You can grow or flower an orchid in a closed terrarium with minimal fuss and effort. If your orchid has not yet been established or transplanted outdoors, you can grow it indoors and keep it well cared for all year. A closed terrarium is the best way to provide a controlled environment for a plant to flourish. In order to grow plants successfully, it is important to know when to pull the plants off the terrarium and provide them with proper lighting and water. The amount of light given to the orchid will determine how fast it grows and blooms.
Glass jars work great as terrarium plants because they naturally provide good lighting conditions for the plants. Many people prefer using glass jars because they look more natural and are available in a variety of colors. The primary concern with glass jars is that they cannot be used for larger species like African Violets because the glass can break when the plant grows too large. However, glass jars are commonly used for smaller tropical plants and orchids because they can be placed inside or outside without the risk of breakage.
Ferns are another favorite for people who are just starting out with terrarium plants. Ferns require little maintenance and typically bloom for the first season. The plant may flower a second time then, but usually only a few tiny leaves remain from each bloom. An orchid growing in a terrarium with a fern will not only provide an indoor plant to enjoy during the day, but it will provide the fern with much needed shade during the evening and cooler temperatures at night.
Almost all container plants prefer some kind of substrate to help them retain water and nutrients. It is up to the grower to choose the right kind of media. Some prefer rocks and gravel; others prefer bark or coconut fiber. Most orchids prefer mossy stones that come in a variety of textures and colors. It is best to keep your container orchid soil moist, but do not allow it to dry out completely. If the soil dries out, water is not absorbed properly and there are a number of fungus and mosquito eggs that may hatch in your container plants.
If you have an established plant that needs no water or does not need to stay moist, then using a sealed terrarium is recommended. A sealed terrarium is simply a way to create a moist environment for your plant to thrive in. There are many types of sealed terrariums available. One of the most popular is a glass jar with a mesh top. You simply add water to the jar, and your plant will stay moist and will not require any special care from you.
Most people like to use terrariums with large rocks as a place to grow well. Large rocks can provide a great amount of drainage as well as shade to your plants. Glass jars and rocks are usually very beautiful. Plastic plants work well too. However, the best plants to use in a terrarium are those that come in kits, so that you can customize them exactly how you like them.
Once you have planted your orchids in your terrarium, make sure that you keep them well watered. When watering your plants, do not use water that is too hot or too cold. Also, do not use water that has too much soil in it. These things are very hard on your plants and may cause damage to your plants.
When choosing the type of tropical plants that you will grow, consider what they will be able to tolerate. Many orchids do very well in full sunlight, but some do better in low light or shady areas. Some will even do better in pots. Once you have planted your orchids, be sure to give them time to grow and bloom. Many orchids do very well in full sunlight, but some do better in low light or shady areas.