Biotope in a glass: DIY instructions and trendy design tips
Did you know that you can care for real plants at home without over-fertilizing and watering them? The biotope in the glass offers the possibility of an easy-care garden at home. You can create this yourself pretty easily. The main difficulties are associated with choosing the right plants and materials for the soil. Furthermore, you have a lot of freedom with the arrangement. There is the possibility for different combinations of plants and sizes of the biotope and for numerous decorative areas of application.
The completion of the biotope in the glass is actually pretty easy
Suitable plants for a biotope in a glass
The right plants for a biotope in a glass or a biotope garden have to be divided into three groups. The first category includes the subtropical plant species, the second – some native species, the third – the succulents. Here are some general criteria they should meet:
- small growing,
- slow growing,
- less susceptible to pests,
- robust, easy to care for.
Small and slow growing plants are suitable for biotops
Tips for the native plant species
Various wild or cultivated small-growing berry bushes can be selected from among the native plants. Another good option is the ivy as well as the moss. Note the differences between the many different types and select those that meet the criteria above.
In principle, you should opt for shade-loving plants, but sometimes you can find a sunny spot for the biotope
Evaluate the conditions for biotopes in your home carefully!
You should make the shortlist of plants for biotops in the glass while considering the conditions in your home. The native plants must be placed in a drier place. Cooler basements or hallways, as well as closed balconies, patios and extensions are suitable. The effort is much less with the succulents and the tropical plants, since they can thrive well in a warmed up room even in winter.
The moss is mandatory for the soil in the biotope
Materials for the biotope in the glass
As I said, the careful selection of plant species is the most difficult task. The completion of a biotope in a glass is technically quite simple. To do this, you absolutely need:
- One or more sterilized jars of the desired size,
- Materials for the soil: earth, sterilized pebbles, expanded clay, moss,
- The plants you have chosen,
- Activated charcoal (approx. 1 teaspoon per active glass),
- Decoration / artificial plants (optional).
Biotops in the glass can become part of the festive decoration
DIY instructions for a biotope in a glass – step by step
Make sure the glass and pebbles are well cleaned and sterilized. First, lay out a layer of expanded clay. Scatter earth on top and mix well with the expanded clay. The base laid out in this way must not be higher than 3-4 cm. The next step is to use the plants. After carefully pressing on, put the moss on top as well. Arrange with pebbles. This gives the landscape a closed appearance and regulates moisture. At all times, make sure that as little dirt as possible gets into the glass. With 1 teaspoon of activated carbon per glass you can avoid the formation of mold and bacteria.
Extra tip: You can also use glasses with high necks for the instructions. In this case, however, you would need tweezers or long chopsticks so that you can insert the plants and pebbles.
Create your own little oasis thanks to the glass biotope
Regulation of humidity in the first few days
By using a sponge, you can regulate the formation of condensation in the first few days. If it does happen, you can open the glass a few times. If the soil looks too dry, you can water carefully. But all of this is usually only necessary at the beginning and then you only have to do it occasionally.
The shape of the glass also contributes to the decorative effect of the biotope
Where can you find the plants for a biotope?
The succulents and tropical plants can be obtained from a plant shop. You can of course also pick these in your own garden, park or forest. Think about nature! You only need cuttings and you don't have to dig up the whole plant with roots. Let some of it grow in the natural environment.
Here we see a biotope garden with a very modern character
Ideas for the different arrangements
With the biotope arrangements, you can let your imagination run wild as soon as you combine plants that develop well in similar conditions. The stones also have a decorative effect and they can also be complemented with additional jewelry. We also like to use artificial plants for original, personalized design ideas.
What do you think of a biotope Christmas ball? That is doable!
The biotops in the glass as interior decoration
With the biotopes in the glass you can decorate practically all places in the apartment, as soon as it suits your taste and if the temperature or the lighting conditions there are the right ones for the selected plant species. People like to set up small landscapes that are reminiscent of desert or rainforest. After all, you can use biotops in the glass as Christmas decorations, especially if they are combined with fairy lights or candles next door.
Succulents are particularly suitable for biotopes
Different rooms can be decorated with it
You can also create a “green light”!
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