box over the plant or put it in a closet - but the 12 hours is required to get blooms by December. If you live in a part of the country that gets 12 hours of night in October and November, you should be in the clear.
Ecke Ranch is the largest purveyor of these speciality poinsettia varieties - check out their site if you'd like to learn more.
|"Tapestry" - a true red flower (take my word for it, the colors are off in this photo)|
with gorgeous yellow and cool green variegated leaves.
|"Carousel" - a ruffled bloom in a rich burgundy red.|
|"Renaissance Winter Rose" - the winter rose part seemed to imply the curled red leaves that form a more "rose" shaped poinsettia. Note the long stems - this poinsettia is intended to be a cut flower and can last up to 10 days in a vase.|
|"Orange Spice" - an orange-red poinsettia great for thanksgiving.|
|Any shade of poinsettia you could imagine.|
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
|Bell jar style terrarium ad, from the|
book "Fern Fever"
Sarah Whittingham traces this phenomenon in her glossy book "Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania." Jam packed with lush photos of ferneries, fern grotto gardens, and decorative arts graced with fern fronds, she forms an overwhelming set of evidence for the Victorian fern fever, or pteridomania.
Interestingly enough, young women embraced fern fever the most avidly of all Victorians. Much like the pop star-crazed tweens of today, Victorian teens were engrossed in trading fern specimen collector cards and begging their parents to install fern grottoes in their basements. Even the daughter of novelist Charles Dickens developed mild pteriodomania.
An excerpt from the book:
The novelist Charles Dickens was sometimes irritated by his daughter Mary's lack of vigour and purpose in life. In 1862 he wrote to a friend to whom Mary (then aged 24) had expressed a wish for some ferns to plant in their home:
"After careful cross examining my daughter . . . I do NOT believe her to be worthy of the fernery . . . When I ask her where she would have the fernery and what she would do with it, the witness falters, turns pale, becomes confused, and says: 'Perhaps it would be better not to have it at all."
|"Fern Fever: The Story of Pteridomania"|
by Sarah Whittingham
Incidentally, all these ferns necessitated all sorts of fern cases, aquariums, terrariums and other methods of constructing suitable environments for the precious and often costly fern specimens. I share a few copies of the advertisements for Victorian fern cases from the book.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
|Photo by Ted Savage|
Check out these geometric terrariums by Ricardo Espinoza. While the angular, gem-facet look is becoming very common in terrariums - I haven't seen the wall-mounted geometric terrarium like the one in the photo. See more at mocoloco.com.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Moss and terrarium plants in general can benefit from humid, temperate conditions. If you fear your terrarium is getting too hot, you have a couple of options for cooling it down.
My first recommendation is to attempt to cool your terrarium by keeping it in a cooler spot (away from direct sunlight or sunbeams). Perhaps near a curtained window? I searched on the web for some low tech tips that also might help you and found some good ones at josh frogs.com. The suggestion about placing an icepack or a frozen water bottle on top of or inside the terrarium sounds like something that could be easily attempted with minimal investment or risk of over-cooling!
Have you tried another method for cooling a terrarium?