Pedagogy of the Plants

Moss Terrariums

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This first go at moss terrariums follows a tutorial by a Brooklyn based terrarium store.  Inspired, I hiked along a stretch of railroad that runs through Whitehall Forest, harvesting verdant rugs, small chunks of pink and greyscale granite,  and parched epiphytic aliens.

The simple tutorial fails to include instructions and tips for anyone interested in creating lasting enclosed microenvironments.  After a week, the apothecary terrarium above is growing a white, moldy beard from the sphagnum layer.  While troubleshooting, I discovered some comprehensive websites dedicated to the natural art beyond home decor trends.  These are the best so far:

The Fern and Mossery

The Terrarium Man

The next batch will include a layer of activated charcoal to absorb any toxins, cleanse the water as it travels up and down, and (hopefully) stem mold growth.

Written by Cameron Brooks

February 4, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on TheForeverRemember.

    TheForeverRemember

    February 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

  2. So cute! 🙂

    twistedsistersdesign

    February 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  3. just saw this in the recent lowe’s creative ideas magazine and it mentioned using activated charcoal! very nice!!

    christine

    February 4, 2012 at 9:58 pm


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