How to maintain the humidity in the terrarium

How to make a plastic bottle terrarium

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There's no need to buy a terrarium when you can turn what could end up in the trash into a project. An old plastic bottle can be a nice ecosystem for plants and an interesting learning experience for children. Terrariums increase the humidity around plants and can increase their growth. Layers of different materials are added to replicate the layers of soil and improve the water level around the plants. Plants in terrariums get most of their water from a reserve under pebbles. The water rises when the temperature in the terrarium warms up.

Clean your bottle under running water. Use hot water to scrub the label off your bottle. Use a towel to dry your bottle.

Measure 6 inches from the bottom of your bottle. Mark a line above your ruler and extend the line around your bottle.

Use scissors to poke a hole anywhere along the line. Cut the line around the whole bottle to remove the top.

Place about 2 inches of stones or pebbles in the bottom of your bottle. Excess water will drain into this area and then rise again when the temperature in the terrarium rises.

Add a 1/2-inch layer of charcoal over the pebbles to purify the water as it flows up and down between the reserve and the ground.

Place a 1/2 inch layer of moss over the charcoal to separate the soil from the rocks. Add enough soil to fill up to 1 inch from the edge of the cut bottle bottom.

Push six seeds 1/4-inch deep into the soil. Add enough water to moisten the soil. Place the top of the bottle over the bottom to hold in moisture.

Water your terrarium once a week to moisten the soil. Avoid the seedlings when they get their second row of leaves, leaving only two or three plants remain in the terrarium.

Things you need

  • 2 liter plastic soda bottle
  • Ruler
  • marker
  • scissors
  • Pebbles or stones
  • Charcoal
  • moss
  • ground
  • Plant seeds

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