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Terrariums January 10, 2007

Filed under: Flowers and plants — lauravw @ 8:21 pm

Maggie made some very elegant terrariums, what a nice idea. There’s advice and info here, and a set of pictures on Flickr here. Perhaps I should investigate doing something similar – we bought a pink cyclamen in November and it was so pretty, but now it is fading away and looking very sad. No matter what we do (more light, less light, more water, less water, plant food), it seems to get more and more unhappy. This is our second one, and possibly the last as clearly we’re not suited to looking after them. Any ideas for keeping a cyclamen alive? Perhaps the kindest thing would be to plant it outside? It’s not been terribly cold recently so I don’t think the period of adjustment would be too harsh.

What I can recommend is orchids – they are so pretty, the flowers last for such a long time, and they just seem to get on with things. We have two, and one of them has been with us for a few years now.  They are much better value than buying cut flowers.

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4 Responses to “Terrariums”

  1. fillyjonk Says:

    It may be humidity. Many houseplants that do poorly do poorly because it’s too dry in most houses for them.

    Texas A and M University has some information on cyclamens here: http://plantanswers.tamu.edu/publications/houseplant/houseplant.html

    An excerpt:

    “Cyclamen require full sunlight and a night temperature of between 50o and 60o F. They are heavy users of water and must be watered whenever the surface of the soil is dry. Flower buds will fail to develop if night temperature is too high or if light is poor.”

    There’s also a suggestion that it may be a good idea to repot them in the early spring…

    hope this helps.

  2. lauravw Says:

    Thanks so much for this advice Fillyjonk! (And what a nice Moomin name!)

    Sadly it is too late for our most recent cyclamen, but I want to get more in future as they are so pretty, so it’s good to know what I’m dealing with.

  3. aLex Says:

    My grandmother always had cyclamen in her house, and she told me never to water them on the soil on the top.
    I don’t know how often she watered her cyclamen, but when she did she would set the pot on a saucer of water so that the soil would get wet from the bottom up, through the hole in the bottom of the pot.
    It seemed to work for her!


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