How to build an orchid terrarium?
A special and attractive method to exhibit and care for your orchids is in an orchid terrarium. What you’ll need to create an orchid terrarium is:
- A bell jar or a transparent glass container with a cover. Your choice of quantity and size of orchids for the terrarium will determine the size of the container.
- A layer of drainage material at the bottom of the container, like small rocks or gravel. This will aid in avoiding the buildup of extra moisture near the orchids’ roots.
- Sphagnum moss or another form of moist, organic material, such coconut coir, should be spread on top. This will assist maintain high humidity levels and give the orchids a growing medium.
- Orchids that can be buried in moss or coir directly. Choose orchids that can thrive in terrariums carefully because some species may need more light or airflow than a terrarium can offer.
- Decorative components to give the terrarium visual interest, such as rocks, shells, or tiny figurines.
- A watering system to keep the moss or coir moist, like a spray bottle or a tiny watering can. Don’t overwater the orchids because doing so can cause root rot.
When you have everything you need, put your orchid terrarium together by following these instructions:
The drainage layer should be placed at the container’s base.
On top of the drainage layer, add the moss or coir, making sure to allow enough space between the orchids for them to expand and flourish.
Aim to avoid damaging the roots of the orchids when planting them in the moss or coir.
Include any decorative components you choose in the terrarium.
To establish a closed habitat, put the lid or bell jar on top of the container.
To keep the moss or coir damp, water the orchids frequently, but take care not to overwater.
How to water orchids in terrariums?
Watering an orchid in a terrarium varies slightly from watering an orchid in a container. It’s critical to pay attention to the temperature and moisture levels within the terrarium since it forms a closed habitat. Here are some instructions for watering your terrarium-grown orchids:
#1 – Use a mechanism for watering the orchids that will let you do it without exposing the terrarium. For this, a spray bottle or a tiny watering can with a long spout can be quite helpful.
#2 – When necessary, water the orchids, being careful not to overwater. Root rot, which can be fatal for orchids, can result from overwatering.
#3 – Regularly check the moss or coir’s moisture content. It’s time to water the orchids if the moss or coir feels dry when you touch it. Allow a couple extra days before watering the plant again if the moss or coir seems damp.
#4 – Avoid wetting the orchids’ leaves because doing so could promote fungus growth.
#5 – Keep an eye on the terrarium’s humidity levels. If the air within the terrarium feels dry, you may want to enhance the humidity by adding a humidity tray or sprinkling the interior of the terrarium with a spray bottle. Orchids enjoy high humidity levels.
You can guarantee that your orchids are adequately hydrated and taken care of in their terrarium by adhering to these instructions.