Creating a terrarium is a great way to keep a little green indoors. It’s not only beautiful to look at but requires minimal maintenance. Speaking of beauty, you’ve to see to believe the incredible terrariums created by Cida Rodrigues. Her arrangements inside the closed glass containers never cease to awe.
They’re not just plants in glass containers, but self-sustaining ecosystems. And there’s a wide variety to choose from. Cida uses different shaped glass containers and accessories that enhance the beauty of her terrariums.
On correiobraziliense, Cida explains, “After watering the inner walls of the pot, you shouldn’t irrigate the plant directly. You (need to) reach a point where the water evaporates and then condenses. At this stage, you can even see droplets on the glass walls. Hence, the water returns to the ‘soil’. It’s the water cycle reproduced on a smaller scale and thus it’s possible to keep the moisture in the vessel.”
Of course, not all kinds of plants lend themselves to be grown in a terrarium. The most suitable ones are the bryophytes, such as mosses, liverworts, and hornworts, since they love moisture and shade, and grow under artificial light. The other suitable plants include green moss, fluffy moss, photonics, and peperomia.
Cida came across terrariums when she was looking for a gift for her sister-in-law. The moment she set her eyes on them, she was totally smitten. What really impressed her, besides their beauty, was the ability of the plants in closed glass containers to sustain themselves with minimal outside interference. This motivated her to create terrariums of her own. Since then there has been no looking back.
Just to give an idea of how self-sustaining a terrarium can be, the oldest terrarium was created by an Englishman named David Latimer. He put some plants in a glass bottle way back in 1960 and last watered them in 1972! Of course, he meticulously regulated the light to allow them to grow evenly.
Cida showcases her vast variety of terrariums on her website that you can buy. It’s not surprising that she enjoys a fan following of over 100,000 on Instagram.