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People have been growing plants in clear containers for at least 2500 years. The modern terrarium is a tightly closed, clear glass or plastic container filled with small plants. In the United States, terrarium culture is believed to have originated in New England, where housewives placed squawberry (partridge berry) plants in handblown glass bowls. (David H. Trinklein, MU Ext.)
As a child in northern New Hampshire, we always made terrariums, especially at Christmas time, and I can remember my grandmother fussing over the placement of the moss (among other things).
Over the years I've experimented with many types of moss and vines and I've found that some thrive more than others.
I consider myself a responsible steward of the land..therefore I selectively gather the moss and natural elements, with the majority coming from land that is slated for developement.
I'm offering a simple but classic terrarium kit with all the components needed for a healthy and beautiful terrarium.
1 new Libby jar, NOW AVAILABLE IN 2 STYLES**, including lid:
MODERN (27oz.) 4.25" high measuring 4.25" at the base and tapering to a 3" opening
APOTHECARY (31 oz.) apothecary jar that is 6" high and 4" around.
peat moss and soil mixture
wood knot or chunk to use as a vertical element
varied assortment of freshly gathered moss and lichen
partridge berry vine (of course!)
a tiny tree
Anyone who is old enough not to eat dirt and moss can make this terrarium. A thoughtful gift, they are fun and easy to make, not time consuming, and each finished terrarium will be unique.
Your terrarium will live for a long time with little to no maintenance.
Place it in a window and let it cheer you on the dreariest of days!