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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 16, 2006
8:25 PM

Post #2398151

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

http://www.gizmos-gadgets.com/globe_terrariums.html

and they also happen to have a terrarium links page.
http://www.gizmos-gadgets.com/globe_terrariums_links.html

http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06520.htm

edited to add another link

This message was edited Feb 4, 2007 4:54 PM

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MsCritterkeeper
The Heart of Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2006
6:24 AM

Post #2399840

WONDERFUL!!
Thanks for the links.I may have to add a few more to my collection.



MsC
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 18, 2006
7:31 AM

Post #2403172

It sure is good to see you around again MsC. And thanks for the links begonia. I found exactly what I needed to know to make my terrarium now. I will make mine when I get back from MI.

Jesse
aprilwillis
Missouri City, TX
(Zone 9a)

June 18, 2006
5:39 PM

Post #2404583

Lali great links thank you .
girlgroupgirl

July 19, 2006
4:54 PM

Post #2523503

THANK YOU! I'd like to try some terrariums and have some vintage plant stands for them..but no domes! This is a great help. Thank-you!

GGG
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2006
8:34 PM

Post #2665418

I put together a few new terrariums today and found another nifty link. This one has a 'how to' video

http://stream.michaelholigan.com:8080/house/ram/5000/5739.ram

Here's the main page link http://www.yournewhouse.com/departments/TVShow/seg_tscript.asp?ts%5Fid=5739&text%5Ftype=T&text%5Fpage=1&mscssid=68FFNJEW0KRC8PT44NCF8TL345H4FMV2

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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 27, 2006
9:18 PM

Post #2665573

Looks like that video link isn't working. But if you scroll down you'll see the video link.

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MsCritterkeeper
The Heart of Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 28, 2006
4:23 AM

Post #2666931

Very Nice!

I have one with a very similar combination of plant materials!
I love the B. Prismatocarpus... I've stuck lil pieces in many places so I'm assured to always have it..lol


Looks great!

MsC
moretz
hickory, NC
(Zone 7a)

October 5, 2006
12:30 PM

Post #2787624

you all know the cheese platers with a glass top and wooden bottom? well that is what i was planning on useing for a terrarium,do you think it will work?
thxs
moretz
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 5, 2006
3:52 PM

Post #2788221

Sounds like a great idea. So long as your plant inside isn't too tall. Let us know how it works for you!!
moretz
hickory, NC
(Zone 7a)

October 5, 2006
3:58 PM

Post #2788241

yes i thought of the same thing,they cant be to big to use it lol but would love to try it any ideas on what i could use?
JRush
Guilford, CT
(Zone 6b)

January 13, 2007
1:22 AM

Post #3078466

Here is one of those 1970's style terrariums on the pedestal - You don't come across there too often!

http://cgi.ebay.com/1970s-ROUND-CLEAR-STANDING-PLANT-TERRARIUM-IN-ORIG-BOX_W0QQitemZ250072643016QQihZ015QQcategoryZ20515QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I also found a cool terrarium plant called the Ant Plant (Dischidia pectinoides) It looks like a very interesting plant...

Julie
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 13, 2007
4:27 AM

Post #3078912

Very cool Julie! I've seen one come up on ebay before too. TFS!
JRush
Guilford, CT
(Zone 6b)

January 15, 2007
1:31 AM

Post #3084793

They are so cool - very retro, aren't they?
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2007
12:33 AM

Post #3218858

Begonia,

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.

Jesse
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 24, 2007
3:20 AM

Post #3219328

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 =)

Another nifty begonia that Black jungle sells is Begonia quadrialata ssp. nimbaensis. Nice leaf coloring. and fairly easy.



This message was edited Feb 23, 2007 8:27 PM
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2007
4:48 AM

Post #3219473

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.

Thanks,
Jesse
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2007
4:52 AM

Post #3219475

I have one other idea/question. I would like to make the back wall a "living" wall with the plants growing on it. What would I used to do that? Could I use coir for that or is there something better?

Jesse
hcmcdole
Powder Springs, GA
(Zone 7b)

February 24, 2007
11:38 AM

Post #3219675

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.

http://www.robsviolet.com/

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).


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begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 24, 2007
2:34 PM

Post #3220054

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.
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 24, 2007
7:17 PM

Post #3220770

I just saw some pilea growing in a hanging basket at Walmart the other day. Maybe I should go get a basket and then take some out of it and put it in my terrarium. Thanks for the great idea.

Jesse
Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2007
1:26 PM

Post #3222938

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).


This message was edited Feb 25, 2007 11:19 AM
bwilliams
Louisville, KY

February 25, 2007
1:56 PM

Post #3223020

Here is my favorite place to look for terrarium stuff. The place is amazing

http://cloudjungle.com/eshop/
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 25, 2007
2:58 PM

Post #3223163

Hey Brian, thanks for the link. I knew there was another source, and googled yesterday trying to find it.

Thanks Key! Guess now you know at least one plant that 's in your box =)
Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2007
3:18 PM

Post #3223231

oh, silly! I hadn't noticed (because of my slipshod reading skills), but now I know!
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 25, 2007
3:20 PM

Post #3223240

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?

Jesse
Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2007
3:23 PM

Post #3223253

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.

Andy's Orchids http://andysorchids.com
Oak Hill Gardens http://www.oakhillgardens.com
Tropical Orchid Farm http://www.tropicalorchidfarm.com
J & L Orchids http://jlorchids.com
Mountain Orchids http://www.mountainorchids.com
Clackamas http://www.clackamas-orchids.com/default.htm

Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2007
3:25 PM

Post #3223258

never heard of anyone try the cork board - you could try it to see what happens. I wonder if the humidity would make it crumble? Does it have chemicals in it to join the cork?
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 25, 2007
3:36 PM

Post #3223298

Key, that can of foam (I think it's just called Stuff) sounds pretty nifty. Does one just press the sphag or other 'things' on to it?
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 25, 2007
3:44 PM

Post #3223314

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?

Jesse
Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

February 25, 2007
3:44 PM

Post #3223315

no sphag, just straight plants ONTO it - AFTER it dries, I think. I also think I heard of someone who mixed peat into it.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/terrarium/msg1106224031646.html
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/terrarium/msg010323113138.html

This message was edited Feb 25, 2007 11:45 AM
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 25, 2007
3:52 PM

Post #3223338

Jesse, within that link Key posted is this one http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-08/nftt/index.php shows how to use the Great Stuff foam.
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 3, 2007
7:26 AM

Post #3243504

When I was in Walmart tonight, they had these sheets of Coir that were 30" long. Would that work well for the back living wall?

Jesse
Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

March 4, 2007
2:21 PM

Post #3246856

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...?
Plantcrazii
Dallas, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 5, 2007
4:22 PM

Post #3250246

Thanks for you adveice Keyring. I have never worked with coir before so I did not know that. So what is the best thing to use in a terrarium for a living wall. Would styrofoam work?

Jesse
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 5, 2007
7:56 PM

Post #3251002

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. =)

This message was edited Mar 5, 2007 1:02 PM
MsCritterkeeper
The Heart of Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2007
5:14 AM

Post #3252819

I wonder what a hypertufa type wall would look like, then you could make you pockets for the plants????
Maybe a mix of it & spaghnum moss?? I'd think plants would love it???


MsC
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 6, 2007
1:59 PM

Post #3253428

Doing a happy Dance! MsC where the heck have you been? ! Good to see you!!!!!!!!

Hypertufa is another good idea Jesse and there's a whole forum for it!
Keyring
DC metro, VA
(Zone 7b)

March 6, 2007
3:51 PM

Post #3253781

Hi MsC !!!!
MsCritterkeeper
The Heart of Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2007
5:55 PM

Post #3254116

HIya guys!!!
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!


MsC

rose318

rose318
(Patti) in Houston, TX
(Zone 9a)

March 6, 2007
6:10 PM

Post #3254161

Welcome back Lottie.
America 1972 .
I've been through the desert on a horse with no name
It felt good to be out of the rain
In the desert you can remember your name
Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la

I was just born in 72. LOL I wish.
Patti



MsCritterkeeper
The Heart of Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 6, 2007
6:21 PM

Post #3254196

Thank you Patti!
I sure miss our visits!
can't belive anybidy remembers that old song...lol

hugs,
MsC/Lottie
begoniacrazii
Northern California, CA
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2007
2:52 PM

Post #3640978

Gail, bumping because this has a lot of contributed links

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