23 Creative succulent terrarium inspirations

I was really enticed when I saw a succulent terrarium at one of my friend’s living room, and soon realized that it is an awesome stuff for decorating home. Succulent terrarium is best for those who are really busy with their daily office work, and at the same time would like to do some gardening. Succulents are tough plants, which can live for decades with very less maintenance.

If you want an ready made option, here are the best options sorted by terrarium size:

Small Size
Medium Size
Large Size
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Black Glass Geometric Terrarium
H Potter Glass Terrarium
H Potter Large Glass Terrarium
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Black Glass Geometric Terrarium Container Modern Tabletop Window Sill Decor Flower Pot Balcony Planter Diy Display Box for Succulent Fern Moss Air Plants Miniature Fairy Garden Gift (No Plants)
H Potter Glass Terrarium Succulent Planter Wardian Case Plant Container Six Sided WAR151
Terrarium Large Glass Succulent Planter Wardian Case Container for Plants from H Potter WAR150
Size
8.9 x 8.8 x 7.7
9 x 9 x 12
17 x 11 x 22
Weight
1.08 pounds
5 pounds
31.6 pounds
Small Size
Product
Black Glass Geometric Terrarium
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Black Glass Geometric Terrarium Container Modern Tabletop Window Sill Decor Flower Pot Balcony Planter Diy Display Box for Succulent Fern Moss Air Plants Miniature Fairy Garden Gift (No Plants)
Size
8.9 x 8.8 x 7.7
Weight
1.08 pounds
Medium Size
Product
H Potter Glass Terrarium
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H Potter Glass Terrarium Succulent Planter Wardian Case Plant Container Six Sided WAR151
Size
9 x 9 x 12
Weight
5 pounds
Large Size
Product
H Potter Large Glass Terrarium
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Terrarium Large Glass Succulent Planter Wardian Case Container for Plants from H Potter WAR150
Size
17 x 11 x 22
Weight
31.6 pounds

Succulent terrarium or Cactus terrarium is a mini desert eco-system in a glass container.

Half bowl glass terrarium

This home decor or small garden can easily catch the eye of your visitors. If they love desert life, then they will be really amazed at this small desert eco-system in your living room. An awesome choice for giving creative gift to your loved one.

Now lets jump into action:

Materials Required:

  • Glass container: Choose a glass container which has a big opening, for proper air circulation.
  • Succulents or Cactus plants: Choose plants with good color and texture. If u get some flowering succulents, its the best.
  • Cactus soil mix, sand and gravel.
  • Decorative stuffs.

Succulent Terrarium DIY ( Step by step guide)

Step-1: Choose a glass container, which can be bought from various online garden or home stores like Etsy, West Elm or Terrain. You can find some awesome glass containers from your nearby garden nursery center or aquarium stores. Clean the container using some detergent and dry it properly.
Step-2: Choose succulent plants with attractive color and texture.
Step-3: Fill the glass jar with gravel, make sure it has sufficient holes for water drainage. Then fill it with cactus soil mix. Plant the succulents on this soil.Water it properly
Step-4: Finally add a layer of desert sand and place your decorative stuffs add further beauty.

Best Succulents for terrarium

Now lets see how to choose the right succulents for our terrarium. You will get a good collection of plants from Annie’s Annuals. and some more cactus plants from cacti guide.com 

Some of the plants we recommend are :

  • Voodoo or Sedum spurium – With Amazing texture
  • Sunset Strain – With awesome flowers
  • Chinese Dunce Cap (scientifically known as Orostachys iwarenge) – Multi colour
  • Gymnocalycium alboareolatum – With attractive flowers
  • Rebutia albifloram – with multi colored flowers
  • Cintia knizei – Yellow flowers and thick leaves

I would like to choose plants which is having a good texture, because cactus plants are know for that, and it adds beauty to your terrarium. If you are looking for amazing ideas to hang your terrarium in living room, check out 21 hanging glass terrarium ideas

Here we have 23 creative cactus terrarium photo inspirations:

Apple shaped glass terrarium

Apple glass terrarium hanging planter

Small glass jar terrarium

Wall-mounted glass terrarium for plants

Recycled glass jar terrarium

Small jar glass terrarium with light

Cookie Jar succulent terrarium

Cookie jar succulent terrarium

Terrarium with Mosses

Glass terrarium with air hole

Hanging succulent terrariums

Terrarium glass for succulent moss

Air fern glass terrarium

Glass terrarium for fern moss

Table top cacti terrariums

Geometric glass terrarium flower pot

Geometric brass and glass terrarium for succulents

Round glass terrarium for display

Gold sphere gold terrarium

Cube glass terrarium for air plants

Mini glass terrarium tabletop planter

Air plant glass terrarium display

Half bowl terrarium with succulents

Wall Mount glass jar terrarium

Wall-mounted glass terrarium displays

Succulent terrarium with lamp

Decorative night lamp succulent terrarium

Tips for cactus terrarium care

Succulents are for lazy people, they require very less maintenance and it will live for decades. But less maintenance doesn’t mean that you can ignore it completely. It needs your care and love.

Here I have listed some of the tips for proper caring of your cactus terrariums:

  • Soil: These plants doesn’t like too much water, meaning they get swamped in water if you don’t use right soil for terrarium. Make sure terrarium has drainage holes and wide openings so that excess water evaporates away. These plants have good root system; so quantity of soil is also important.
  • Sunlight: These are sun lovers; place them near windowsill to get enough sunlight or provide artificial light to stimulate its growth.
  • Air circulation: If you choose a small container and opening is too narrow, it will lead to humidity inside the glass chamber which leads to the death of your cacti.
  • Water: These plants can store water for long time. So we need to provide water only once in a month.

19 herb plants to grow in your kitchen

Get a list of herb plants which can be easily grown in your small garden, in your kitchen or in the backyard. These herbs are plants with benefits. They are essential for our daily life to supply essential nutrients.

Some of the herb plants are having extra benefits like, repelling mosquitos, cleaning indoor air etc.

These plants are mainly grown outdoor, so when you start your indoor herb garden you need to take special care for getting proper sunlight, water and nutrients.

1. BASIL

Ocimum Basilicum, Ocimum sanctum

Botanical Name : Ocimum Basilicum, Ocimum sanctum.

Benefits: A herb with highly fragrant leaves as well as health benefits. It is also used as seasoning for a variety of foods. It is a valuable source of Iron and Vitamin A. Basil also acts as an excellent mosquito repellent. Because of its health benefits, it is given a status of a holy herb in many countries. There are mainly four varieties of basil namely Mediterranean or sweet basil, Asian basil, Lemon basil and Thai basil. More tips to grow basil here :- Growing basil indoor

Characteristics: Mediterranean sweet basil has light green leaves and is mild and possesses sweet clove like flavour. Hence it is used extensively in the cuisines all over the world. Asian basil has large stem, purple leaves and pink flowers. It has a strong clove like flavour. Lemon basil has got lemon flavour and hence the name. Thai basil is similar to Asian basil but possesses pointed light green leaves and a sweet aroma.

Climate: Basil grows best under warm, tropical climates. Basil can be grown indoors or outdoors.

Type of Soil: Requires well-drained medium rich soil for optimum growth.

Methods of propagation: By seeds, stem cuttings.

Harvesting: The best time to harvest is right when the plant starts to bud (before the flowers bloom).

2. MINT

Mentha spp.

Botanical Name : Mentha spp.

Benefits: Mint is a herb with several health benefits and this forms a solid reason for you to grow it in your own home. Health benefits of mint is that it makes digestion easy, and is an excellent remedy for nausea and cough. Mint oil possesses antiseptic properties. It is used for seasoning of a variety of dishes. It is a well known mouth freshener. Mint, when planted indoors, helps in air purification. The aroma helps to repel pests. This article will help you to learn about how to care for mint plants.

Characteristics: Mint is a perennial herb. Color of the leaves range from dark green to purple. Flowers are shade of white or lavender.

Climate: Mint doesn’t require much sunlight. It grows best in partial shade.

Type of Soil: Mint requires moist, well-drained and medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By stem cuttings and division.

Harvesting: Harvesting of one mint plant can be done two or three times in one growing season. Harvesting can be done anytime; just pick the leaves as you need them.

3. THYME

Thymus vulgaris

Botanical Name : Thymus vulgaris.

Benefits: The flowers, leaves and oil of thyme are can be used for the treatment of diarrhoea, stomach ache, arthritis, sore throat, cough, bronchitis etc. It is also a culinary herb, used in culinary seasoning. Thyme also acts as a mosquito repellent. More details about growing thyme here :- How to grow thyme 

Characteristics: A perennial herb with oval or elliptical leaves. Flowers are light pink. The plant looks like a shrub with woody stems.

Climate: Thyme prefers a mild climate. It is a herb which can survive most winter conditions. Requires full sunlight. It can be planted indoors or outdoors.

Type of Soil: Light, well-drained alkaline soil is best suited for thyme.

Methods of propagation: By seeds, stem cuttings.

Harvesting: Thyme can be harvested anytime throughout the summer.

4. CHIVES

Allium schoenoprasum

Botanical Name : Allium schoenoprasum.

Benefits: The leaves are used in herb vinegars. It’s a culinary herb used mainly in salads, which gives it a particular flavour. The slight aroma of this plant helps in repelling carrot fly, Japanese beetle etc. Chives are an excellent source of vitamin A. More details about growing chives here : – how to grow chives indoor

Characteristics: Chives have fine green onion-like leaves. The flowers are lavender in color. The flowers look like pom-poms, which is edible. It is a perennial herb.

Climate: Chives prefer full sun. They grow very slowly in cold temperatures.

Type of Soil: Chives grow best in well-drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds or by division. Seeds germinate slowly whereas divided clumps increase rapidly. Chives should be divided every two or three years.

Harvesting: Chives can be harvested 30 days after division or 60 days after seeding. The leaves should be cut down to the base while harvesting.

5. ROSEMARY

Rosmarinus officinalis

Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis.

Benefits: Rosemary is a herb with aromatic leaves used in seasoning of foods and also in aromatherapy. It has numerous health benefits too. When planted indoors, it helps in air purification.Here is youtube video which explain how to grow rosemary 

Characteristics: Rosemary is a tender perennial with dark-green needle like leaves. The leaves are woolly-white in color on the underside, with small pale blue flowers.

Climate: Rosemary requires full sun for optimum growth. They prefer cold temperatures and are often grown indoors in containers.

Type of Soil: Well-drained medium rich alkaline soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds or by cuttings. Seeds are slow to germinate.

Harvesting: Prune the stems to use it fresh, whenever necessary.

6. SAGE

Salvia officinalis

Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis.

Benefits: Sage is a culinary herb which can be planted indoors or outdoors. Sage is an excellent anti-oxidant and helps in improving brain functions. Also helps in lowering blood glucose and cholesterol. Because of its pleasant aroma, sage is used in cosmetics and soap. More details here: – how to grow sage indoor 

Characteristics: Sage is a perennial herb with gray-green oblong leaves. The flowers are purple in color. The leaves have a leathery or pebbly appearance.

Climate: Sage requires full sunlight. Avoid humid conditions.

Type of Soil: Well-drained medium rich alkaline soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds, cuttings and division. Propagation by stem cuttings is the most commonly adopted practice.

Harvesting: During the first year, harvest lightly to ensure full growth. After that, harvesting can be done upto three times in a season.

7. DILL

Anethum graveolens

Botanical Name: Anethum graveolens.

Benefits: Dill is used as a flavouring agent in some dishes. Its seeds have more flavour than the leaves. Dill provides a tangy flavour to pickles and salads. The health benefits include improved digestion, relief from insomnia, diarrhoea, respiratory disorders and even cancer. It is also good for oral care. Here is more tips:- growing and harvesting dill

Characteristics: Dill is an annual herb with feathery blue-green leaves and small yellow flowers. Dill is planted outdoors only.

Climate: Dill grows best under full sunlight. It prefers warm climate.

Type of Soil: Well-drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: Propagation is by seeds. It is a self-sowing plant. The seeds can be sown directly in the garden or in a well-manured pot.

Harvesting: Harvesting can be done as soon as the plant has 4 to 5 leaves.

8. TARRAGON

Artemisia drancunculus

Botanical Name: Artemisia drancunculus.

Benefits: Tarragon is a culinary herb used as a flavouring agent, mainly in Mediterranean cuisines. It is also a rich source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and minerals like Calcium, Manganese etc. Tarragon is an excellent appetizer. Also is rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants; which improves health.

Characteristics: Tarragon is a perennial herb which does not set seed. They have smooth, olive green colored narrow leaves. A bushy plant with small branches.

Climate: Grows well under full sun to partial shade. Tarragon doesn’t like hot and humid climates.

Type of Soil: Well-drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By cuttings and by division.

Harvesting: Harvesting can be done regularly. Tarragon is best used fresh in the summer.

9. GREEK OREGANO

Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum

Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum.

Benefits: Oregano is a culinary herb with strong peppery flavour. Commonly used in seasoning of Italian dishes. It is rich in disease-fighting anti-oxidants. Oregano is a rich source of Manganese and Vitamin K, which helps in improving bone strength.

Characteristics: Oregano is a perennial herb with light green, oval shaped leaves. Flowers, in the form of clusters, are white in color.

Climate: Grows under full sun to partial shade. Oregano prefers climates with low humidity. Grown in containers.

Type of Soil: Well-drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By cuttings.

Harvesting: Harvesting can be done anytime, although the flavour is most intense before the plants bloom.

10. PARSLEY

Petroselinum crispum

Botanical Name: Petroselinum crispum.

Benefits: Parsley is a culinary herb, filled with antioxidants. It is also a rich source of Vitamin A and C. Helps in toning bones, effective for arthritis. Also helps to flush out unwanted toxins from body, thus helping kidney function. The most popular varieties of Parsley are curly parsley and Italian parsley. Curly parsley is very attractive whereas Italian parsley has more flavour. Check out more about how to grow parsley indoor from gardeningknowhow

Characteristics: Annual or biennial herb. Leaves are bright green in color. Flowers appear during spring time.

Climate: Grows under full sun to partial shade.

Type of Soil: Well-drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds, but are slow to germinate. Seeds are sown directly into pots.

Harvesting: Harvesting can be done when the leaf stems have developed three or four segments.

11. ROSE GERANIUM

Pelargonium xasperum Rose

Botanical Name: Pelargonium xasperum Rose.

Benefits: Rose Geranium, when planted indoors, helps in air purification. It is an important ingredient in aromatherapy. Some of the health benefits are blood pressure reduction, hormone balancing, relief from stress and depression, improving skin health & blood circulation and reduce blood pressure.

Characteristics: A perennial herb (only in frost free areas). Leaves are velvety and soft; mildly aromatic. Flowers are pink in color.

Climate: Rose geranium prefers warm temperate to subtropical climates.

Type of Soil: Well-drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By cuttings.

Harvesting: Harvesting can be done after shoots with four fully expanded leaves are formed.

12. SWEET WOODRUFF

Galium odoratum

Botanical Name: Galium odoratum.

Benefits: Sweet Woodruff is used as a flavouring agent in foods and beverages. The dried leaves have got a fresh vanilla-like aroma and hence can be used as an air freshener. It has got many health benefits. Some of these are helps in treating disease relating to lungs, stomach, liver and heart. Also helps in blood purification, reducing insomnia and relief from migraine. Sweet Woodruff also helps in healing of cuts and wounds.

Characteristics: A hardy perennial herb with glossy green leaves. Leaves appear in star-shaped whorls. Stem is slightly hairy and brittle. Flowers are small and pure white in color.

Climate: Prefers shady area and can tolerate temperature as low as -25oC

Type of Soil: Well-drained rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By cuttings and by division. Commonly propagated by division.

Harvesting: Sweet woodruff can be harvested anytime but, for the best fragrance, harvesting should be done just before it flowers.

13. LAVENDER

Lavandula angustifolia

Botanical Name: Lavandula angustifolia.

Benefits: Lavender is an excellent mosquito repellent. Helps in air purification. It has got a clean aroma, hence widely used in perfumes. Lavender has anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps in healing cuts and bruises. Health benefits of lavender include reduce tension, relieve pain, cleaning of scalp, improve blood circulation and treatment of respiratory problems.

Characteristics: A hardy perennial woody herb with narrow gray-green leaves and spikes of lavender colored flowers. Some varieties of lavender has pink or white colored flowers.

Climate: Prefers warm climate; can tolerate mild winters.

Type of Soil: Well-drained alkaline sandy loam.

Methods of propagation: By seeds and by cuttings. Cuttings are difficult to develop roots; hence seeding is commonly adopted for propagation.

Harvesting: Harvesting can be done when the flowers bloom; that is, during spring season.

14. WINTER SAVORY

Satureja montana

Botanical Name: Satureja montana.

Benefits: Savory herb is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. It contains anti-oxidants and also helps in controlling cholesterol. Winter savory also has antiseptic properties. It has got a sharp, pungent flavour, so less used in cooking compared to other herbs. Savory is commonly used to season salads, pasta, mayonnaise, various sauces and sandwiches. Another variety of savory called summer savory is also available; but has less flavour than winter savory.

Characteristics: A hardy perennial shrub like herb with short dark-green oblong leaves and small white blossoms.

Climate: This herb can tolerate different climate conditions. Requires full sunlight for optimum growth.

Type of Soil: Well-drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds and by cuttings.

Harvesting: Winter Savory can be harvested all year round. The ideal time is just before the blooming starts.

15. LEMON BALM

Melissa officinalis

Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis.

Benefits: Lemon Balm is called ‘calming herb’ because it helps to reduce anxiety, promote sleep and improve symptoms of indigestion. The leaves have a strong lemon-like smell and thus in repelling insects including mosquitoes. This refreshing lemon scented leaves tastes excellent in teas. The aroma of this herb attracts bees; which helps in pollinating rest of the herb garden. Lemon balm is also rich in anti oxidants.

Characteristics: An easily seeding hardy perennial herb. It spreads very rapidly. Leaves appear wrinkled; with dark green color. Has small creamy-yellow flowers.

Climate: Lemon balm grows well in all climates; but prefers drier climate.

Type of Soil: Moist well-drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds, cuttings and division.

Harvesting: Lemon Balm can be harvested just before the blooms develop, that is in May and June. It is better to harvest leaves during morning for fresh flavour.

16. SALAD BURNET

Poterium sanguisorba

Botanical Name: Poterium sanguisorba.

Benefits: As the name suggests, Salad Burnet is a culinary herb often used in salad dressing. Its leaves give a cucumber like flavour to the salad. It also helps in healing cuts and wounds by stopping the blood flow. Salad Burnet helps in destroying disease causing organisms in the stomach. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains vitamins C, A and some of the B-complex ones, along with the minerals iron and potassium. Learn more here: – salad brunet growing tips.

Characteristics: A hardy perennial herb, very attractive in a garden. Leaves are medium-green, with rounded leaflets, along a slender stem. Flowers are in the form of pinkish tufts, with no notable petals.

Climate: Salad Burnet can be grown in full sun to partial shade. It grows best in moderately moist conditions.

Type of Soil: Dry sandy loam.

Methods of propagation: By seeds.

Harvesting: Harvesting can be done when the plant is about 12 cm tall. For best flavour, harvest them when the leaves are young and tender.

17. CILANTRO

Coriandrum sativum

Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum.

Benefits: Cilantro is a well-known culinary herb used in almost all types of cuisines all around the world. The leaves of cilantro has got a very distinctive pungent flavour. The seed of Cilantro plant is known as coriander, which is used as a spice. Although cilantro and coriander are from the same plant, they differ in their flavours and hence used differently. Cilantro is known to have many disease preventing and health-promoting properties. It possess good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber. The herb is also a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Check out this, if you like to know more tips about here : – how to care and plant cilantro indoor.

Characteristics: Cilantro is an annual herb. It possesses dark green soft leaves that vary in shape; they are broad-lobed near the base, and slender and feathery higher up near its flowering stems. Flowers are in the form of umbels, white or pink in color. Seeds are tiny, oval shaped, yellowish brown colored with ridges and a pleasant aroma.

Climate: Warm climate is best suited for cilantro to flourish.

Type of Soil: Well drained rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds and by cuttings. Propagation by seeds is the most common method. They don’t root easily from cuttings.

Harvesting: Harvesting can be done when the plant is about 15 cm tall. Harvest leaves from bottom through one third the height of the plant.

18. LOVAGE

Levisticum officinale

Botanical Name: Levisticum officinale.

Benefits: Lovage leaves have a pungent celery-like flavour; hence used in seasoning of soups, salads and stews. It is considered as a natural remedy for kidney stones. Lovage is a natural blood cleanser, has anti inflammatory properties as well. Used in treatment of certain skin diseases, rheumatism, migraine and throat ache. More detailed tips here – lovage growing tips.

Characteristics: Lovage is a hardy perennial with dark green shiny leaves and umbels of small greenish yellow flowers.

Climate: Lovage grows best in sunny to partly shaded areas.

Type of Soil: Moist, well drained, medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds and by cuttings.

Harvesting: Lovage leaves can be harvested whenever you need them. For fresh flavour, harvest leaves in the morning, just after the dew has disappeared. Harvest seeds during late summer.

19. MARJORAM

Origanum majorana

Botanical Name: Origanum majorana.

Benefits: Marjoram is a culinary herb which has got many health benefits. Medicines are made from  marjoram’s flowers, leaves, and oil. Tea made from marjoram leaves or flowers is an excellent remedy for cough, cold, sore throat and various digestive problems like poor appetite, intestinal gas and stomach cramps. Marjoram also improves blood circulation. Other uses include treating diabetes, insomnia,muscle spasms, headache, and back pain. In manufacturing, marjoram oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics. More about Marjoram from gardeningknowhow :- how to grow marjoram.

Characteristics: Marjoram is a tender perennial with small gray-green aromatic leaves. Flowers are white in color, with knotted buds of overlapping bracts.

Climate: Marjoram prefers warm, less humid climates. They can’t survive freezing temperatures.

Type of Soil: Well drained medium rich soil.

Methods of propagation: By seeds and by cuttings.

Harvesting: Marjoram is ready for harvest 60 days after sowing, that is when the plant is about 15cm tall. Flavour is at its best when the leaves are harvested just before blooming.

Let us know which herb from this collection  that you started growing indoor.Having a living garden in your kitchen will  give an awesome appeal.

21 Hanging Glass Terrarium Ideas

Are you a gardening enthusiast and looking for inspirations to decorate your home? Then show your creativity by making a hanging glass terrarium garden.

Here are the most popular models on amazon:

Set of Three Types
Set of six Terrariums
Single Large Terrarium
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Ivolador Hanging Glass Home Garden
Set of 6 Hanging Glass Globe Plant Terrariums
MyGift Large Clear Glass Hanging Air Plant Terrarium
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Ivolador Terrarium Container Flower Planter Hanging Glass Home Garden Decor -3 Type
Set of 6 Hanging Glass Globe Plant Terrariums - Glass Orbs Air Plants Tea Light Candle Holders Succulents Moss Miniature Garden Planters Home Decor Indoor Garden DIY Gifts (4" Tall by 4" Diameter)
MyGift 7-Inch Large Clear Glass Hanging Air Plant Terrarium Ball/Votive Candle Holder w/Flat Base & Loop Hook
Set of Three Types
Product
Ivolador Hanging Glass Home Garden
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Ivolador Terrarium Container Flower Planter Hanging Glass Home Garden Decor -3 Type
Set of six Terrariums
Product
Set of 6 Hanging Glass Globe Plant Terrariums
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Set of 6 Hanging Glass Globe Plant Terrariums - Glass Orbs Air Plants Tea Light Candle Holders Succulents Moss Miniature Garden Planters Home Decor Indoor Garden DIY Gifts (4" Tall by 4" Diameter)
Single Large Terrarium
Product
MyGift Large Clear Glass Hanging Air Plant Terrarium
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MyGift 7-Inch Large Clear Glass Hanging Air Plant Terrarium Ball/Votive Candle Holder w/Flat Base & Loop Hook

I was really intrigued at the beauty of this particular decor, when I saw it at my friend’s beach wedding reception. There they used it to decorate the reception venue. I really wanted to try out those hanging glass terrariums as a home decor. Then I started searching the internet about various ideas to implement these. Here I have listed 21 inspirations, to decorate your home and at the same time pursue your gardening hobby. If you would like to know how to make an orchid terrarium in 5 minutes with a step by step guide and 18 HD photo inspirations.

Hanging glass terrarium for plants

Materials Required:

  1. Glass globe, which is your planter.You can buy glass globes available on various online stores, or if you are creative enough then you can use some of your old glass jar, bulb etc.
  2. Rocks, pebbles and sand.
  3. Well drained potting soil.
  4. Activated charcoal.
  5. Plants to be planted in your terrarium; it can be succulents, air-plants or mosses.
  6. Rope or metallic clamp to hang your terrarium or metallic stand.
  7. Fairy decors.
  8. Water sprayer or mister.

All these materials can be purchased from local nursery, hardware store or some can be purchased from online stores.

Lets start:

Get all the required materials. Decide the location where you wanted to keep this hanging terrarium garden. It could be your living room or bedroom, or you can place it on your study table also. Fix  the clamp on the wall or arrange the stand on your study table to hang the globe. First, fill the glass globe with some rocks, and before that make sure the globe has some drainage holes.Fill activated charcoal as second layer and on top of that, plant mosses to cover those rocks and pebbles.

Decide which plant to be planted on this terrarium. If you are going to plant air-plants, then there is no need of potting soil. Also air-plants require very less maintenance. But if you are going to plant succulents or other small plants, then you need to fill up your modern terrarium with potting soil. And remember, it needs to be watered regularly.

And finally, add those decorative  fairy decors. You can hang your glass terrarium on the clamp you have fixed earlier on the wall or on the stand which you placed on your study table. You are DONE: :D :D :D

Lets take a look at those 21 hanging glass terrarium photo inspirations:

Classy glass terrarium for plants

Cylinder hanging glass flower vase 

Small transparent hanging glass terrarium

Hanging glass terrarium for three

Bulb hanging glass terrarium

Pixie hanging terrarium with air plants

Lightbulb terrarium for water plants

Gold geometric terrarium with stand

Geometric glass terrarium for display

Hanging glass terrarium with chain

Hanging glass terrarium for air plants

Diamond shape glass terrarium

Hanging glass terrarium for small plants

Glass terrarium with stand

Glass terrarium with succulents

Globe glass terrarium for succulents

Hanging metal glass terrarium

Hanging glass terrarium with stand

Teardrop glass terrarium for plants

Round glass terrarium for succulents

Ivolador glass terrarium for plants

Plants for hanging glass terrarium:

Mostly succulents and air plants are used in hanging glass terrariums; sometimes along with moss for decoration.

Succulents:

Succulents are referred to as those plants that store water in their leaves. Hence they have fleshy leaves. These group of plants do need water for their survival; but they can live for extended periods without water, by using the water stored in their leaves. That is precisely the reason for using succulents in hanging glass terrariums; so that you don’t need frequent watering. The amount of water required vary for different varieties, but in general succulents require less water compared to other plants. Also, succulents are aesthetically good and thus adds beauty to your glass terrarium.

Air Plants:

Air plants, as the name suggests, can grow and thrive without soil. Their specialized leaves absorb required amount of water and other nutrients from atmosphere and thus they are easy to care for. Roots of these plants merely serves as an anchoring device. They may need water occasionally, and you can provide that by soaking them in water for some time. Also, air plants need lots of air around them. A hanging glass terrarium fulfils these requirements and hence air plants are commonly used for this wonderful decor.

Have you tried any of these inspirations?? Let us know your comments and suggestions in comment box below.

30 Exotic flowers to have in your garden

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. By Luther Burbank

Here you get an exotic collection of colorful flowers to have in your garden. If you are planning to decorate your home using these flowers, you can go for Ikebana flower arrangement,which uses flowers to make decorative centrepieces. Read about 8 Unique styles of Ikebana arrangements here.

1.Alstroemeria

This flower is commonly called Peruvian Lily or lily of the Incas or Parrot lily. A native of South America, this flower is regarded as the flower of friendship. Alstroemeria flowers bloom during late spring or early summer.

Peruvian Lily

2.Camellia japonica or Japanese camellia

This is a very popular flower in the genus camellia. It is commonly called the Rose of winter. Japanese Camellia is the official flower of Alabama. This flower possess brilliant symmetry and strikingly similar to a rose flower.

Japanese Camellia

3.Crysanthemum

This flower comes in a variety of shape and sizes and in different colors. They are native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Crysanthemums are tropical flowers.

Bright yellow Crysanthemum

4.Daisy

Daisy or common daisy is one of the commonly found flowers on earth. They are native to north and central Europe. This flower symbolizes innocence and purity. More details from Encyclopaedia Britannica – Daisy flower.

Beautiful Daisy in the garden

5.Dahlia

Dahlia flowers are native to Mexico. There are over 40 species of dahlia flowers. They bloom in different colors and sizes, with one flower head per stem.

Colorful Dahlia

6.Dandelion

Dandelions are native to North America. The flower gets its name from the French word dent-de-lion, meaning lion’s tooth.

Dandelion with a bee

7.Dendrobium Smilliae

This beautiful flower is commonly found in Australia. Also known as Bottlebrush Orchid.

Bottlebrush Orchid

8.Dianthus

There are numerous varieties of dianthus, so that there is one suited for every garden.  They are native to Europe and Asia. Most popular varieties of dianthus are Carnations, Sweet William and Cottage Pinks. Read more here : Plant care guide about Dianthus from plant.org

Pretty dianthis for the garden

9.Drumstick Allium

Drumstick allium is one of the summer blooming alliums. The blooms are egg-shaped, and are red-purple in color.

Egg-shaped drumstick allium

10.Echinacea

Echinacea is a beautiful flower having medicinal properties. It helps in improving immune system. These are summer blooming flowers. Get more info about Echinacea flower from Missouri Botanical Garden.

Echinacea flower from Missouri Botanical Garden

11.Galanthus Nivalis

This is the best known flower in galanthus genus. Commonly called snow drops, these flowers bloom during spring season.

Snow drops in the spring

12.Gerbera Daisy

This flower resembles daisy and is commonly known as African daisy. Gerbera is widely used as a decorative flower, owing to its attractive appearance. They are native to South America, Africa and Asia. More facts about Gerbera daisy from BHG.com.

Attractive African daisy

13.Grass of Parnassus

This flower is also known as bogstar. The plant is not a grass, and the flowers bloom from July to September. The flower is named after Mount Parnassus in Greece.

Bloomed Bogstar

14.Lily of the valley

These flowers have very strong, sweet fragrance during spring time. The tiny, white colored, bell shaped flowers spread easily and are very eye-catching.

Bell shaped lily of the valley

15.Lisianthus

This flower is popular as a decorative flower and a cut flower. The plant can be grown indoors. Lisianthus blooms during summer and fall.

Lisianthus in a pot

16.Lupine

Growing lupines in your garden means a garden full of vibrant colors, such is the attractiveness of lupines. This is a short lived perennial commonly found in the United States.

Lupine full of vibrant colors

17.Narcissus

Narcissus is a genus of perennial plants that blooms during spring. They are commonly called daffodils. The flowers are white or yellow in color. These flowers are native to the Mediterranean region.Read more here: Narcissus facts from flowers.org.

Yellow daffodils

18.Orchids

The flowers in orchid family are very colorful and most of them are fragrant. These flowers represent beauty at its best and is a must have member in every garden. Check out what American orchid society say about what to do with orchids. 

Colorful orchids

19.Plumeria

These gorgeous flowers are widely used for decorative purposes such as in making floral garlands, wedding bouquets etc. This flower is also known by the name Frangipani. Plumeria flowers possess an enticing fragrance. They also form excellent cut flowers.

Frangipani with an enticing fragrance

20.Pom pom Dahlia

These are slightly smaller than the usual dahlias and are ball shaped, sometimes perfectly round.

Round pom pom dahlias

21.Poppy

This plant is grown in every garden because of their colorful and attractive flowers. Poppies are commonly found in the Mediterranean region. Check this amazing article from bbc about why this poppy ?

Atractive poppy

22.Purple Allium

These flowers form a 3 inch wide globe full of purple flowers. They stand out in any garden owing to their appearance. This flower is also known as Persian Onion.

Persian Onion

23.Ranunculus

Ranunculus are known for their brilliant colored flowers. The image shown here is that of buttercups, which flowers during spring time.

Ranunculus flower mixture

24.Rudbeckia Hirta

This is one of the most popular wild flowers grown in home gardens. Rudbeckia hirta is commonly known as Black-eyed Susan. They are native to North America.

Black-eyed Susan

25.Snapdragon

These flowers are called snapdragons because of their resemblance to the face of a dragon. They are good to grow both indoors and outdoors. They grow easily in all gardens under all climates.Here you get more information about snapdragon from Cornell university.

Snapdragon in different colors

26.Spoon Daisy

This flower is also known as African daisy or Cape daisy. They can be easily identified by their distinct spoon shaped petals. They prefer warm and sunny climate.

African daisy

27.Tulip

These flowers are called lipsticks of garden because they make your garden beautiful with their wide array of colors. They grow best in regions with dry summers and cold winters. Learn more about tulips here- tulip facts for kids.

Tulip, lipsticks of garden

28.Veronica

Also called speedwell, this is an easy to grow perennial plant. The flowers are in the form of 1 to 3 feet tall spikes, with small petals, that are blue, pink, purple or white in color. They blooms from spring to autumn.

Speedwell in the autumn

29.Viola

Viola or Violets are a genus of plants with spring blooming flowers. They are native to northern hemisphere. They grows best in moist and slightly shaded conditions.

Violets with spring blooming flowers

30.Zinnia

Zinnia flowers are colorful flowers coming under daisy family. They are native to South America. Small zinnias are suitable for growing in containers as well. Get more info about Zinnia here from Chicago botanical garden – The hardest working flowers in summer.

Zinnia colorful flowers

Let us know which flower amazed you the most. We would love to hear from you…

21 Cute tiny cactus decor gift ideas

Are you looking for some unique gift ideas for your loved ones during this holiday season? Here we have a unique gift idea to try it yourselves or get it from decor shops. Tiny cactus decors are awesome piece of decors which you can gift to your loved ones.

If you are creative enough and a DIY enthusiast, this idea is an ideal choice to try it out as it is very easy to make and materials are very easily available.

Wooden garden succulent planter

How to make a tiny cactus decor:

First step for tiny cactus decor is to choose a tiny pot which you love the most. Choose the one which is tiny, cute and colorful, so that it will catch the attention. These tiny pots or planter are available from online stores like etsy.com or amazon.com. If you have a home decor store nearby then it best place to look for some unique and colorful pots.

Succulents in unique pots

Ball shape pots with succulents

Succulent ceramic planters

Second step in making this decor is choosing tiny cactus or succulent plants. Remember, all cactus plants are succulents whereas all succulents are not cactus.  So carefully choose a mix of cactus or succulents for making this awesome decor. Here we have a list of 10 plants that we recommend for this tiny and cute decor.

Dudleya : The plant looks like a beautiful flower. The fleshy rosettes of this variety have a powdered appearance. To be kept in areas having good sunlight.

Graptopetalum : The plumb rosettes mounted over one another gives this plant a rich look. The rosettes are thick and fleshy.

Agave ‘Blue Glow’ : This is a hybrid variety of agave. The rosettes are blue-green in color with red or yellow borders. These borders are visible when placed in full sunlight.

Zebra Cactus : These succulents have thick pointed dark green leaves similar to aloe plants. The leaves have distinct white stripes at regular intervals and hence the name. Mostly used indoors and are very attractive.

Lace Aloe (Torch plant) : This succulent has thin pointed leaves. It comes under the category of dwarf aloes. It has white markings on leaf surfaces.

Burro’s Tail : This succulent is an excellent indoor plant, particularly suited for hanging baskets. It has a thick stem, beaded with small fleshy pointed leaves. Burro’s tail is green to gray green in color, with a powdery look.

Mamillaria : The genus mamillaria is one of the largest in cactus species, with over 200 varieties. Most cacti under this genus possess spherical shape with lots of thorns and fleshy interiors; and with attractive flowers.

Hens and Chicks : These groups of succulents are called so because of their ability to produce numerous baby succulents. They look like green roses made of rubber. They are mostly preferred for growing indoors.

Echeveria : This genus of succulents comes under Crassulaceae family. Rosettes are pinkish lavender in color with attractive bright pink borders.

Lithops cactus : These plants are often called living stones because of their pebble-like appearance. They possess bulb shaped leaves that appears to be fused together with hardly any stem.

Since these plants are from desert eco-system, they need very less maintenance and it will last for very long period. Choose the right potting soil, and do not over water these plants. It is good to use sphagnum moss or pebbles to cover the potting soil. If you would like to know more about succulent decors:- DIY for how to make succulent terrarium 

Mount this awesome decor on your refrigerator door,  Isn’t it an amazing piece to decorate your kitchen?

Golf ball wall-mounted mini planters

Place it on Windowsill:

These succulents can be arranged on the windowsill like the one shown below. Make sure to use good potting soil and have a proper drainage holes so as to avoid water logging.

Rectangle planter with succulents

Ceramic plant pots with bamboo tray

Ceramic plant pots with bamboo saucer

Place it on table top:

Arranging these tiny succulent on a dish like one shown below forms an amazing table top centrepiece.

Vertical succulent planter

Round ceramic succulent planter

Small succulent planter box

Cacti in small clay pots

Snowflakes glazed porcelain pots

Green succulent pots

Tooth succulent planter

DIYs for tiny succulent decor pots:

Clay pot DIY for succulent decor from Rachel,

Brown egg design for pots

Garden glazed pot

Mount it on wall:

These tiny cactus decors can be wall mounted as well as shown in images below.

Round glass wall vase planter

Small succulent cork planters

Let us know which photo inspiration excited you the most. Have a great holiday season.

Japanese Maple: An ideal bonsai tree for all seasons

Japanese maple bonsai trees are most common choice for bonsai because of its decorative, colorful and ornamental foliages.  Maple trees are deciduous small trees, with odd numbered pointed leaves. Usually 5 -11 pointed leaves are there depending on the genus and species of maples. Maples are commonly found in Japan, China and Korea.

If you are looking to buy your own Japanese Maple, here are the three most popular options at amazon:

Coral Pink Japanese Maple

A wide variety of maples are available for bonsai. Most common ones with five pointed leaves are called Acer palmatum. They are very widely used for bonsai due to their ready availability, beautiful foliage and graceful branch structure. They also responds to most bonsai techniques. If you are confused which bonsai style to choose for your bonsai, find it here: 9 decorative bonsai styles.

Japanese Maple trees are perfect specimen for the bonsai in your yard. They are adaptable to very wide range of climate conditions in North America, Japan, China, Korea. An ideal plant for both eastern and western hemisphere bonsais. It can grow up to 15 feet tall and you can get it shorter if you do extensive pruning and trimming.

Pruning Japanese Maples:

Japanese laceleaf maple pruning is also called “shell pruning”. Top layers will act as a protective cover of foliage for the entire tree. It will look like a shell , hence the name shell pruning. The branches or bones of maple tree is more important for its aesthetic appeal. Try out some unique and creative twisting techniques by doing proper wiring and trimming.

How to Prune Japanese Maple Bonsai: {Tips}

Thin wisely and evenly:  Thin laceleaf or shell prune maples intelligently. Don’t remove more than one fifth of the live crown in a given year to avoid stressing the plant or trigger unwanted growth. To reduce overall bulk and clutter, prune throughout the tree evenly. Thinned out plant will have space filled but with fewer branches.
Branch layers separation: If a lateral branch crosses into the area occupied by the scaffold above or below, you have to remove it.  Remove any branches that stray into the scaffold above or below.
Prune old and dead woods: Find out the old and dead woods and branches and cut it down. You may have to use a keyhole saw to make precision cuts. These cuts are very important for choosing the right style for your bonsai.
Remove dragging branches: For giving more appeal and aesthetics, remove the branches that touches the ground. Do not prune any branch that is more than half the diameter of the trunk.
Create a veiled top layer of leaves: As the final step, create a curtain effect where you can see through tiny spaces in the foliage by thinning out many small branches. The layers of twigs above the branches will look like a veil. Stripping out the topmost branches will lead to decaying the entire tree, so be very careful in trimming the top of the tree.

Bonus tips:

  • Branches that do not taper much , do not regularly divide or do not curve must be pruned out.
  • Pruning in summer stimulate less growth than winter pruning.
  • Good to avoid pruning if temperature is more than 27°C.

Colourful maple bonsai:

Another attractive feature of this tree is it can have different coloured leaves in different seasons. In Spring Japanese Maple Bonsai tree leaves are bright red in color. As they mature they will turn pinkish and purple. During summer, leaves will take green color with pinkish tinges. During fall season, leaves will turn dark pinkish red colour. When all leaves have turned pinkish red, then its an awesome sight to watch.

Japanese Maple Bonsai tree

Red Japanese Maple Bonsai

Rare purple Japanese Maple Bonsai

Green Japanese Maple Bonsai

Yellow Japanese Maple Bonsai

Multicolor Japanese Maple Bonsai

Disadvantages:
It takes 10-20 years to get the full fledged Japanese maple bonsai tree. So it needs lots of perseverance and will power to continue maintaining this awesome tree. Another option for having a Japanese maple bonsai quickly is to get a grown specimen instead of growing it from seed. Then you can start applying pruning and trimming bonsai technique to decorate the tree.

Mini Maple tree bonsai as home decors

Though these are not actual bonsai, we can call it look alike of bonsai. But these are awesome centrepiece for decorating your study table or living room tea table. Its an ideal way to bring nature inside your home.

Mini Japanese Maple Bonsai

KOKEDAMA – 27 Japanese moss ball garden ideas

Are you looking for awesome ideas to decorate your home with some hanging plants.? Ok then lets revive an ancient Japanese art of decorating the home using moss balls and houseplants, knows as “KOKEDAMA“.

Kokedama- is a form of Japanese bonsai using a mixture of moss and clay ball, and it can be hung in your living room to add decoration.

This form of interior decorating idea is very famous in Japan and nowadays its getting popular everywhere, because it is an awesome small garden idea for those who would love to pursue gardening in a very small space. It is commonly know as Japanese string garden.

Choose some flowering plants with enticing colours. Here we have 33 weird but really awesome flowers. This amazing collection include exotic flowers like orchids, tulips.

Let me give you an idea about how can we start making such a creative decor to decorate your home and at the same time do indoor gardening.

Materials required:

  1. Small plants; if it is flowering one , then its an awesome choice.
  2. Peat soil and Bonsai soil in 7:3 ratio. Bonsai soil is called “akedama” in Japanese
  3. Dry mosses to decorate and cover the clay ball.
  4. Gloves, mixing bowl, water, waxed string and scissors.

All these materials can be purchased from nearby nursery stores or you can shop online through Amazon or eBay.

Lets do it: (step by step procedure)

  1. Step 1: Decide the location where you want to place or hang the kokedama string garden.
  2. Step 2: Main ingredient for the moss ball are peat soil and akedama soil mixture. This is clayey soil, when watered it sticks very well. Mix these two in 7:3 proportion with sufficient amount of water. Water should be added to maintain a sticky consistency. Then start making clay balls.
  3. Step 3: Once clay balls are ready, cover it up with dry mosses and keep it for some time to stick to the clay ball. Use water sprayer to spray water.
  4. Step 4: Now you can pierce a hole in the clay ball and then plant your  small plant there. Choose the right flowering plant to add extra decoration. Orchids are best choice to give this garden an exotic feel.
  5. Step 5: Cut the waxed strings ( measure the length you require for your string garden) Then wrap it around the moss ball.
  6. Step 6: Fix a clamp on the wall to hang this string garden.

Hurray…. We are done . Now lets admire the beauty of the kokedama string garden.

Here I have some photo inspirations about how to do this creative decorating stuff.

Moss ball terrarium

Succulent moss ball

Asparagus fern in sheet moss

Lightbulb water terrarium

Japanese moss ball with Peace Lily

Hanging moss planter

Green moss balls

Now, how about the maintenance of this string garden?? Here are few tips to be noted down:

  • Needs to be watered once in a week, depending on the type of plants you select for kokedama garden. If you are choosing orchids or such flowering plants, you may need water more frequently. Watering can be done by using a water sprayer or you can detach the string garden from the clamp and then dip slightly in water so that enough amount of water gets soaked in.
  • Should not expose this to direct sun, because  mosses that we used to cover the clay ball will get dried off very easily.
  • Make sure no insects or bugs form their nests in this moss ball, those insects will kill the small plants.

Are you inspired by seeing this creative idea to start your small garden and decorate your home?? Let us know your suggestions and experience in the comment box below. We are eager to hear from you all :D :D :D. Are u looking for more ideas to decorate home your moss, then lets take a look at 7 indoor moss garden ideas to decorate home.

15 miniature zen garden ideas for relaxing

Karesansui is the Japanese name of zen garden, which translates to dry mountain and water garden. The main components of zen garden are stones and gravel, with plants and water being the optional components. In case of miniature zen gardens, they are either kept on your desktop or used as home decor in your living room. So for miniature zen garden water feature can be avoided.

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A zen garden is a Japanese form of dry garden, where nature is represented in a miniature form by using stones and sand or gravel.

Zen garden with Japanese censers

Most Zen gardens are dry gardens made of stones and gravel only, without any living components. Gravel is preferred to sand, as it is least disturbed by wind and rain. For mini Zen gardens, sand is used because of the small size of the garden. Here is another art form which shows Japanese people’s love for nature: Ikebana flower arrangement 

Zen garden rake set

Lets take a look at how we can make a miniature zen garden.?  Advantage of  mini zen garden is you can try out different designs depending on your time and mood. These design represent various phenomenons of nature. All the miniature zen garden accessories are easily available and they can be collected with out much hassle. They are really inexpensive and something that every one can try it out at home.

Meaning of zen garden

In short, a zen garden can be described as an aerial view of a coastal area, where land meets sea. The stones in a zen garden represent features that stand above water such as islands, mountains or big rocks. The sand represents water feature like sea or ocean. Various patterns are drawn in sand using a rake. These patterns represent waves or ripples formed in water.

You can create various patterns depending on your imagination. The plants used in a zen garden represent the miniature version of actual plants. Only moss and some varieties of uniformly growing plants like air plants or some succulents  are used for this. The procedure of making patterns using rake called samon serves aesthetic as well as spiritual purpose.

Buddha zen garden

Here is a complete DIY from instructables.com

Zen garden with Chinese ornaments

How to make a mini zen garden:

  • Collect all the materials required: 1) Sand, 2) Pebbles 3) Rake 4) Container or box 5) Essential oil 6) Plants ( mosses , air plants or succulents )
  • Collect sand and pebbles from a beach, but make sure you clean them up. Get rid of bugs, dirt and  twigs from the sand you collected.
  • If you don’t want to collect sand from beach, good quality coloured sands are available in various online craft stores or floral stores.
  • Pour the sand in the container you choose. it can be a glass container which adds extra beauty to your decorative min zen garden. You can arrange it on normal box or container, here container doesn’t matter much.
  • Pour few drops of essential oil so that it gives you an aroma, which helps you to concentrate while you rake the pattern on the sand. This will give you a relaxing ambiance.
  • Adding some jojoba oil can give a wet look to sand, it need to be added in right proportion. It helps to keep the pattern you draw on the sand for longer time.
  • Place the different sized and coloured pebbles . Then you can plant some plants ( most commonly used are succulents, air plants or mosses ). This will give a living touch to your desktop zen garden.
  • Use the rake to draw various patterns. Use decorative pieces to add extra beauty.

Here is an infographic on how to make min zen garden by Yumi sakugawa.

The below inspiration is a miniature zen garden which represent yin yang. Yin and Yang are two half and together they represent completeness. Here you can find more details about Yin – yang : What is yin- yang ?

Yin and Yang zen garden

Most Japanese temples have zen gardens in their compound, where the monks practice samon to increase their concentration. It also gives a meditating effect to those who are watching this. The art of drawing patterns forms the essence of a zen garden.

Japanese zen garden

Benefits of miniature zen garden:

Having a mini zen garden in your home helps you to increase your concentration, by drawing different patterns. You can redraw the patterns in sand as and when you desire according to your imagination.

You can involve your kids to join in creating a perfect zen garden. The method of raking can be explained by a simple example. Imagine a frog jumping into water. The stone in zen garden represents frog and sand represents water. The pattern should be drawn in the form of concentric circles surrounding the stone, like the ripples in water. Although it may seem easy, this art of making continuous patterns requires patience and extreme concentration.

Zen garden with sand

Below we have  some of the desktop zen garden inspirations using colorful sands. Lets take a look at various pattern drawn on the sand. Use your imagination to be creative and come up with different patterns.

Zen garden sand design

Zen garden with bridge

Zen garden sea life

Christmas zen garden

Mini meditation zen garden

A miniature zen garden for outdoor using pebbles and rocks is shown below. It uses succulents to represent the living element. Pebbles or gravels can be arranged in various fashion which represent nature and its behaviour.

Zen garden with succulent

Let us know if any of these inspirations helped you to start your own desktop miniature zen garden. Its an easy do it yourself which any one can try it out without much effort and money. You need a lot a patience to draw the patterns, but in return it help you to build up your concentration and gives a relaxing mood to your mind.

27 Awesome indoor water garden inspirations

Let’s do fenghsui, interior decoration, aquarium and gardening at the same time.  Indoor water garden is the best solution for integrating 4 hobbies together. You have to be creative here by finding out the right plants, right container for this awesome decorative stuff.

Growing plants in water without soil is known as hydroponic gardening.

The following are the best indoor water gardens available at Amazon:

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Water Garden, Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food, Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem (Great Gardening Gift & Family Project)
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Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade
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13.4 x 13.4 x 9.5
28 x 8 x 17
24 x 12 x 20
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24 pounds
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Water Garden, Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food, Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem (Great Gardening Gift & Family Project)
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AquaSprouts Black Water Garden
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AquaSprouts Garden
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28 x 8 x 17
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Ecolife Aquaponics Indoor Garden
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Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade
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24 x 12 x 20
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Some of our favorite plants that are suitable for indoor water gardening are:

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Ocean Spider Plant

Ocean Spider Plant

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Golden Devil's Ivy

Golden Devil's Ivy

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Siam Aurora Chinese Evergreen Plant

Siam Aurora Chinese Evergreen Plant

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Hirt's Peace Lily Plant

Hirt's Peace Lily Plant

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Heart Leaf Philodendron

Heart Leaf Philodendron

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Tradescantia zebrina 'Wandering Jew Purple'

Tradescantia zebrina 'Wandering Jew Purple'

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One option is Aquaponic Gardening

Aquaponics is a symbiotic system which uses advantages of both hydroponics and aquaculture. Check out some of the amazing commercial aquaponics systems which make you self sustained for food.

Here is a cheat sheet infographic to start your indoor water garden:

indoor water garden infographics

Step by Step Guide:
  • First step is to choose the right container,

If you don’t want to spend too much on the container, then be creative here by getting a glass jar from your antique. Make sure u clean it throughly and decorative it to make it eye catching. Apothecary jars,  glass or ceramic cookware are best choice for this.

If you are ok to spend around 50-100$, then you will get nice and creative looking glass containers from online stores like etsy, amazon,eBay. Or it can be bought from your local garden center or garden nursery.

  • Second step is to choose the right plants which can be grown in water. You can choose either house plants or some indoor herb plants, which can be grown in water, but all plants are not aqua friendly.

Let me classify the water plants:

1. True aquatics

Plants which can be completely submerged in water like parrots feather or Anubias. These plants need soil or gravel at the bottom so that roots of plants can be fixed inside.

2. Semi aquatics

Plants which can be only partially submerged in water like umbrella palm or sweet flag.Their roots will be submerged in water and foliage will be on the surface of water.

3. Floaters

Best example for this category are very common water hyacinth and water lettuce. They add its beauty be floating and drifting in water.

Tips for indoor water garden:

  • Some plants need bright sunlight, atleast 4-6hrs, choose a location which is best for more light. Windowsill is best location for such plants.
  • Use fluorosent light instead of incandescent light, which lead to over heating of water and finally your plants will be dead.
  • Dont clean the container with detergent, presence of detergent in water will lead to death of you house plants in water, because it makes difficult for plant to breath.
  • Dont replace the water completely, because it leads to algae growth again, as once a algae cycle is over, it will not grow again. Use some decorative fish to get rid of algae.
  • Water evaporates from container over a period of time and it need to be replenished accordingly.
  • Use pebbles or tablets of fertilisers instead of normal outdoor fertilisers.
  • Use pieces of charcoal in water as it make water more clear and get rid of bad smell.

Let me list down some advantages that I have learned from my experience.

  1. Very Low maintanance. No need of regular watering.
  2. Pest and disease resistant.
  3. No dirt and messy stuffs inside your home.
  4. Very limited space required.
  5. Suitable for kids.

Lets take a look at these awesome photo inspirations to start you indoor water garden.

Forcing Bulbs in Glass Containers

Water plant glass terrarium

Grow bulbs indoor

Try to be creative by growing bulbs ( hyacinths and Paperwhites ) indoor during this fall season.

Hyacinth in glass bulb vase

Lilly Pond garden in vase

Cylinder flower vase decor

Home decor Glass Jar indoor garden

Bulb vase in swivel stand

Glass Container Indoor garden

Hanging glass terrarium

Let us know which inspiration amazed you the most. Doesn’t it give u enough motivation to start making you water garden for decorating your living room.

23 Air plant display ideas for decorating home

Lets make a living decor using air plants to decorate your living room. These 23 air plants display ideas will help you to decorate your home using these unique plants.

Tillandsias, also known as air plants, are plants which doesn’t need any soil for its growth. Leaves of air plants absorb nutrients from air and water for its growth. Roots are for anchoring purpose only.

If you do not have air plants yet or wish to get more, these are the most popular at amazon:

And if you are looking for an air plant holder, these are the most popular:

Before we jump into awesome display inspirations for air plants, lets learn how to care for air plants:

These indoor plants need special care and attention to grow indoor. It needs proper water, light, temperature and nutrients for its proper growth. This infographics will give you enough information for proper maintenance of this home decor.

How to care for air plants infographics

For simplicity, let us classify the air plant display ideas into 3 groups.

  • Wall Mount display ideas.
  • Hanging display ideas.
  • Table top display ideas.

Wall Mount Air plant display ideas

This is a form of indoor vertical gardening. Various decorative wall mount containers are available in market in different shapes. Fix the air plant in the container and then mount the entire decorative piece on the wall.

The below inspiration is wooden plank wall mount. Xerographica is the air plant is planted on it. Sea shell is used as a decorative piece in this display idea.

Xerographica wall display

In this inspiration, wall mount is prepared using sticks, arranged in the shape of a wreath. Air plants are planted on this. It can be mounted on the wall or on the doors as well.

Air plant in wreath

Use seashells as planter for your air plant decor. Fix a magnet on these shells and plant those air plants. Mount it on your refrigerator door as decor.

Air plants in shells

In this decorative piece, a wooden log is used as a planter.

Air plants in a driftwood

Mount spiral rings on the wall and use that as planter. Plant these unique plants on these rings.

Air plant terrarium with stand

Fix this glass tube on the wall, fill it with some pebbles and moss, then plant air plant in it.

Succulents in spherical orb

Hanging air plant display ideas

We can decorate home by hanging these air plants using various hangers. First lets fix some decorative hangers available in market then plant air plants on these hangers.

Hanging planter for air plants

Air plant holder with chain

This unique idea will help you to plant your air plants on a hanging chain from the ceiling of your bedroom or living room.

Metal planter on hanging chain

These jelly fish type decorative, hanging ideas can be used to decorate your living room. It will make a good contrast if your wall color is white.

Jellyfish-type planter mounted in the wall

In this idea, a metallic hanger is used to place air plant.

Metallic planter for air plants

Table Top air plant display ideas

Various decorative table top and desk top holders are available to plant your indoor air plants. Some of the display ideas are shown below.

Air plant in wood holder

Black metal hanger for ai plant

Spiral holder for your pots

Table Top glass terrariums to arrange air plants. Decorate it with colourful mosses and seashells to add beauty to your decorative piece.

Air plant glass terrarium

Make use of a throw away bulb and use it as a planter for air plant decor.

Lightbulb used as plant holder

Here you will see some colourful plant holders.

Colorful pots for succulents

Ceramic vase used as a planter for air plant display. Don’t forget to decorate this piece using attractive decors like pebbles and seashells.

3-tier plant holder for hanging plants

An air plant decor consisting of air plants, sea shells, mosses and pebbles. This decor gives a feeling of life under water.

Glass terrarium with pebbles and shells

Here, air plants are placed in glass jars. The color difference in filling gives this decor a classic touch.

Jars used as glass terrarium

Another table top air plant display. Its simple and easy to try out.

Metal stand for air plants

An air plant terrarium. The holes in the glass globe lets enough air inside for the air plant to flourish.

Teardrop glass terrarium for small plants

Air plant planted inside a shell. A cute idea to try at your home.

Shell used as a holder for air plants

Here, an array of air plants are simply placed in a table top stand.

Plant holder rack for display

In the idea shown below, the beauty of this decorative piece is enhanced by planting air plants of different colors on it!!!

NIce wood stand for small plants

Aquaponics systems that makes you self sustained for food

How to cultivate food for 7.3 billion world population is always a perplexing question. Total agricultural land is getting depleted and majority of population is depending on food cultivated by less than 5% of total population. More over in-order to maximise the production, farmers from under developed and developing countries are using pesticides and fertilizers beyond recommended limits. Some developed countries have already given green signal for Genetically Modified (GM) crops. This is leading to dangerous and non curable health problems like cancer.

Do we have a solution for this problem? Can’t we produce our own herbs and vegetables?  But in the absence of sufficient land space for cultivation, what can we do ?

Answer to all these questions is Aquaponics. It is a symbiotic system which is very common in nature. It uses both aquaculture, which involves growing and breeding of fish and hydroponics,(Here is 9 hydroponics systems to start indoor garden.) which is cultivating plants in water without soil.

The following are the best indoor water gardens available at Amazon:

Small Size
Medium Size
Large Size
Product
Back to the Roots Water Garden
AquaSprouts Black Water Garden
Ecolife Aquaponics Indoor Garden
Image
Water Garden, Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food, Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem (Great Gardening Gift & Family Project)
AquaSprouts Garden
Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade
Size
13.4 x 13.4 x 9.5
28 x 8 x 17
24 x 12 x 20
Weight
7.4 pounds
24 pounds
20 pounds
Small Size
Product
Back to the Roots Water Garden
Image
Water Garden, Self-Cleaning Fish Tank That Grows Food, Mini Aquaponic Ecosystem (Great Gardening Gift & Family Project)
Size
13.4 x 13.4 x 9.5
Weight
7.4 pounds
Medium Size
Product
AquaSprouts Black Water Garden
Image
AquaSprouts Garden
Size
28 x 8 x 17
Weight
24 pounds
Large Size
Product
Ecolife Aquaponics Indoor Garden
Image
Ecolife ECO-Cycle Aquaponics Indoor Garden System with LED Light Upgrade
Size
24 x 12 x 20
Weight
20 pounds

Lets take a look at the aquaponics cycle:

Aquaponics cycle diagram

As I explained before, this is a symbiotic relationship between fish, plants and micro organisms. Fish droppings contain ammonia, which is toxic for fish as well, if concentration exceeds beyond a limit. Plants cannot utilize ammonia as a fertilizer directly. But there are some micro organisms which can convert this ammonia to nitrites and then to nitrates. Nitrates serve as a good nutrients for plant growth and fish can live in this clean and aerated water.

A typical Aquaponics system block diagram:

How aquaponic system works

A grow bed is used to cultivate herbs and vegetables. This grow bed is used to culture micro organisms which then converts ammonia to nitrites and then to nitrates. You can choose the size of grow bed and aquarium depending on the quantity of herbs and vegetables you are planning to grow. If you choose a bigger fish tank ( mostly suitable for outdoors) you can grow different types of fish, that becomes a source of food as well.

What are the recommended herbs, vegetables and fishes for aquaponics?

The plants that can be grown in an aquaponics system are:

  • Leafy lettuce, Cabbage, Cauliflower
  • Herbs like Mint, Basil, Chives etc. Here is list a of 19 herbal plants which can be grown in your kitchen. You can also choose some herbs from this list for your aquaponics system after consulting an expert.
  • Veggies like Tomatoes, Cucumber, Peas, Beans  are also successful in this system.

Recommended fish varieties are:

  • Tilapia, very commonly available and used in aquaponic system.
  • Kio is best choice if you are looking for a colorful fish.
  • Salmon, Crap and Catfish , if you have a bigger fish tank and if you plan to use fish also as a food source.

Tip: Choose fish which is locally available so that it can withstand climatic conditions such as temperature and pH.

Also read about a complete list of plants and fishes recommended by Nelson Pade of Aquaponics.com

Aquaponic Systems and prototypes available in market:

1: EcoQube aquarium

This is a creation from EcoQube. They make small and decorative aquaponic systems for home, classroom and office space. The image shown below are white and black aquaponical systems from this company.

Decorative EcoQube fish tank

2: Neverland

The founders got this idea of using fish poop as fertilizer for plants, then they integrated this to their hydroponic system.

Poop from fish used as fertilizer

3: MarineLand

Aquarium with hidden filter

4: Prugna Wall-Hanging Fish Bowl

Wall-mounter planter with fish

5: Biorb Flow 30 Aquarium

Beautiful aquarium with LED

Reference:

  1. What is Aquaponics – from theaquaponicsource.com
  2. Evolution of Aquaponic – From Aquaponic Journals 2002 by Scott Jones
  3. For outdoor and large scale aquaponic cultivation, here is a patented Clear Flow Aquaponic system from Aquaponic.com | Nelson Pade. This package involves commercial & home food production and social mission.

Modern hydroponics systems for kitchen garden

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using nutrient solution without any soil. This technology will address many problems in the conventional methods, like depleting soil and water and lack of sufficient land area. Lets take a deep dive into some of readily available commercial hydroponics systems that will help you to start your kitchen garden.

Indoor hydroponics systems for small garden

Here are the best hydroponics systems that we recommend for different price points:

Best of the Best
Best on Budget
Best Middle Range
Product
AeroGarden Classic 9 Garden
AeroGarden Sprout LED
AeroGarden Harvest 360
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AeroGarden Classic 9 Garden, Black
AeroGarden Sprout LED - White
AeroGarden Harvest 360 - Black
Size
17.2 x 11.2 x 15
11 x 4.5 x 10
11 x 8 x 15
Weight
11.9 pounds
3.31 pounds
5.65 pounds
Best of the Best
Product
AeroGarden Classic 9 Garden
Image
AeroGarden Classic 9 Garden, Black
Size
17.2 x 11.2 x 15
Weight
11.9 pounds
Best on Budget
Product
AeroGarden Sprout LED
Image
AeroGarden Sprout LED - White
Size
11 x 4.5 x 10
Weight
3.31 pounds
Best Middle Range
Product
AeroGarden Harvest 360
Image
AeroGarden Harvest 360 - Black
Size
11 x 8 x 15
Weight
5.65 pounds

Other interesting systems:

Ivation Herb Indoor Garden Kit

Garden kit with LED and seeding box

Ideer Hydroponic Gardening Kit

Indoor gardening kit with grow light

The unit can be assembled and dismantled easily. So this small garden can be easily moved to a different place. It comes with nine holes, each can be assembled separately, to grow different herbs.

Ideer Hydroponic Gardening Kit with wooden frame

Gardening kit with bamboo frame

Go Grow Hydroponic gardening planter

This hydroponics system helps to grow fresh herbs and vegetables with no pesticides, herbicides or GM seeds in your living room or kitchen space. It saves 70% water and grows 50% faster and also gives you better yield.

Hydroponic gardening planter

Ikebana flower arrangement: 8 Unique styles

Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is more than just arranging the flowers in a container, it is an art. This art tries to bring together nature (heaven & earth) and humanity together, that is bringing humanity closer to the nature. This art is also known as kado (meaning way of flowers).

The word Ikebana means “giving life to flowers”.

Ikebana – An art or flower arrangement?

Any plant materials can be used for this awesome art form of floral arrangement. Most common materials are branches, leaves, grasses and flowers. Its beauty comes from color combinations, natural shapes, lines and total form of arrangement. So this art is more than mere floral arrangement. Ikebana is now getting more and more popular in western hemisphere as well. Every one is appreciating this form of floral arrangement, just like painting.

Small round flower vase

How is Ikebana different from flower arrangement?

Its asymmetrical form and use of empty spaces sets this apart from other forms of floral arrangement. You can feel a sense of harmony among the materials used in this floral arrangement. Its aesthetics share lot of common features from Japanese gardening, landscaping and paintings. Selection and arrangement needs an artistic touch with considerable skill to combine all materials into an enticing centerpiece.

Can I try ikebana as a home decor?

This art form is very much popular in Japan and that shows the Japanese love of nature. Japanese love for nature is visible in every nook and corner, be it in their homes or cars or offices, they always have some kind of natural decors which represent the beauty of nature. So the love of nature is like religion in Japan. This floral arrangement is one of the best decor to bring nature inside your home.

Ikebana and Buddhism: The spiritual line

We cannot neglect the spiritual aspect of ikebana flower arrangement. It helps you to live in the moment and to appreciate the materials of nature, which were seemed insignificant. You become more and more patient and tolerant to this nature and to other people. This is basic mantra that Buddhism teaches, which explains the direct relationship between Ikebana and Buddhism. This art form can ignite the artist in your and you will definitely start to love other forms of arts.

Ikebana styles:

  • Rikka Style

    This style is taught and practiced by Ikenobo School. Rikka is a formal upright style, which portrays the beauty of the natural landscape. It can be classified into two styles, Rikka Shofutai which is more traditional and Rikka Shimputai which is more contemporary.

  • Shoka Style

    Shoka is also practiced by Ikenobo School. It is a simple, graceful style suggesting the essential character of a plant as it grows in response to the factors in its natural environment. Though it looks very simple, it is one of the toughest ikebana flower arrangement. Similar to Rikka, Shoka can be classified into two, traditional shofutai and modern shimputai.

  • Shinka style

    Shinka is the modern style of Misho School. Basically Shinka is divided into two styles, called Moribana and Heika. Moribana use the wide and shallow vases as shown below. Moribana is also practiced by Ohara School .

Heika uses long and narrow vases.

  • Kakubana style

This style consists of simple and perfect geometric designs. The tallest branch represents heaven which is called Ten, medium one represents human beings which is called Jin and shortest one represents earth which is called Chi.

  • Free style:

Taught by Ryuseiha school and in this, the artist is free to express his or her individual personality. Moderns styles demand more flexibility and fewer restrictions, so that the arranger can express his or her feelings and emotions more freely. This style represents more flexible harmony between humans and natural things surrounding them.

  • Nageire style

Nageire is a non-structured arrangement of flowers. The stems are bundled together tightly to form a triangular asymmetric design. It gives more stress to the natural beauty of flowers and plants used in this arrangement. It is arranged more freely than the traditional rikka and shoka styles. Vases used for nageire are cylindrical, tall and with narrow mouth opening. It is composed of three main branches: shin, soe and tai. One of the main characteristics of nagerie is that one branch will hang below the mouth of vase and the other two will be upright, with one being tall and other a shorter one.

  • Morimono style

This style uses fruits and vegetables in addition to flowers and branches. Here you will get a tutorial on how to make an Ikebana in Marimono style : Marimono Fruits of passion from ikebanabeautiful.com 

Here are other useful references for Ikebana flower arrangement:

  1. Ikebana By Junko 
  2. Ikebana international
  3. Infographics from Yumi Sakugawa:

Planning to start a rooftop garden? Here you go…. [A step by step guide]

Are you lucky to have your own roof space? Then think about utilising this space effectively, how about a small roof top garden? Rooftop is an ideal location to have your own outdoor garden if there is no land space available. Here in this article we will walk you through how to create a roof top garden, what are the ideal plants for roof garden and benefits of having a rooftop garden. We will also suggest a few tips on how to care your rooftop garden and to make it a successful venture.

How to build a roof garden?

Lets take a look at the step by step method to create a rooftop garden.

Step 1: Before you start investing and making your roof garden, find out whether you have the right permission to grow your own garden in the roof. Also you need to check out whether the roof is capable of holding your roof garden. If needed, consult a structural engineer to do a stress test.

Step 2: Roof space should have easy access so that you can easily bring up the infrastructure for building roof garden. Otherwise it will be very difficult to setup and maintain your garden because garden needs frequent watering and caring.

Step 3: Choose a garden layout based on the available space and decide where you want to grow. Choose locations based on amount of sunlight, humidity and wind direction .

Step 4: Decide the herbs, veggies and fruits you want to grow. It should be based on the climatic region and easy availability. Do not choose a garden plant which is not suitable for your climate.

Step 5:  Get your garden pots or build your raised bed if you are planning to have the veggies and herbs in a raised bed.

Prepare a time table to water your plants and its good to create a wind shield if your region is having heavy wind blow. That will save your plants once it grows taller.

Reference:

Rooftop garden plants

Have you decided on which plants to grow in your roof top garden? Here we provide a list of plants and trees ideal for roof garden. You can grow any plants in roof top garden as it is just like any other outdoor garden. Roof space usually gets warmer very easily; so drought resistance plants are the best choice. If you are choosing plants which has extensive root system then consider making a raised bed instead of growing the plants in containers.

Image [Via: Contemporary Patio by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Siol ]

List of rooftop garden plants.

  1. Astilbe – An ideal plant to grow in shade, it grows relatively slowly. Its pinkish or crimson coloured flowers will give amazing appeal to your roof garden.
  2. Ajuga – An ideal perennial plant for ground cover for your rooftop garden.
  3. Lavender – Awesome choice for roof garden; which will give aesthetic appeal because of its colourful flower and nice smell in your garden which will attract flies and bees, the pollinators.
  4. Daylily – Its a very hardy and tough plant which can withstand draught conditions.
  5. Honey suckle or gold flame – Known for its fragrance and it can attract humming birds to your roof garden.
  6. Tulips and Hyacinth are best bulbs to grow in a rooftop garden. Needless to say, they will make your garden beautiful.
  7. Hibiscus and Rose are two easily available flowering plants to choose for your roof garden.
  8. Thyme, rosemary, cilantro and parsley are some easy growing herbs for a rooftop garden.  Here is a collection of 19 herb plants to choose for any small garden.
  9. Japanese Maples and Camellias are ideal shrubs for low sunlight spots of roof.
  10. Lemon, Olive, apple, pomegranate, guava and figs are fruits trees suited for roof garden.
Benefits of rooftop garden
  • Aesthetic benefits: Most of the contemporary garden designers prefer to have a roof garden. It gives an aesthetic appeal to your home. This is the best way to bring nature into your home.
  • Educate kids about the importance of plants and gardening.
  • Purify air by absorbing airborne pollutants and harmful gases.
  • Heat management inside your home by cooling down your roof during hot summer months.
Roof gardening tips:
  1. Soil: A good quality potting soil is a must for roof garden, since no worms are present to aerate the soil. Mix it with slow release organic fertiliser and Perlite or Vermiculite.
  2. Drainage: Choose containers with aeration and drainage holes. If you prepare raised bed for your roof garden, make sure you leave sufficient holes for air and water to flow in and out.
  3. Maintenance:  Since the roof gets warmer more easily and frequently, always monitor water requirement for the plants. Insert finger into top soil to check the dampness or use moisture monitor to measure it more accurately.
  4.  Layout: Choose layout for roof garden based on available space and type of plants. Some plants need more sunlight. So try to understand the plants you are going to grow in the roof and then finalise the layout.
  5. Wind Shield: Planting should be done after understanding the direction of wind. Plan to give wind shields to support the tall trees from toppling down.
  6. Accessibility: Layout should be chosen in such a way that all the containers are accessible for watering and maintaining. Avoid over cramping of pots, maintain a ratio of 1:3 for free space vs used space.

For an urban dweller, roof is the best place to enjoy gardening, since space is very much limited outside. Roof gardening is getting more and more popular precisely for this reason. Let us know whether this article helped you to get inspiration for starting your roof garden.

33 Weird flowers – Rare and Mysterious collections

I was really intrigued when I saw a monkey orchid in Singapore orchid gardens. Believe me, it was looking exactly like a monkey. I got really inspired after seeing that weird flower and thought of doing a research on various weird looking flowers. I got a huge collection of rare and mysterious pictures of orchids and other flowers.

If you are a nature enthusiast, you will really enjoy this collection of flowers. This collection includes various rare orchids, tulips etc. Some of these flowers can be grown in your small garden and it can be a decor  for your home.

Lets take a look at 33 of these amazing collection of rare and mysterious flowers: Here u get 30 exotic and colourful garden flowers.

1. Monkey Orchid

Scientific Name : Dracula saulii

This orchid resembles a monkey’s face and hence the name. The flower is white on the inside with a brown band on the outside. It grows mainly in cold weather.

Dracula saulii with monkey face

2. Hooker’s Lips

Scientific Name : Psychotria elata

The bright red color of this flower attracts pollinators like humming bird. Commonly found in the rain forests of Central and South America. The flower looks like a pair of lips in its budding stage before fully blooming into a flower.

Psychotria elata

3. Naked Man Orchid

Scientific Name : Orchis italica

Commonly found in the Mediterranean. The lip of this orchid looks just like a man and hence called Naked man orchid.

Orchis italica

4. Ice cream tulip

Scientific Name : Tulipa icecream

This flower definitely lives up to its name and looks exactly like a delicious ice cream cone. White petals are closely mounted against one another and form a central cone. Its visual appeal makes it a center-piece in any garden.

Tulipa icecream

5. Moth Orchid

Scientific Name : Phalaenopsis

This is the most common orchid variety due to its ease of production and the availability of blooming plants all year-round. Found in Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Southern China, the Indian Subcontinent and Queensland.

Phalaenopsis

6. Dancing Girls

Scientific Name : Impatiens bequaertii

Commonly found in the rain forests of East Africa. This flower is very small, about half inch in length.

Impatiens bequaertii

7. Laughing Bumble Bee Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys bombyliflora

Comes under bee orchid species. This plant is a native of the Mediterranean region. It’s named after the Greek word bombylios, meaning bumble bee.

Ophrys bombyliflora

8. Swaddled Babies

Scientific Name : Anguloa uniflora

The flowers of this orchid resembles babies sleeping in a cradle. Commonly found in parts of South America.

Anguloa uniflora

9. Parrot Flower

Scientific Name : Impatients psittacina

As the name suggests, this flower resembles a flying parrot. This plant is commonly found in parts of South east Asia.

Impatients psittacina

10. Flying Duck Orchid

Scientific Name : Caleana major

This bright colored flower is a native of Australia. The bright purple color attracts pollinating agents.

Caleana major

11. Tiger faced orchid

The center portion of this orchid flower looks exactly like the face of a tiger, as evident from the image below.

Flower with a tiger face

12. Happy Alien

Scientific Name : Calceolaria uniflora

This mountain plant is commonly found in the southern part of South America. Its combination of red, white and yellow colors makes it look like an alien.

Calceolaria uniflora

13. Angel Orchid

Scientific Name : Habenaria grandifloriformis

This flower is white in color and the arrangement of petals makes it look like an angel. Commonly found in the grasslands of Southern India.

Habenaria grandifloriformis

14. Dove Orchid

Scientific Name : Peristeria elata

A Native of Central America, the central portion of this white flower resembles a dove. Also called Holy Ghost Orchid.

Peristeria elata

15. Ballerina Orchid

Scientific Name : Caladenia melanema

This orchid exactly looks like a ballerina dancer. Commonly found in Australia.

Caladenia melanema

16. White Egret Orchid

Scientific Name : Habenaria radiata

This orchid flower looks like a white egret in flight. Found in China, Japan, Korea and Russia.

Habenaria radiata

17. Jewel Orchid

Scientific Name : Anoectochilus geniculatus

These are so named because of the stunning patterns and coloration of their dramatic foliage.

Anoectochilus geniculatus

18. Darth Vader Flower

Scientific Name : Aristolochia salvadorensis

This flower looks like the mask of popular Star Wars character Darth Vader and hence the name.

Aristolochia salvadorensis

19. Grey Spider Flower

Scientific Name : Grevillea buxifolia

This flower has yellowish and white petals, with stalks covered in reddish brown hairs. The arrangement makes it look like a grey spider. Commonly found in New South Wales in Australia.

Grevillea buxifolia

20. Sara Tree Flower

Scientific Name : Couroupita guianensis

Also known as Cannonball Tree Flower, this is a native to the rain forests of Central and South America.

Couroupita guianensis

21. Mirror Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys speculum

This petals of this unique orchid resembles a female wasp. Male wasps, thinking that the petals are a female, land on them and helps in pollination.

Ophrys speculum

22. Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchid

Scientific Name : Cypripedium acaule

This flower is commonly found in Canada. The petals are yellowish-brown to maroon in color with a large pouch that is usually a shade of pink. The pouch is prominent and gives this flower a lady’s slipper like look.

Cypripedium acaule

23. Lily-of-the-Valley Flower

Scientific Name : Convallaria majalis

Lily of the valley plants are one of the most fragrant and blooming plants in the spring and early summer throughout the northern temperate zone.

Convallaria majalis

24. Bird of Paradise

Scientific Name : Strelitzia reginae

Also called Crane flower. This flower is a native of South Africa.

Strelitzia reginae

25. Passiflora Violacea Victoria

This flower is purple in color with a dark center and white filament tips.

Beautiful purple flower

26. Paracaleana Nigrita

This flower resembles a bird in flight. Its a native of Australia.

Bird in flight flower

27. Fly Orchid

Scientific Name : Ophrys insectifera

This orchid flower looks just like a fly and so it is called fly orchid. Commonly found in Europe.

Fly-like orchid flower

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28. Skeleton Flower

Scientific Name : Diphylleia grayi

This flower is called skeleton flower because its petals turn crystal clear when they make contact with water. When dry, the flower is white in color!!!

Diphylleia grayi

29. The Bat Flower

Scientific Name : Tacca Chantrieri

This flower is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China. This flower is also called Devil’s flower, thanks to its devil like appearance.

Tacca Chantrieri

30. Ceropegia

Scientific Name : Ceropegia Haygarthii

The name of this flower was derived from the words ‘keros’ meaning wax and ‘pege’ meaning fountain. As the name suggests, this flower looks like a fountain of wax. Also called parachute flower or lantern flower. Commonly found in Africa, southern Asia and Australia.

Ceropegia Haygarthii

31. Jungle Night Flower

Scientific Name : Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

This is the flower of elephant foot yam or stink lily, which is a tropical tuber crop grown in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

32. Flame Lily

Scientific Name : Gloriosa superba

This flower, with its spectacular array of yellow and red colored petals, looks like a flame. Also known by the name fire lily. Commonly found in Asia and Africa.

Gloriosa superba

33. Jeweled Carpet Flower

The arrangement of petals gives this flower a jewel – like appearance and hence called so.

Flower with jewel-like appearance

Let us know which flower really amazed you the most. Share your valuable thoughts with us.

7 Moss garden ideas to bring nature inside home

Are you looking for ways to bring nature inside home and at the same time decorate your home? Indoor moss garden is an ideal option to try this out. Its green colour will entice your neighbours or friends and light up your home as well.

You probably love going into the woods to watch many trees covered in moss. Then you keep wondering how beautiful it will look to grow an indoor moss in your home. Growing moss in your garden or in a terrarium is the simplest and elegant way of creating a miniature forest. This will give your home a perfect natural decoration.

How to make an indoor moss terrarium

Making an indoor moss terrarium is a fun do it yourself (DIY) for parents and kids together at home.

Video courtesy: Yosun Teraryum yapimi

Here are few steps to follow:

Step 1: You can create an indoor moss terrarium with a clear glass container. Choose a wide and shallow one. A wide terrarium jar or mason jar with a lid is an ideal choice. The size is depends on space available, location and budget.

Step 2: Create a bottom layer with small rocks and pebbles. This helps for proper drainage and avoids creating a swamp inside the container.  Top the pebbles up with an handful of granulated charcoal. Collect it  from pet stores or aquarium stores.

Step 3: Once topped with granulated charcoal, you can then add a couple of inches of potting soil. Push down the potting soil to make a good base for moss growth. Mist up this soil with clear water using a mister or sprayer.

Step 4: Now top up the base with some tree branches, rotten barks or pine needles. Mosses love these and grows fast. Rough rocks are another option to grow mosses. Use your creativity and aesthetic sense to arrange all these to create a miniature woodlands.

Step 5: Collect sheets of mosses from neighbourhood woodlands if you have any. Don’t worry if you are living in an urban environment; look for some moss terrarium kits online. You can also buy moss separately from garden centers.

Step 6: Arrange the moss sheets on top of rocks, barks and sticks placed inside your terrarium. Press it firmly into rocks and soil to make sure it gets attached to those.

Tips:

  • Do not over water your moss terrarium. Always use a mister or sprayer to water your indoor moss garden.
  • Do not keep it under direct sunlight, some moss only needs few hours of sunlight for proper growth.
  • Moss doesn’t need any fertilisers.

It’s easy to nurture an indoor moss garden, since it requires little or no moisture and light.  However you must keep the surface of the moss moist for couple of days in a week. You may place the moss garden close to sunlight for two hours a day or place the moss garden under a fluorescent lamp. Make  sure this lamp stands at about 12 inches above the container. Check out Martha Stewarts story: Moss Gardens.

How to use moss as a decor?

When placed indoors, a moss can beautify and transform a home from within. There are various options available for decorating home using moss.

1. Table top moss terrarium

Having a table top moss terrarium can fill up your home with greenery; that too in a very limited space.

2. Moss wall decor

Making a moss wall is another time consuming but elegant option to decorate your living space. A lot of expertise is required to grow moss vertically on the wall. You need to limit the growth to certain area, instead it will grow all over your wall to create more mess.

3. Kokedama moss ball garden

This is another option to decorate home using moss. This is a form of Japanese gardening which adds beauty to your living room and at the same time, helps you to practice small gardening.

Beautiful plant with moss

4. Moss Graffiti

Doing art on the wall using moss is called moss graffiti. This is good option to try outdoor than indoor.

5.Floor decors using moss

Use creative containers to grow moss and place it as a decor on your pavement.

6. Zen Garden

Making a zen garden is another option to bring moss into your garden. This can be tried both both indoor and outdoor. If you would like to know more about zen gardens, check out our article: miniature zen garden inspirations.

7.Holiday decors:

If its holiday season you can use moss to decorate your home.

How to take care of moss indoor?

Moss is different from normal plants, thus they don’t need heavy watering.  They requires only moistening, and that too only a couple of days a week, to keep the surface of the moss wet. Make sure you do not expose the moss garden to direct sunlight. Some species of mosses need very little sunlight. Here you get a complete guide of growing moss indoor from gardeningknowhow.com.

Moss is quite inspirational, especially for those who appreciate the gift of nature. Moss does not grow rapidly and it can survive varying weather conditions on its own. A perfect choice for your indoor small garden!!!

Bonsai Tree Care – 8 Tips for Beginners (with infographics)

Are you confused about how to care and maintain your bonsai tree? Well, here in this article I  have covered the basic steps of bonsai tree care. If you are a beginner, then I am sure you will have tonnes of questions about how to maintain and care your beloved bonsai. I can tell you from my personal experience, you will be overwhelmed by the contents available in internet.

First of all, here are some of the most popular products related to bonsai care on amazon:

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Planters' Choice Bonsai Tool Kit - Includes: Wooden Rake, Long & Wide Spades, Scissors, Tweezers, Bamboo Brush, and Pruning Shears (Trimmer/Clipper) in Fabric Storage Holder : Bonsai Tools (Tool Kit)
Bonsai Tree Fertilizer 2.4 LB Jar -Tons of Micro Nutrients Vital for Bonsai Health - Slow Release- Apply Every 30 Days (All Purpose Fertilizer)
Bonsai Tree Soil by The Bonsai Supply, Super Sack! All Purpose Ready to Use Bonsai Potting Blend (5 Gallon = 20 Dry Quarts)- Pumice, Lava, Calcined Clay and Pine Bark Fines
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Planters' Choice Bonsai Tool Kit
The Bonsai Supply Bonsai Fertilizer
Bonsai Supply Bonsai Tree Soil
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Planters' Choice Bonsai Tool Kit - Includes: Wooden Rake, Long & Wide Spades, Scissors, Tweezers, Bamboo Brush, and Pruning Shears (Trimmer/Clipper) in Fabric Storage Holder : Bonsai Tools (Tool Kit)
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Planters' Choice Bonsai Tool Kit
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Bonsai Tree Fertilizer 2.4 LB Jar -Tons of Micro Nutrients Vital for Bonsai Health - Slow Release- Apply Every 30 Days (All Purpose Fertilizer)
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The Bonsai Supply Bonsai Fertilizer
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Bonsai Tree Soil by The Bonsai Supply, Super Sack! All Purpose Ready to Use Bonsai Potting Blend (5 Gallon = 20 Dry Quarts)- Pumice, Lava, Calcined Clay and Pine Bark Fines
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Bonsai Supply Bonsai Tree Soil

So here I  have tried to cover 8 basic questions that every bonsai gardener will have. This infographics will be a good reference for beginners. It gives you step by step instructions for beginners on how to grow and maintain bonsai trees.

Bonsai Tree Care Infographics

1. How and when to water my bonsai?

Understanding how and when to water a bonsai is the most toughest part of bonsai tree care. Each plant is unique and water demand is different. It also varies based on type of plant, location, climate in which it is grown and type of soil used. So as a good bonsai enthusiast, first step you should do is to try to understand and read the demands of your tree.

There is no strict schedule or formula for how often to water bonsai. You need to decide the timing based on the rate at which the top soil is getting dry. It depends on season, temperature, type of soil used and plant species. Plants need more water during growing season, demand will be less during dormant season. During warm and sunny summer season water will get dry fast, so plan to replenish more often. Choose a plant which can be grown in your existing climate. So don’t choose a wrong plant and you might end up killing them.

Techniques used to determine when to water:

  • Insert a finger to the top soil and check out the dampness of soil.
  • Second method is a scientific one. Get a soil moisture sensor from a garden store and use this to determine the moisture level.

Tips:

  1. Best time to water the bonsai tree is early in the morning when the sun is just coming up.
  2. During winter season, which is the dormant season for most of the trees, it is a good practice to water once in a week as the demand during this time is less. Overwatering during this time will lead to destruction of plant roots.
  3. During summer season, when temperature rises for a prolonged period, plants will shut off its respiratory mechanism to minimize the water loss. This period is known as summer dormancy, when plants stops growing to conserve water. So watch out for temperature outside before you water your tree during summer.
  4. If you are growing a bonsai indoor, humidity will be a noticeable factor. Humidity which is best for humans will not be suitable for bonsai. Its good to have mister or sprayer filled with water at room temperature. Apply them on the bonsai leaves at regular intervals.

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2: Do I need to use fertilisers for my bonsai?

Yes of course. Since the bonsai plant is growing in a small pot, it cannot spread its roots to gather all nutrients required. Its required to provide the essential nutrients for proper growth and health of plant. This is one of the fundamental steps in bonsai tree care.

Nitrogen(N), Phosphorous(P) and Potassium(K) are major nutrients required for any plants. Nitrogen is essential for proper growth and green colour of leaves. Phosphorous helps in root growth and potassium helps in cell regeneration, fruit and flower production. The ratio of N:P:K is usually decided by type of plant and season of growth.

Tips:

  • Fertilise during the growth season of plant for outdoor bonsai. Its good to fertilise indoor bonsai through out the year, but vary the ratio based on demand.
  • Buy fertiliser specific for bonsai plant from bonsai stores, instead of preparing by yourself.
  • To stimulate more growth use high nitrogen ratio, 12:6:6 is an ideal ratio for spring season for outdoor bonsai.
  • During summer the growth rate of plant reduces due to summer dormancy, a ratio of 10:10:10 is good.
  • During dormant season, reduce the nitrogen content; so a best ratio will be 3:10:10 for outdoor bonsai.
  • For indoor bonsai, a ratio of 10:10:10 is recommended throughout the year.
  • Never over feed the plant because it will have reverse effect and kill your bonsai.
  • Its a good practice to water the bonsai before fertilisation for uniform distribution of solid fertilisers.

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3: What’s the best temperature for my bonsai?

Temperature becomes a prominent factor for your indoor bonsai. Select a tree suitable for your climate and get rid of the implications due to temperature change. For example, attempting to grow a Japanese maple bonsai tree in tropical climate will be a disastrous. Here you will get a complete species guide from bonsai empire, so choose a right tree for your location.

Tips:

  • Check temperature and humidity at regular intervals. Change the location of indoor bonsai pot based on temperature. Move your indoor bonsai closer to window during day time so that it gets sunlight for at least 5hrs a day.
  • Outdoor bonsais also need optimal temperature. Based on the season, adjust the bonsai pot location so that it gets enough sunlight for its growth.
  • Avoid keeping in direct sunlight for prolonged periods during summer season. It will quickly lead to leaves turning yellow.

Find a list of species which can be grown indoors : Bonsai tree species guide for indoor and here is a list of bonsai tree for beginners from BonsaiMary .

4: Can I choose any soil for my bonsai?

Choosing the right recipe of potting soil for bonsai plant is a vital step in bonsai tree care and it is a much debated topic. The components for making bonsai potting soil mixture depend on various factors. You should consider the availability of soil components locally. Growing conditions i.e: climatic condition and  pH of the soil mixture is another factor.

An ideal soil mixture would be one in which all the ingredients will be of uniform size, so that it will help in quick drainage of water and proper aeration.

We need to understand the fact that there is no soil in bonsai soil mixture.  The components used to create a good potting mixture are, in fact, soilless. They are designed to provide an ideal environment for root growth. In fact the mixture used for bonsai potting doesn’t contain any nutrients. It can neither hold moisture for long time. This makes regular watering and fertilisation unavoidable steps in bonsai tree care.

Ideal bonsai mixture is composed of 75% inert aggregate and 25% organic material. Main criteria is that all materials has to be of uniform size. Clay is a good choice for organic material; some examples are Akadama, Kanuma and Turface.  River rock and fragmented granite form ideal non-porous aggregates; Haydite, Lava Rock, Permatil form ideal porous aggregates.

Tips:

  • All components need to pass through different sieves to filter out fine dust particles.
  • A neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.5 is ideal for bonsai potting soil.

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5: How often should I repot my bonsai tree?

Identifying the right time for repotting is important for providing a good growth environment. Most of the trees come out of dormant season (winter, for most trees) starts growing by using the energy stored in roots during dormant season. This is the right time for repotting.

How can I identify whether my tree is ready for repotting?

  1. Existing leaves will start becoming pale yellow and new leaves start to grow. This shows dormant season has ended and now the tree is going into growing season.
  2. Another prominent change we can notice is formation of buds on the stem. This is a sign of growth of new branches. There are four stages of buds in a typical deciduous bonsai tree. Winter bud, which is a tiny protrusion in stem. Then the bud starts to swell towards end of dormant season. Bud extension happens just by the onset of growing season. The last stage is bud opening which is clear sign of tree moving to growing phase.

Tips:

  • You need to take your bonsai plant outside with the help of a hook and start analysing the damaged roots. Cut down all damaged roots; which is known as root pruning.
  • Remove the old soil from the roots and move the plant to a new pot. As the plant grows, its recommended to use deeper and larger pots for bonsai.
  • You should provide higher nitrogen ratio fertiliser just after repotting. Plants start to grow extensively after repotting; which is the main purpose of repotting.

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6:  How to choose right pots for bonsai ?

Choosing a suitable pot for the bonsai plant is not an easy task for beginners. A pot with good reliability, effective drainage and suitable aeration is the ideal choice. A good harmony between pot and tree is a must for giving an aesthetic appeal to your bonsai art.

Pots made out of Bonsai-friendly clay mixture should be used, which available in markets. Pots made of ceramic, porcelain, concrete, metallic and plastics are available.  Here are some of basic guidelines given by Bjorn Bjorholm of Bonsai Empire.

  • Gender of the plant is important, firstly, you must decide whether your plant is masculine or feminine. In case of trees having both characteristics, then you need to identify which one is dominant. Feminine attributes are curves, grace, smooth bark and  few branches. Masculine traits are strength, old bark, deadwood, thick trunk and dense branches.
  • Size of pot is directly proportional to tree height and spread. If your pot is oval or rectangular in shape, then pot size should be 2/3rd of the tree’s height. Round or square pots should be  1/3rd  of tree’s height. A good height to size ratio is a must to maintain proper growth and stability of bonsai.
  • Design of pot is important to add extra beauty to your bonsai art. Choose a design which shows masculinity, if your tree is masculine dominant and vice versa.

7: How to save my bonsai from diseases and pests?

Prevention is better than cure. So lets practice some of the prevention steps so that bonsai wont be prone to diseases. Most important step is to provide enough sunlight, proper aeration and drainage of water. Fallen leaves must be removed periodically. Repotting and changing soil once in a year are some other precautionary measures.

Infected leaves are the first sign of attack by pests. Its a good practice to remove those leaves and affected branches using sterilised tools. Move the plant away from others if you have more than one bonsais in your garden. Always use sterilised tools while pruning and styling.

How can I treat my bonsai if I see it infected? 

  • Changing the growing environment is the first thing to try. This involves changing the location of bonsai so that it gets more air and  sunlight. Changing the composition of bonsai soil mixture is another way to change the environment.
  • If the bonsais are infected by pest, use biological alternatives to kill those pests. Using ladybugs will kill those pests; without affecting your bonsai.
  • Third solution is to use chemicals to wash away the pests by using a warm solution of liquid dish soap and water.
  • The last and final resort will be using pesticides to kill those pests. Avoid using high dose of pesticides.

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 8: Can I style bonsai by myself?

Yes,  you can style your bonsai by yourself. Styling involves pruning and wiring.

Pruning is the technique to get desired shape for the bonsai by cutting off the branches. There are two types of pruning. Maintenance pruning, which is to maintain and refine the existing shape of bonsai. Structural pruning is a more rigorous pruning technique to give bonsai its basic shape and style. Here is a detailed guide from Bonsai empire which explains how to prune the bonsai.

Tips:

  • Pruning should not be done during dormant season of plant. Maintenance pruning can be done throughout the year. Best time for structural pruning is during the onset of growth season.
  • Using the right tools for pruning is most important to get the desired shape and appeal to your tree.

How to prune a bonsai tree?

Prune the branches and shoots that have outgrown the desired canopy size and shape. Use twig sears or normal cutters to do maintenance pruning. To develop a dense foliage and to force an even distributed growth, prune the outer and top area regularly.  To get the desired style, structural pruning has to be done. Place the tree on a table at eye level and start removing the dead woods first. Take a look at your bonsai from a distance to check which branches and shoots doesn’t suit the style of your bonsai.

Wiring is the next step in styling the bonsai tree. This  technique involves wrapping copper wire around branches to bend and repositioning the branches.  This will help to get the desired style for your bonsai. Its a time consuming process and it takes months for the branches to grow in desired direction. After that, the copper wire should be removed.

Wiring can be done through out the year for most of the trees. During growth season,  the branches will grow thicker and faster and as a result, the wire will cut into the bark. When this happens, old wires and use new ones, if desired style is not yet achieved.

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Bonsai tree care is an easy, delightful and informative experience that requires no formal education. It is the first step in learning and growing the art of bonsai.

Lets make an orchid terrarium in 5 minutes

Which flower you like the most? If orchid is one of  your favourite flower, then lets make a beautiful orchid terrarium. Terrarium is miniature eco-system in a closed container.

The most popular orchid terrariums at different sizes and price points are:

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Large
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Bloomify Orchid Terrarium
Elegant Life Succulent Terrarium
H Potter Glass Terrarium
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Award Winning, Maintenance Free Orchid Terrarium — Psygmorchis Pusilla — Miniature, No Green Thumb Necessary, Great for Work, Home, Unique Gift! Restock Everyday
9.8 inches Handmade Glass Succulent Terrarium, Irregular Geometric Decorative Clear Glass Leak-Proof Pot Tabletop Moss Planter With 3pcs Planting Gardening Hand Tool Set (No Plant Included)
H Potter Glass Terrarium Wardian Case Succulent Planter Container for Plants Flowers Orchids Foliage and More WAR117
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2.8 x 2.8 x 4
13.8 x 8.4 x 7.3
14 x 9 x 20
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15.45 pounds
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Bloomify Orchid Terrarium
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Award Winning, Maintenance Free Orchid Terrarium — Psygmorchis Pusilla — Miniature, No Green Thumb Necessary, Great for Work, Home, Unique Gift! Restock Everyday
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2.8 x 2.8 x 4
Weight
1.2 pounds
Medium
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Elegant Life Succulent Terrarium
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9.8 inches Handmade Glass Succulent Terrarium, Irregular Geometric Decorative Clear Glass Leak-Proof Pot Tabletop Moss Planter With 3pcs Planting Gardening Hand Tool Set (No Plant Included)
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13.8 x 8.4 x 7.3
Weight
2.44
Large
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H Potter Glass Terrarium
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H Potter Glass Terrarium Wardian Case Succulent Planter Container for Plants Flowers Orchids Foliage and More WAR117
Size
14 x 9 x 20
Weight
15.45 pounds

There are many benefits of having an orchid terrarium. It helps you to grow and support your orchids for many years. It gives you absolute control of your small garden environment. Orchid terrarium brightens up your home and makes it easier for you to manage your plants. Here you get 30 exotic flowers to have in your garden, you can choose some awesome flowers from this collection for your terrarium.

Large glass terrarium with orchids

How to set up Orchid Terrarium?

Making a terrarium is easy and enjoyable hobby for entire family. It is an awesome idea for having your indoor garden and home decoration at same time.

Lets jump into action:

Step 1: Choose your glass container and make sure the glass is clear and large enough to support the orchid. If you are creative enough then choose a mason jar to create your own orchid terrarium.  You can buy decorative containers of various shapes from garden centers or online stores.

Step 2: Place some handful of rocks and pebbles at the bottom of the container. Make sure the container you choose have drainage hole so that it create a right green house inside. Otherwise high humidity will kill your orchid plant.

Step 3: Decorate the container using mosses and ferns. Use small tree barks to fill up the terrarium. Its good to leave half of the container empty because it gives enough space for orchid plant to grow.

Step 4: Plant your orchid inside the container, its good to have orchids with potting soil in its roots. So that it will get adjusted to the new environment quickly. If you are planting a new stem, then use good potting soil so that orchids get nutrients for initial growth.

Tips:

  • Choose a small orchid plant so that space inside the terrarium will be enough for growth.
  • Leave the aerial roots above soil, its absolutely necessary for orchid plant’s health.
  • Choose orchids which grow best in low light condition.

Plant terrarium with case

Choose your orchid for terrarium.

There are many species of orchid plants that can be used in an your terrarium. Some of the best and most preferable types of orchid plants for terrariums are:

  • Phalaenopsis or moth orchids
  • Vanda orchid or Singapore orchid
  • Slipper orchids
  • Cattelya orchids

The Phalaenopsis orchids are some of the toughest one that you can keep in a terrarium.  The plant grows quickly and fills the terrarium fast.  An ideal orchid to grow at any light level. They are the most aggressive orchid plants you can consider.

Tiny Phalaenopsis Orchid Terrarium:

Beautifully enclosed glass terrarium

Slipper Orchid Terrarium in Repurposed Vase:

Wall-mounted planter

Small wall-mounted planter

Angel shape hanging planter

The Miniature Orchid Terrarium

A miniature orchid Terrarium is most suitable for miniature orchids. These small orchids may not survive in large terrariums.  It can adjust to different light condition and  tiny environment. Miniature orchid terrarium is an ideal centerpiece to decorate your study table. This will bring nature inside your home.

Slipper Orchid Miniature Terrarium

Miniature glass terrarium

Cattleya Orchid Terrarium in Recycled Glass:

Small glass terrariums with rope

Hanging glass planters

Vanda Orchid Terrarium:

Persian violet in small terrarium

Orange Vanda Orchid Terrarium in Recycled Glass:

Glass terrarium with air hole

Moth Orchid Terrarium in Recycled Glass:

Small orchid in a closed terrarium

Geometric Orchid Terrarium:

Geometric glass terrarium

White Lady Slipper Orchid Terrarium:

Wall-mounted cylinder terrarium

Orange Lady Slipper Orchid Terrarium:
Miniature orchid glass terrarium

Celosia flower in a terrarium

What is orchid vivarium?

An orchid vivarium, simply put is an area or region comprising of several terrariums. The vivarium is normally enclosed and used for keeping several orchid plants at a time. A vivarium can be a single tank that can be kept indoors, or a large tank placed outdoors. The vivarium is used for several purposes, for instance, it may have dual entry points. A vivarium is to provide different habitats for different species and geniuses of orchid plants.  Orchids that may not survive certain lighting conditions or environment. These plants are raised and integrated into this environment. Many orchid plants can survive in a vivarium but not all orchid plants can survive in the same terrarium. The orchid vivarium is created using pebbles, soil and leaf litters. They may be more complex in nature than the single orchid terrarium.

Are you looking for for more terrarium options?  30 Succulent terrarium inspiration to try out for indoor small garden and home decoration.

9 Creative indoor bonsai styles for decorating home

Here we have an ancient Japanese small garden idea to decorative your home. Lets attract the attention of your friends by making an indoor bonsai.

Bonsai in Japanese means, “planted in a container” . It is an ancient art of making miniature trees for decoration. This is an amazing idea to decorate your home and, at the same time, pursue your small gardening hobby.

indoor bonsai

Image [ Via : Marufish : Flickr ]

Bonsai is an art of growing plants which require a lot of patience and time. It took 30 years to grow the 6.5 foot branch of this Juniper bonsai, at Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo. Photo by: Michael Bonsai

There is a misconception that bonsai plants are genetically dwarf plants. Bonsai is a technique which involve regular pruning, wiring and maintenance of normal trees, which are forced to grow in limited space. These indoor bonsais can be used as an awesome decor for your living room.

Bonsai Styles:

By proper pruning and wiring, this decor or small garden can be arranged in different styles. These houseplants need special care and maintenance. Let us discuss about various bonsai styles to decorate your home. These bonsai styles are generally miniature styling of common natural situation.

1. Slanting:

Slanting Bonsai style is also know as “Shaken“. Here, as the wind is blowing in one dominant direction or when a tree grows in the shadow and must bend toward the sun, the tree will lean in one direction. This effect is replicated in this bonsai style.

Image credit: Sage Ross, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Tree used here is white pine. Here, moss and clay  are used to hold the tree instead of using a container. The entire structure is fixed on a platform, so that it can be kept anywhere for decoration.

2. Wind Swept:

The Wind Swept bonsai style is a miniature form of a tree which is exposed to strong wind on top of a mountain or seashore. This elegant bonsai represents a tree with trunks and branches and is forced to grow in once direction due to wind.

Image credit: Satsuki Azalea (Rhododendron indicum) Satsuki Cultivar, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

This style is also called “Fukinagashi“. The windswept style represent trees struggle to survive severe and extreme conditions of nature.

3. Formal Upright:

Formal upright is the common style of bonsai. This style is also called “Chokkan”. As the name suggests, the bonsai plants will be pruned and wired to grow straight up.

Image credit: Tom Kehoe, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International

This formal upright type of bonsai is from a well known bonsai Artist Michael Hagedorn. Tree shown here is Cryptomeria, one of the unique and uncommon tree to choose for bonsai. Its about 1m tall and took around 20 years plus to maintain it like this. Hats off to this bonsai artist.

4. Informal Upright:

This bonsai style is also called “moyogi“, which resembles nature. Here the trunk of plant is forced to grow in a zig zag way by proper wiring to give a very natural feel of a tree with large shade area.

Image credit: PierreSelim, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

This bonsai is a 2011 Kokufu prize winning bonsai from Nippon Bonsai Association (NBA). They used Japanese white pine (Pinus parviflora ) for making this informal upright bonsai.

5. Cascade Bonsai Style:

This style is also called “kengai“. It requires extensive wiring and pruning to grow trees in cascaded form. Need special pots to support this heavy tree structure, so that its weight can be counter balanced.

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Here Pinus sylvestnis tree is used to arrange for cascade style and a special pot called tokoname pot is used to support the heavy structure. In this form, tree is forced to grow its trunk and branches below it roots.

6. Semi-Cascade Bonsai Style:

Semi cascade Bonsai style is also called  “Han-kengai“. This is slight variant of the cascaded style, where in the trunk and branches will be smaller. They will grow below the roots just like the cascade style.

Image credit: Roger Ferrer Ibáñez, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

Tree here is Pinus Mugo, 22 cm high, around 100 years old, collected in Switzerland, arranged by Walter Pall, and pot by Peter Krebs. The semi-cascade style, just like the cascade style, is found in nature on cliffs and on the banks of rivers and lakes.

7. Forest Bonsai Style:

As the name says, this bonsai will look like trees in a forest. It is with multiples trees and  multiple trunks. Forest Bonsai style also know as” Yose-ue“, which is a big landscape in small pot.

Image credit: Ragesoss, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported.

The forest style looks a lot like the multi-trunk style, but the difference is that it is comprised of several trees rather than one tree with several trunks.

8. Multiple Trunk Style:

This style is similar to forest style, but it uses the same tree instead of multiple trees. The Multiple trunk style will have more spread than forest bonsai style, and also possess height. This style is known as “Kabudachi “.

Image credit: Sage Ross, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

This awesome bonsai is of maple tree, which is so colorful and it can easily entice your visitors. The bonsai of this type is known as Japanese maple bonsai. It generally have 3 or more trunks.

9 .Literati Style:

This bonsai style is also known as Bunging, which replicate trees growing in sandy and barren areas, especially wasteland. The trunk is thin from bottom to top, the branches are thin and sparse, and the overall form is thin and wiry.

Image credit: PierreSelim, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

The image shown here is a juniper bonsai in literati style.

Check this out, if you would like know more about various bonsai types and styles, These  are styles which replicate the nature and adds decoration to your home. It need lots of time (mostly years) and patience to learn and make a bonsai. First step to that is to learn more about bonsai. Always choose a tree which can grow in your climate condition. Here is a good collection of trees which can be used for making different styles of bonsai.

Let us know which indoor bonsai style you like this most.