When I decided to write this post, I wanted to make sure I was using the correct term. As I researched online, I noticed that most people use conservatory and terrarium interchangeably. I searched for how to create a terrarium and stumbled across this from HGTV. It briefly mentioned that a terrarium is a mini ecosystem where the plant is planted directly into the soil that layers the bottom of the container. A conservatory, on the other hand, are just potted plants growing under glass. Also, I thought this here was very simple and informative.
Since this mini glass container we purchased came with instructions NOT to put any soil directly on it, I’m just going to grow various potted plants in it. I’ll call this our mini conservatory.
We have a bunch of glass vases so I will be creating a few terrariums. I’ll let you know how that goes when I get around to it.
It is very important to me that the plants I choose for the conservatory is very low maintenance. I shopped for plants that requires low frequency of watering and are very slow growing. Since the plant size is constrained by the size of the conservatory, a fast growing plant would require me to constantly trim it back so that it fits in the conservatory. That would be more work than I want. Also, all plants must have the same light requirement. Since I’ll be placing this by a south facing window, they will be receiving a lot of medium to bright light.