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Project by Gone_Tropical posted 02-02-2011 07:17 PM 1644 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

truly tiny ;-)
nasty weather outside, so I decided to fill two glass vases with plants. One will go towards the Raffle Table at the garden club, the other one I will keep.

I always wanted to have a terrarium, but shied away because of the high maintenance. But I found a couple of neat looking, long stemmed vases with lids, and I immediately thought of planting something inside.

Since those are very small, it may work ok for a moss garden and being so little it should not require much time to keep it neat.

I started with adding pebbles, a layer of charcoal bits, and fresh potting mix. the plants I got from the yard, different sedum varieties, Irish Moss, a fern pup and a small division of a mini begonia. Both the fern and the begonia will out grow their spaces, but I will just transplant them back into the yard and replace them with smaller plants. A small wooden stick (skewer) was helpful with planting into the small space.

Those are all shade loving plants since I plan on keeping the mini terrarium at a bright window but out of direct sunlight. Don’t want to bake the plants since the sun would turn the terrarium into an oven.

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ



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Gone_Tropical

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hardiness zone 9b

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-02-2011 07:24 PM

these are so sweet.
And what special care will they take?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-02-2011 07:31 PM

I hope they won’t want more than watering and pruning ;-)
if it does not work out, I toss them on the compost pile… and add candles laughs

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 02-02-2011 08:11 PM

A very sweet little terrarium. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-02-2011 08:25 PM

gotta love back-up plans.

:)

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Iris43

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posted 02-02-2011 09:28 PM

I remember doing terrarium in a large pickle jar. Once it was planted and the lid put back on, it required little additional care. The moisture stays inside because of the lid and it stay sweet bc of the charcoal. The biggest consideration is the type of plants you chose for it.

What a lovely way to feed your addiction during this cold winter. The terrariums you created are wonderful, Gone_Tropical. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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Xeolyte

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posted 02-02-2011 09:48 PM

I love mini terrariums .. so do my kitty cats (knock them over or rearrange them that is). I would not have considered using charcoal bits in the substrate but that is an excellent idea!

-- Never do what you can't undo, until you have considered what you can't do once you have done it. Robin Hobb Assassins Apprentice

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jroot

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posted 02-02-2011 11:55 PM

Neat. Thanks for sharing.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-03-2011 05:19 AM

glad you like it :-)
I will keep you updated on how those tiny terrariums are doing. My let my ‘guys’ decide which one they liked best, that will go to the Raffle Table (it is the one with the fern pup). of course my son was upset saying he liked it best so we should keep it and if he would have known, he’d picked the begonia one …. silly guy ;-)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Vallyncia

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posted 02-03-2011 07:50 PM

Fantastic idea! I want one now :)

-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-03-2011 07:54 PM

my son was upset when I told him the one goes to the garden club ;-)
now of course, I am stressing over this, what if the Raffle prize winner does not want it and it gets rejected? .... I am going to die of a heart attack one of those days, stressing over stuff like this

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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Bon

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posted 02-04-2011 05:49 PM

What a cute idea.Looks good.Even if the winner doesn’t want it I’m sure they will know someone who would appreciate it.Stop stressing (lol)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-08-2011 04:08 PM

update: the mini terrarium was the hit of the raffle table last night at our garden club meeting,
people were buying lots of extra tickets in hopes to take it home. Made me feel really happy

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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MsDebbieP

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posted 02-08-2011 04:46 PM

aaaaaaaw that’s wonderful!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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dini

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posted 02-08-2011 10:54 PM

And you were afraid it would go unloved!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Gone_Tropical

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posted 02-10-2011 02:51 PM

I have plans to make a different one, with a base made of hypertufa….

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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