I was trying to hunt down another globe terrarium (I have been using a fruit ripening ball) and stumbled upon this company selling larger 14" globe terrariums.
Here's the fruit ripening ball link for anyone interested in starting a small terrarium (keeps perfect humidity for me, but does have holes in the bottom, but I keep potted plantlets in side) http://www.kitchen-classics.com/fruit_ripener.htm (this is who I ordered my first one from, and it's 10 inches across)
and here's the link for the globe terrariums that I found
Where do you get the kind of plants that you have in the last post that you made, #2665573? I just love all of those and would love to make a terrarium with some plants like that. Can you tell me the names of the ones in that post? You have really made some great looking terrariums.
Thanks Jesse, lets see. the one in the middle is Begonia rajah - which I got on eBay but have since found a supplier - it is a temperamental begonia, so it is challenging. An easier one is B. serratipetala, it grows very easily. You can likely find it here http://www.blackjungle.com along with loads of other vivarium/terrarium plants (be careful their site has lots of FUN stuff!). I've purchased from them and they are a good supplier. Also, here's a link with care info on Begonia rajah http://begonias.org/sacramento/rajah.pdf it's a PDF file written by a friend of mine.
At the 6 o'clock position is Episcia 'Silver Skies' - can't recall for sure where I got this one but it's a 'mini' and stays compact.
At the 10 o'clock position is Begonia 'Buttercup' another eBay purchase. I just sent a cutting to Keyring today! (woops, may have blown the surprise!) It's an easy yellow flowering hybrid.
and at the top right 2 o'clock is ficus quercifolius (sp?) from Rob's violet barn. he also sells some plants that will do well in terrariums. Check the AV sticky link for more or just follow his links once you are at his site.
We must be on the same wavelength as I was working on terrariums today =º)
Another nifty begonia that Black jungle sells is Begonia quadrialata ssp. nimbaensis. Nice leaf coloring. and fairly easy.
Wow, thanks Begonia. I just looked at the Black Jungle web site today and thought they had some neat stuff. My problem is that I do not know what plants are minis or just normal plants. I need the minis for the terrarium. I love what you did with yours which gives me a lot of ideas now that you told me what kind of plants they are. That is a big help.
I didn't see a link for Rob's Violets. This is another place for 'Rajah' and is $6 (oops, I see they are out of stock right now. I guess they have been discovered). Their specialty is African Violets but they have plenty of other terrarium plants.
For a back wall you might try some kind of porous rock (lava or limestone). Drill holes as needed, wrap rootballs in moistened moss and wedge into holes, cracks, and crevices. Another thing would be some kind of driftwood which again could be drilled and filled.
Here is one side of my big tank that has some AV's, one episcia, a few begonias, and many begonia starts (still in pots).
Thanks for adding the link to Rob's Butch. I didn't since Jesse knows the AV stickies but others may not be familiar.
Jesse, I think using the items Butch suggest are both good ideas, or you could have you handy husband build a 'wall' out of some kind of plywood wrapped in chicken wire with sphagnum under it. And actually Black Jungle has a tutorial for making a wall - though I'm not sure how big your new terrarium is perhaps you can tailor this to your needs http://www.blackjungle.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=2108
for your wall, I highly recommend their Syngonium rayii, I have it and it really has fantastic foliage - small leaves about and inch and a half long so I would consider it a mini.
They have a pilea that is nice but I think you can find some Pilea at your HD and Walmarts too - you just have to be on the look out.
a couple of other ideas for a living back wall. Not that I have ever gotten my act together enough to do one of these. Plants will grow on and into (roots) expanding foam. Yes, that stuff that comes in spray cans. Someone on gw has plants that have been growing on it for 5+ years.
Flattened cork slabs. Some epiphytes will love this.
Now that we have a synthetic alternative to treefern, it should work quite well. (Tree fern slabs would have molded over into something ugly). It's called epiweb. A relatively new product to the US, and one which I've been meaning to try ever since (but I have a box full of tree fern and I haven't gotten to setting up a tank), firstrays.com http://www.firstrays.com/epiweb.htm is the exclusive US distributor (I think).
I have seen the square pieces of cork board that people make bulletin boards out of. Would something like this work if you pierced it in a few places to give it something to take hold of? And I think you can buy that in a roll also. Or maybe you could glue some little rocks or pieces of wood to it. I wonder if that would work?
I just realized this is a link thread.
Some vendors of orchids that could go in a terrarium - most require air circulation, some require nightly temp drops, some are cool growers etc... In other words, need to do research before picking orchids for a terr.
I was wondering the same thing since I have a can in my greenhouse left over from spraying around pipes to keep the heat in. Or can you make a pile of it and then lift it up and then down again to make little loops and holes in it? I wonder if you could paint it?
hi Jesse, I haven't seen those so I can't say for sure, but coir breaks down quite fast in humidity - less than a year I think. So I think it will depend on how long you want the wall to go before you have to redo it...?
Jesse, here's a link showing construction of a terrarium wall. Looks pretty interesting as they used orchid/epi baskets ( or the kind used for hydroponics) to plant in as well as wood and the 'Great Stuff' foam. Hope this helps http://flickr.com/photos/minicatt/sets/72157594543191344/
also with regards to the coir, not sure if the stuff you are referring to has this, but some coir has a high salt content. So you may want to research it some more. The person who made that terrarium used coco-fiber so perhaps it there is a type out there that is good, I dont know to be honest if it's a good thing or not. But sphag would likely suffice too. =º)
I've been "lost out in desert on a horse with no name" lol...anybody remember that old song?? Anyway I'm just trying to get back in the swing of things...
glad to see the post in this forum!
Welcome back Lottie.
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