Bottle Gardening or Terrarium – Design and Maintenance

Women are proud of home decoration and gardening and want some unique and precious goods that are not part of the neighbouring houses. Gardening offers openness as there is no end to creativity, especially in the areas of flower arrangement, bonsai, mini-rock garden etc. But a safe and unique possession is a garden of bottles. Many of us have seen a ship inside a bottle. This creative craft gave birth to the concept of bottled gardening.

Bottled gardening can be compared to an aquarium in which fish survive with regular water and feed inputs. As an essay, a bottled vegetable garden has the essential requirements of soil and water for the survival of the plants that are housed in it, but with occasional care and maintenance. In addition to these essential requirements, the bottle garden has a water tank that easily keeps moisture available for the plant and also allows for a humid environment in the bottle.

Bottle Gardening or Terrarium
Bottle Gardening or Terrarium

Bottled gardens can get a very high price if designed effectively. The selection of plants to plant for the bottle garden is very important and in some cases people fail to appreciate this fact and try to incorporate any plant they can get their hands on! An ideal bottle plant has slow growth and a dwarf habit. Since combinations of plants are housed in a bottle garden, all selected plants must be slow-growing and dwarf, so that they can avoid suffocation.

Extreme temperatures should be avoided and therefore the bottle garden should be placed in a place where there is adequate availability of sunlight. Soil or compost, used in bottle gardens, is also sufficient for the survival of plants and should not induce vigorous growth.

Bottled gardening can be resumed in many different shapes and sizes and you can also opt for custom-made glass containers of the chosen size and shape. But containers in the shape of a normal bottle with a narrow neck are the most effective for bottle gardens as they help to properly maintain moisture and also for the appearance when the garden is set up.

The first step is to thoroughly clean the container using water and detergent. Rich compost is avoided, as plants are chosen for slow growth and dwarf habit. The compost, which is sufficiently moistened but not wet, is put into the bottle by means of a paper funnel, preventing the compost from leaking out on the sides of the bottle adhering to the wet surface. It will be useful if a layer of chopped coal or small gravel is put before being run in the compost. This layer of coal or gravel acts as a water tank and fills the compost or soil with water when and when needed. A small amount of water can be added with the help of a straw with a funnel or that flows carefully along the water along the inside surface of the bottle.

Coming to plant bottles in the gardens, the plants would have previously had to grow in small pots in order to have a compact ball of roots with adhering compost. It is necessary to take a thin rod or a stick to make holes of adequate size on the compost layer and the plants are dropped into these holes, after carefully pressing through the neck of the bottle.

To increase the aesthetic appearance of a bottle garden, natural beauty objects such as colored and suitably modelled stones or pieces of bark can be placed in the bottle garden. Care should be taken to sterilize these things before introduction as they could carry pests and the bottle garden could be destroyed.

After sowing, the neck of the bottle is capped with a cotton swab. During the day when the plant receives sunlight, it is advisable to periodically rotate the position of the bottle to maintain the symmetry of the plants in the bottle, otherwise it could cause asymmetry due to the lengthening or greater growth of the portion of the plant towards the light.

The bottle garden rarely needs watering, but for a healthy bottle, garden maintenance is required in terms of removing dead leaves and accumulated shoots and occasional pruning. Direct sunlight causes strong growth and can even increase the temperature inside the bottle and therefore avoid extreme temperatures.

Few of the plants that can be collected for the bottle garden are Pilea, Selaginella, Peperomia, Maranta etc. You can experiment a lot, strictly respecting the rule that plants grow slowly and have a dwarf habit.

If you have creativity, time and resources, you can develop a beautiful and unique bottle garden, which can be called as yourself. If you don’t have that patience, time, energy, creativity or resources, but want to be proud of yourself, there are many shops around that can offer you a fantastic range!

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