I chose to do all succulents, haworthia, and cacti for this customer, not just because he claims to kill everything, but because those plant selections play up the semi-nautical/oceanic feel of the terrariums themselves. I'm going through a bit of a variegated sansevaria addiction right now, and I absolutely love how it looks like bull kelp in the drops, really anchoring (sorry) an "under-the-sea" feel. The cactus in the one drop is pretty amazing too: it looks like a gnarly cancerous tumor on its own , but here it looks like a chunk of reef or a weird anemone. I also wanted to keep a very organic feel to these terrariums. Rather than finish them off with sand and stone, I used mosses, polished rock, and lichen covered sticks--it just gives it a bit more of a unique and unexpected appeal.
Terrariums like these require a lot of sun or bright light, but they require minimal watering--if you neglect it, all will be well. This customer chose to hang them in his windows, and I cannot think of a better home for them! If succulents don't get enough light, they either stretch for it or they die. If you find yourself with a stretching succulent, you can either turn it towards more light, take cutting from it and try again, or remove the leggy beast and move on with your life.
The JurassicI LOVE this bubble bowl. It was almost too much fun to work with; I had a hard time parting with it! I ordered this particular bowl directly through the lovely gentlemen at Coal Harbour Floral & Green Design after seeing it in their shop. When the order came in for a large terrarium for a large round desk at a law firm downtown, this was the only terrarium that I could think of that could be so spectacular.
I kept to tropicals and tillandsias for this terrarium because it is pretty enclosed, and will therefore should maintain a higher humidity and require less watering. This style of terrarium simply requires bright indirect light, and someone to check on it once and a while to ensure that the soil is moist. I would think it would be okay with a bit of water once every other week at most, but a nice spritz once or twice a week. The important thing is to not let the soil and moss become soggy or there will be mold. If you find mold, pull it and any infected plants out right away and let it dry out a bit. It is less heartbreaking to replace one plant than to have to replant an entire jungle!
In case you're wondering, in this terrarium I used: diefenbachia, dracena, creeping fig, pothos, tillandsias, begonias, ferns, and a tropical type of stetcretia.
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