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Everything you need to know about Terrariums!

Wait before we start, what are terrariums? They are gardens held in containers that are kept indoors. The terrarium's plants and soil emit water vapour, effectively recycling water. The vapour is then gathered on the vessel's walls and trickles down to the earth. Terrariums are self-sustaining, which is why they require little upkeep if kept sealed. That’s so cool! The oldest living terrarium is believed to be the one cultivated by David Latimer, a man in England who planted a single tradescantia cutting inside in a glass jar in the year 1960. So you’re telling me this thing has been closed for 62 YEARS?! Yeah, about there! The last time he opened the terrarium was in 1972, to give the system a bit of water, before sealing it again, never to be reopened. So yeah, that one tradescantia stalk has been growing within this huge bottle for 50 years with no extra air, water, or fertilizer. That’s unbelievable! Well, then this next section is going to blow your mind! Did you know that YOU can make your own terrarium? What? How?! It’s not too hard you need only the materials listed below and follow the steps outlined below. But remember to clean up after and to have an adult with you to help if you’re under the age of 16 years old. Material list 1. A glass jar or bottle 2. Small pebbles 3. Gravel 4. Aquarium gravel or sand 5. Garden soil 6. A few small plants and/or some moss 7. Some small animals (eg worms, snails, centipedes, etc) 8. Water spritzer 9. Tweezer (optional, to push in plant roots) Instructions: 1. Clean all the inorganic materials, except the soil, with hot water. 2. Place pebbles at the bottom of the container and cover them with gravel. Fill the remaining space at the bottom with aquarium gravel/sand. 3. Add a good amount of soil to cover a little less than half of the jar. Water the soil enough to make it moist (don’t add too much!). 4. Add the plants and push their roots into the soil gently. Cover the rest of the soil surface with moss. Spray lightly with a spritzer. 5. Close the container and there you go. Congratulations, you’ve made a terrarium!

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