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« on: November 06, 2011 09:32:45 AM »

Wanted to share this in case anyone fancies making one as a christmas gift - my advice is to start it now so it can get established over the next 6 weeks, and so you have time to make any necessary adjustments (ie pulling out things that drop dead!)

This is my "first draft"....it's v v small because it's a present for my gran who doesn't have much space. There will also be something in the back left, I had to cut it down becuase it was too big, hopefully it will regrow from that stump you can see.

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2011 11:08:25 AM »

Aww! I'm sure she will love it! What a great gift. It looks like its off to a good start!

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2011 02:58:51 PM »

any luck on the sustainability on the terrarium? I always kill mine. Perhaps over watering. any updates?

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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2011 12:46:29 PM »

What plants did you use?

I am a professional gardener at a botanic garden and I sourced the plants for my terrarium *very* carefully to ensure they'd enjoy the conditions. The ones I've picked like warmth, humidity, moist soil and relative shade.

Having said that I've only had it a couple of days and it's a new medium for me so I'm not guaranteeing it'll live! Just that plant selection is key. I often see "houseplants" see sold in shops that are in no way suitable for growing domesticly so people are doomed form the start!

PS if you think you have a tendency to overwater, try making a terrarium of insectivorous plants eg venus flytrap, sundew, sarracenia, which love waterlogged conditions. They do appreciate lots of bright light though. And flies.
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« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2011 05:55:43 AM »

Very nice idea for a gift!
I have a fish tank - sans fish, poor little things - that might be fun to do this with.
Thanks for the "doomed from the start" comment; I kill houseplants with a consistency that is almost frightening and it will be nice to have someone else to blame!
Fish, too, hence the empty tank, heh.
Could you recommend a few plants that might be hardy enough for me?

I hope your Grandmother enjoys it; it's really quite lovely. 
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