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Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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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The Heart of Texas, TX(Zone 8b)

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



MsC

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Missouri City, TX(Zone 9a)

Lali great links thank you .

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

Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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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Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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

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The Heart of Texas, TX(Zone 8b)

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

hickory, NC(Zone 7a)

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

Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

Sounds like a great idea. So long as your plant inside isn't too tall. Let us know how it works for you!!

hickory, NC(Zone 7a)

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?

Guilford, CT(Zone 7a)

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

Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

Very cool Julie! I've seen one come up on ebay before too. TFS!

Guilford, CT(Zone 7a)

They are so cool - very retro, aren't they?

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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.



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Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Powder Springs, GA(Zone 7b)

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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Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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.

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

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

Louisville, KY

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

http://cloudjungle.com/eshop/

Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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 =)

DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

oh, silly! I hadn't noticed (because of my slipshod reading skills), but now I know!

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

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

DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

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?

Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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?

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

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

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Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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.

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

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.....?

Dallas, TX(Zone 8a)

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

Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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. =)

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The Heart of Texas, TX(Zone 8b)

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

Northern California, CA(Zone 9a)

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!

DC metro, VA(Zone 7b)

Hi MsC !!!!

The Heart of Texas, TX(Zone 8b)

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

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