Choosing plants for the florarium (part 2)
Most often, a classic sphagnum is chosen for florariums, creating a dense and very bright coating. But wet florarium is suitable for mosses of different species, which can be found in any pet shop and department for aquarium owners, and the choice is not limited either by the degree of “curliness” or by color (except for classic greens, you will even find mosses with “metallic” effects). But it will be possible to grow mosses in the florariums only if constant humidity and rather damp conditions are maintained in it. It is also advisable to use acidic soil, which must be poured over a common substrate. But mosses are perfectly combined with most other hygrophilous plants.
The most striking in terms of the colors of the patterns is the appearance of decorative and deciduous plants for florariums. Crotons to most gardeners are known as rather large plants, but in addition to varieties with massive leathery leaves, there are more compact varieties with narrow and finer greens (the name of such varieties almost always contains “dwarf”). The color does not suffer from a decrease in size: bright yellow, red, orange in a variety of variations of spots, veins and “washouts” turn each plant into a colorful color miracle.
A charming representative of ancient walkers, famous primarily for its compact size. But for the florariums, selaginella is ideal not only because of the ease of control: it adores high humidity and only in the terrarium fully reveals its beauty. Openwork and dense at the same time, its greenery looks filigree and fascinates with its complex structure. And against the background of decorative soil, the beauty and shape of the selaginella are revealed from a completely new perspective.
They boast an enviable variety. If the most popular species are “reconciled” with room conditions, the more rare species require a very specific environment. And the easiest way to grow capricious orchid species is in the florariums. Of course, you can mix orchids with other plants, but most often they are grown either in the company of brothers, or in splendid isolation. Florariums with orchids are called in a special way – orchidariums. They require the installation of life support systems, heating and ventilation, but few other landscaping methods can compare with them in prestige and beauty.
They are often called the main tiny decoration of window sills and are usually associated with potted culture. But they also look great in florariums, where stable conditions of moderate humidity make it possible to achieve a unique plentiful flowering. And their touching flowers, in the company of stone chips, decor, and other plants, all seem like a precious accent.
Unlike alocasia, this plant looks very friendly. This bushy miracle, unique in its unpretentiousness in florariums, loving stable moisture, is rightfully considered one of the best decorative and deciduous species. For florariums, ground cover species of Fittonia and the most compact varieties are used. The soft, velvety, somewhat reminiscent of mint, oval-ovoid leaves of Fittonia are decorated with a thin pattern-network of colored veins that turn each plant into a luxurious decoration of any florarium. Playing on the texture, fittonia blends perfectly with decorative materials, with other plants with simple coloring of leaves and decorative elements. And several different varieties of Fittonia in one florarium look amazing at all. This is the main plant for playing with tissue effects in wet florariums. But it has a drawback – Fittonia will need regular access to fresh air.