Making A Caribbean Terrarium
I have always had a love for plants, gardening and landscaping.
I remember the moment my Mother came home with a huge terrarium to decorate our family room when we lived in Fort Dodge, Iowa many years ago. I used to sit on the floor admiring that terrarium and then I got an idea which landed me in "hot water."
I figured that terrarium was like a rainforest. I believed it should also have wildlife, so I caught a small tree frog, a pair of crickets, a couple of grasshoppers, and a small black snake. Into the terrarium they went.
My step dad had drank a few beers and was looking at the terrarium. I was still at the table trying to "down" the brussel sprouts that I detested. I would always have to sit until all my plate was finished which meant hours upon hours when we had those ugly things they called vegetables.
Lyle (my step dad) called my Mom over and she let out with a scream unlike I had ever heard.
I didn't have to finish my plate that night, but I think I would have rather set at the dinner table than the belt I received over my bare buttocks.
From what I gathered, the snake was feeding on a cricket the minute Mom looked.
I still love terrariums.
Plants of Puerto Rico
Many of you know that I reside in beautiful Puerto Rico now with a person I love dearly....Lastheart.
Puerto Rico is like a huge terrarium. I enjoy the many species of plants we have here.Even the weeds are beautiful.
Well today I ran across a few old jars and had this wild idea. I would give a shot at making a terrarium similar to the one Mom brought home. The difference here is....no frogs, crickets, grasshoppers or snakes. Just beautiful Caribbean plants.
I decided to Google search the how to make a terrarium and came across these 3 websites:
- Make A Terrarium
All about terrariums and how to make your own!
- The beginners guide to making a beautiful terrarium in one hour
- Intro on How to Make a Terrarium
Easy instructions for how to make a terrarium
I gathered those jars and proceeded to scrub them clean.
I did not use any chemicals, because chemicals could damage the plants.
I used water and "elbow grease."
Following the directions of the websites I had researched, I found that the bottom of the terrariums needed gravel.
I went to the driveway and scooped up hands full of the small rocks and put them in the bottoms of the jars.
After they were all in, I decided to run water in the jars and clean the rocks. I swished them around and emptied the water.
Well, we all know that a terrarium needs dirt.
How else will the plants grow if they don't have dirt?
A few days ago, I had made an area to grow parcha (passion fruit). There was still a lot of good soil around, so I strolled down the hill with my terrarium jars in hand. Playing in the dirt, I managed to get soil into all 3 jars through their small holes.
Out of all these beautiful Caribbean plants
Which ones should I use?
I took clippings from them all.
Working with a long tool, I poked the plants down through the openings into the dirt.
I added more dirt to help bury the stems. We have found that many of the plants here in Puerto Rico will grow if you clip them and plant them.
Well, now we will see. I plan on adding some more potting soil on top of them in a few days.
Will my terrariums survive? I hope so.
Now, I just may have to catch a coqui and put in them before Lastheart gets home.
© 2014 Greg Boudonck
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