Terrariums are clear, enclosed containers that house plants inside. They are self-contained and provide plants with an environment that has a high level of humidity. Not all plants are accustomed to survive in these environments so it’s important that only plants with natural tendencies such as mosses that thrive in high humidity are kept inside terrariums.
Containers in which the plants are housed are usually made of clear glass, clear acrylic or clear plastic to maximize light exposure and to allow you to easily see the plants.
The benefits for the plants of being inside a self-contained environment is that they are protected from accidental damage and don't need to be watered as often. These traits make them very low maintenance.
Key Traits of Terrariums
- Self contained environments - Protect plants from accidental damage
- Higher humidity levels - Reduce the needed frequency of watering
- Utilizes clear containers - Maximizes light exposure for plants
Types of Terrariums
There are two major types of terrariums, one is a closed terrarium and the other is an open terrarium.
- Closed terrariums require much less care and upkeep as water stays within the terrarium and gets recycled through condensation. This makes it so that closed terrariums don’t need to be watered as frequently as other traditional plants.
- Open terrariums can be completely open or partially open. Those that are partially open have a slightly higher humidity level but still need to be watered more frequently than a closed terrarium as water evaporates more quickly.
Terrariums provide an easy way to bring a bit of nature to an office desk or table in your home. Small containers provide a clean way to recreate a natural environment with multiple small plants. Most offices and homes have a generally low level of humidity which makes plants dry out faster than in their natural habitat but with terrariums, the natural high level of humidity helps plants thrive and reduces the risk of them drying out. Additionally terrariums provide a fun way for you to recreate a mini garden on your desk that requires minimal maintenance and less frequent watering than a typical houseplant.
Key Benefits of Terrariums
- Recreate a nature scene - Containers can hold a variety of small plants
- Easy to care for - Requires less care than traditional plants and less waterin
- Visually engaging - Terrariums add a splash of fun to your desk or table