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Mother Nature in a Terrarium Kit

Nov 6, 2007
A way to bring Mother Nature right into your living space can be as simple as pointing and clicking. Well the fact is that you do not need to leave home to bring the lush beauty of nature into your home or office. The purchase of a quality terrarium kit can make building a terrarium easy for the novice plant enthusiast.

If you are in the market for a terrarium kit, shopping online can be a convenient way to find just the right size and type of terrarium for your home. Now if shopping online is not your cup of tea, more and more local nurseries, greenhouses and garden centers are beginning to offer not only terrarium kits but a wider variety of plants.

As with many types of kits, terrarium kits can be purchased virtually complete with the enclosure, drainage material, soil and even the plants. Some kits provide a planting guide to help place the plants in the proper location and the novice terrarium enthusiast may what to follow the guide. If you feel confident about your knowledge of the plants included in the kit then by all means play around with the design and placement. Novice terrarium builders should go with tried and true.

A basic terrarium kit can be the perfect gift for children as young as four of five years old. Small kits that contain basic easy to grow plant are an excellent way to introduce kids to the wonders of plants. Plant terrariums can be valuable educational tools for children, giving them a chance to observe up close how different plants grow and develop.

The shared experience of building and maintaining a terrarium can also give children and adults alike a real appreciation of the tremendous diversity found in nature.

Perhaps just as important, a terrarium can help children feel a sense of ownership and pride that comes with the nurturing of living things. Just as caring for pet, living plants need attention and care and helps to develop a certain amount of discipline and responsibility. A properly established terrarium will thrive with little care.

The types of terrarium kits that are available offer an incredibly wide and diverse selection of plant types. Herb terrariums, otherwise known as herbariums, are a popular choice and are quickly gaining in popularity. Being able to eat what we grow has always attracted many folks and having an herb terrarium in the kitchen can provide a year around source of fresh herbs for cooking.

I personally prefer fresh herbs to the dried variety for cooking. Taste the difference between fresh herbs and the dried stuff and you will not be without a window herb garden.

Succulents and varieties of violets have always been popular terrarium plants. The microenvironment created by a properly designed and maintained enclosure can take much of the muss and fuss out of growing these delicate plants. Kits that feature these types of plants usually come complete with the proper grow media that gives even the novice grower a reasonable chance to success.

The really good news is that many species of plants selected for a terrarium will thrive with a minimum amount of care. The self-contained nature of a terrarium can support many basic plant species without much watering or fertilizer. Some kits will provide any nutrient additives needed for the particular type of plants in the kit. Avoid using any type of fertilizer that is not recommended by the kit supplier. Salts and other toxins present in store bought fertilizers may negate the effort you put into setting up your terrarium kit.
About the Author
Mitch Endick is a short article writer for the popular
terrarium site:
TerrariumSale.com. He provides information on how to build a terrarium, terrarium plants and glass terrariums.
His website,www.TerrariumSale.com
also has information on reptile terrariums, frog terrariums and lizard terrariums.
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