Casey’s Garden Shop teaches terrarium techniques | Local News
BLOOMINGTON – In some ways, plants and glass go very well together.
That’s part of why Casey’s Garden Shop in Bloomington hosted a terrarium workshop on Sunday afternoon. The $ 25 course included a 6-inch bowl, three starter plants, soil, stones, and a decorative figure.
Their senior partner for the houseplants and tropics section, John Fegan, was on hand to guide people along the way to go green with a new plant project.
He explained that plants prefer drainage that allows water to flow through the soil, while still providing good air circulation to the roots.
“So putting in a glass bowl, even if it creates a lot of moisture, isn’t really the perfect situation,” Fegan said.
To set yourself up for success, he said you can start with a small layer of gravel which provides a “safety layer” and a little more air circulation.
“On the plants, if we ever put too much water in the bowl, they won’t stay in that water so the roots in the soil don’t suck up excess water,” Fegan said.
Next comes a large layer of soil, he said, and that’s when you can decide whether the terrarium will be viewed from one or more angles.
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“This way I’m going to set up the terrarium so that there is a little more background and foreground,” he said, “so, we have our soil at the rear and a little lower at the front. “
After that he said it was time to select your plants that will look great together in the terrarium. The course had succulents available, like peperomia. He said they need a lot less water than tropical plants, but they can also be more difficult.
“It’s a really nice setup for a display, but unfortunately when you’re making succulents in a terrarium it’s really hard to keep up with long-term,” Fegan said, “just because succulents need to. so much bright light to keep their dense and colorful shape. “
Then there were tropical plants, such as aralia, or English ivy, which were offered to the participants.
“They come in many shapes, sizes and colors,” Fegan said. “They generally like a little more humidity and therefore keeping them in a terrarium works very well.”
Anna Robinson, from Bloomington, signed up for the workshop. She said it was really nice to learn how to take care of terrarium plants by placing pebbles under the ground and decorating them.
“I hope it stays alive long enough that I can successfully replant it,” said Robinson.
Tiana Noud, a finance major at Illinois State University, also completed the course. She said it was really cool to get your hands dirty and build your own terrarium.
“I put a van in it and then I got some black rocks and put some sand in there,” Noud said.
She added that the workshop was very refreshing for a Sunday.
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