Monday, October 20, 2014

One Problem in Healthy Terrariums: Vigorous Plant Growth

Speise Morchel Morchella esculenta
by H. Krisp
Part of the fun of terrariums is establishing a little ecosystem of your own design, but sometimes plants make their own monstrous way!  One issue you may encounter in your healthy terrarium is plants outgrowing your terrarium container.  Vigorous plants may require pruning of leaves or stems, and enthusiastic spreading plants may require removal of pup plants.  Also be sure to remove dead leaves, fronds or plants, as they may contribute to rot in your terrarium.

Georgeanne Davis of The Free Press Online shares a funny story about an enthusiastic fungus, as well as some good tips for harvesting terrarium plants:
"In the very first terrarium we ever made we included a tiny morel mushroom. The next day, it had grown alarmingly out of scale in our miniature landscape, and on the morning of its third day in captivity we awoke to find the morel pushing up the lid of its apothecary jar, a fungal Frankenstein."   

Monday, October 6, 2014

Lead Head Glass: Recycled Window Glass Terrariums Catch the Eye of Martha Stewart

Lead Head Glass, a Detroit-based terrarium builder, has caught the eye of Martha Stewart as a top American Made craft outfit.  Chad Ackley and Derek Smiertka re-purpose window glass from deconstructed homes into terrariums.  According to the Lead Head Glass FAQ page, window glass (the kind coming out of homes or businesses) has a different composition than bottle glass, which prevents the two types of glass from being recycled together.  Recycling bottles is easy, recycling window glass: not so much.

Honeycomb House Terrarium
by Lead Head Glass
Lead Head Glass designs a mean terrarium, enough to outshine the eco-friendly sourcing of materials.  In addition to the stacked box design typical to many paned terrariums,  Lead Head Glass terrariums include barrel shaped roofs (Honeycomb House, pictured) and spire-topped gazebos. These stylish pieces were enough to catch the attention of the Martha Stewart Company, as Lead Head Glass is a finalist in this year's Martha Stewart American Made contest, an annual quest to find the best local artisans and entrepreneurs making handmade goods across the country.  Winners will be announced on October 17th so snap up a Lead Head Glass terrarium before they blow up!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Update: Marimo Moss Balls Make a Great Office Terrarium

My marino terrarium on my desk at work.
Several months ago I had the opportunity to do an unboxing of a marimo moss ball terrarium from EclecticZenMarimo.  Thanks to the excellent instructions that accompanied the marimo terrarium kit from EclecticZenMarimo, I knew just how to care for the terrarium from the start.

I am happy to say my marimo terrarium has happily thrived on my desk at work for these past few months.  The marimo terrarium is easy to care for - I just switch out the water with filtered tap water every week or so.  After a few months, one of the marimo moss balls got a little scuzzy - but I just followed the care instructions and and gently rinsed it off in running water.

The inside of the glass container has accumulated some calcium deposits on the glass, giving it a frosted appearance.  I have not tried scrubbing it out but I am sure it would clean up alright.

My coworkers love my marimo moss ball terrarium - it is a constant conversation piece.  I recommend considering a marimo moss ball terrarium if you are looking for an easy terrarium for your office or home.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kickstart a Human-Sized Kokedama Forest

My fascination with kokedama has not extended into craft execution (yet) but my interest is renewed but this amazing kickstarter fund for a large scale kokedama installation. Kokedama master Coraleigh Parker for Pickled Whimsy aims to install this hanging bonsai forest at the Tauranga Garden and Art Festival 2014 in New Zealand. Judging by the photos of Pickled Whimsy's citrus tree and orchid kokedama, this project has a fighting chance!

Orchid Kokedama by Pickled Whimsy

Monday, April 7, 2014

Terrariums by Vernon Caldera

"Oz" terrarium by Vernon Caldera

Nothing says spring like a lush succulent terrarium.  Looking for succulent terrarium inspiration or perhaps looking to purchase?  The Houston Chronicle recently had a small write up on Vernon Caldera's terrariums.

While I tend to build sparse terrariums to allow for plant growth, a densely packed terrarium like "Oz" (pictured above) is ready for the immediate spotlight on a dining table or entryway.  If you are looking for a quick display craft rather than a long-term terrarium planting - select small cacti and succulents with blooms ready to open.