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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Terrarium for desk

So I was at work and I got to thinking...

I'm not allowed to keep an aquarium at work. In fact we have lots of crazy rules I can however keep plants. I have a spot on my desk with room for some sort of vase/tray. It's about 10.75" inches from the top of my desk to the bottom of a shelf with a light underneath. The light is a 20W flourescent, so it's about 24" across. (You can see where I'm going with this, right? ) I'm thinking I could replace the cool white light with a 6500K one and put something underneath to grow plants.

Keep in mind:
  • It can't look in any way like an aquarium
  • It has to have an open top
  • I can't use anything electrical such as a different light or a fan
  • It can't grow mold (I have a pretty significant allergy)
  • I'm not looking to break the bank

I don't know a whole lot about terrariums, so I'm looking to you experts Do you have any suggestions? What type of vase or container should I use? What plants are cool that wouldn't require super-high humidity (since it has to be open top)?

Thanks in advance!
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African violets would be pretty. You can put a series of them on a tray in those little self-watering containers.


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Jenna, what containers? I'm not sure I'm picturing. Thanks!
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Hi pweifan - here are a few links to traditional pots and a fun one:

Third picture down from the top:
http://www2.fiskars.com/Activities/G...st-for-Grandma


http://www.flickr.com/photos/onewint...ry/2387126661/

I really can't weigh in on terreriums as I dont know much about them but african violets are beautiful and very easy to keep as long as their leaves don't get wet.


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Thanks, duff. Now I see what Jenna was talking about. That's not quite the direction I was looking to go. I'm picturing more of an open-top glass container with a variety of plants inside.
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I'd think any vase with a narrow opening at the top may keep enough humidity.

Maybe something like the last pic on this page http://bloggidyblogblog.com/we-are-seeing-green

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http://www.windowbox.com/terrariums.html

Is a top out of the question? A glass candy jar with a lid would be easy...
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Wow, that wardian terrarium is beautiful! Just too pricy. Not having a top is more around discouraging mold than anything else. I like the pictures of the tapered openings from the blog as well. My only concern with those is having enough room to get my hand in there and tweak things. I'll have to look around for items like that that are big enough to plant a variety of plants but aren't too expensive. Thanks ThinkTank!
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ACK! I didnt look at prices first - lol
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You could do a medium sized vase or bowl, or small tank with a bog-type inside, consisting of peat and spahgnum, and then plant carnivorous plants in it!
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what about this Cookie Jar Terrarium

You could do a couple and have different plants in each.


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While researching epiphytes, I came across a book review on terrariums. This pic made me think of your post. It has a bromeliad, some spanish moss, some true moss, (and a tiny felted owl!). The container was very open and accessible, almost a low maintenance dish garden:

http://gardentherapy.ca/wp-content/u...glass-bowl.jpg

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what about wabikusa/kokedama? If you keep the water level shallow enough, it could pass as a terrarium. Only thing is that you'd have to do weekly wc to keep the sand clean in the dish.

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I just saw the newer posts on here! Thanks guys, more info to look into I haven't taken action yet, because it looks like my desk arrangements will be changing in a few weeks. When things have settled down, I'll definitely be setting something up. In the meantime, I'll keep researching so I have a good idea of what to do.
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I would get a picture frame and put a picture of an aquarium in it. That would be my protest statement.
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I would get a picture frame and put a picture of an aquarium in it. That would be my protest statement.
I love that idea!
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