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begoniadude
Irving, TX

September 9, 2010
4:13 PM

Post #8089659

Why is this forum so silent? I would like to talk to others that are enjoying this hobby.

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Sallysblooms
South, TX

September 20, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #8110797

Me too! Cute little jar and plant!!!
begoniadude
Irving, TX

September 21, 2010
1:19 PM

Post #8112286

Yes it is a Macodes Petola. It really loves it's home. I am going to have to find something bigger. : ) What do you grow in terrariums?
Sallysblooms
South, TX

September 24, 2010
5:21 PM

Post #8119298

Little ferns, epescia and tiny succulents.

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begoniadude
Irving, TX

September 27, 2010
7:25 AM

Post #8123595

What a cool terrarium. Where did you get it. I have been looking for a wardian case like that.
Sallysblooms
South, TX

September 27, 2010
10:07 AM

Post #8123847

I wish I could remember! I'm sorry! I guess you can Google for them and see if you can find them.
mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 30, 2010
8:17 AM

Post #8184902

Hi Sallysblooms that is a great little garden you have. I lvoe the non-plant things you put in there for interest. Especially the pensive little girl.
wiggiej
Ann Arbor, MI

February 2, 2011
5:32 PM

Post #8345820

I've been growing jewel orchids in a terrarium too. Your macodes petola looks great! As I understand it, thats not the easiest one ever to keep happy. Mine is quite small, and Ive been hovering over it & learning all I can. So far it seems happy and is showing some signs of growth. I think I will breathe a bit easier when it is larger.

I don't know if you are still looking for the wardian case you mentioned, but if you are, Terrain might well have it. They have a nice selection of interesting attractive terrariums. Hubby suprised me with one at the holiday and I've been working on putting it together with episcias and miniature violets. It's a work in progress!

Jan

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wiggiej
Ann Arbor, MI

February 2, 2011
5:34 PM

Post #8345826

A closer view of the same; We have many tree frogs on our property, so I thought I'd stick with a "frog theme". Silly, but fun.

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mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 2, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8345989

I noticed that one of you have the top closed and one has the top open. How do you know which is best? Does it depend on the plants or enviorment or what? Both of your terrariums are beautiful but I do not know much about them. When I read this I think I remembered that I have a suitable jar but it open topped so I do not know if I can use it or not.
wiggiej
Ann Arbor, MI

February 2, 2011
9:26 PM

Post #8346151

I'm certainly not an expert on terrariums. But I think it depends on the plants you have quite a bit. Also, how much moisture is in the terrarium. My episcias and violets like humidty, but have fairly thin leaves that rot easily. I keep them covered (with a clear plastic plate), but only as long as the glass isnt fogging. On the other hand, I have a couple micro-miniature sinningia that are kept completely enclosed in a jar with a lid. For these, I added only a few drops of water initially and haven't watered much (if at all) in months. Some of my orchids with succulent leaves are in glass containers that are never covered. I mist them almost daily.

The whole trick is to balance out the humidity -- enough to make the plants happy without rotting them. I think basically you have to experiment to figure out the right balance for the container and the plants. At the beginning, I watch carefully for wilt or rot and adjust accordingly -- adding more water or covering for wilt and opening the lid if things seem too wet or I see any signs of rot. After a while you get a feel for this.

I hope this helps!

Jan

PS: I use open topped jars like you mention all the time -- with plastic wrap or even a ziplock bag for a lid. Not glamorous, but it does work!

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mableruth
Bolingbrook, IL
(Zone 5a)

February 3, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8346564

Thank you
begoniadude
Irving, TX

February 3, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8346915

My Macodes Petala has now tripled in size. I keep it covered all the time, but almost never add water.
wandygirl
Brookfield, CT

February 25, 2011
12:58 PM

Post #8392443

I have a post in the Gesneriads forum with a picture of Episcia 'Suomi' in a terrarium. I think that's why there aren't as many posts here as one might expect. I grow almost all of my gessies in terrariums (along with other plants), but I post in that forum or the begonias forum.

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