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Sands to Plant By

Amy Aiello

We plant our terrariums with sands, beautiful sands........not soil!

Soil is wonderful for pots, it holds moisture for plants in pots that dry out quickly. But, in a terrarium, potting soil can hold moisture too long and lead to mold and funk! And, for plants like succulents, soil is almost a sure way to rot them out.

 

So here's what we do:

We have found that in terrariums, planting in sands is beautiful, easy and successful! You can have multiple colors to plants in, layer with and blush (our term for dusting an accent color).

Garnet from India

Garnet from India

Planting: Using sands is simple and easy....remove only the extra soil from the plant and place it in the terrarium glass. Then, simply pour in the sand so that it comes up to the base of the plant. Now you can use other pebbles and colors of sand to create texture and dimension!

Monterey yellow sand

Monterey yellow sand

Watering: The sands are fine enough to hold water for the plants, but also dry out quicker than soil. This is ideal for plants like succulents that need to dry out in between waterings. We water succulents in the sands once a month.

For tropcial plants that thrive on more moisture we water once every two weeks.

Garnet Sand

Garnet Sand

Beauty: Not only are the sands easy, successful and practical, but they are beautiful!

When soils dry out they become exhausted, crusty and pull away from the edge of the container.

The sands give color to the landscape! Imagine creating a desert terrarium with warm reddish hues, or a forest terrarium with sparkling black sands.

Mineral grit

Mineral grit

People often come into the shop trying to wrap their head around the layering process of a traditional terrarium that uses layers of pebbles, charcoal and potting soil. The sands simplify the process of planting and give a lot of options for creativity. Whatever substrate you choose it's lovely to create a terrarium! Create and enjoy the process!

Good Earth Terrarium design

Good Earth Terrarium design

My Favorite Succulent: The Beautiful Haworthia

Amy Aiello

With a shop that specializes in terrariums, I have spent a lot of time finding plants that will grow well indoors, as well as successful in terrariums! Though I am delighted by many succulents, I do have my favorites.

I adore plants that are lovely as well as easy for people to grow. I often say that part of the joy in having a terrarium is being successful in growing the plants! In my book that means easy and forgiving!!

So, I would like to show you my fave, Haworthia.......

Almost all Haworthias are naturally adapted for semi-shade conditions. In the wild they are often found growing in the shade of bushes. For us this means that the somewhat lower light in our homes work well with these succulents!

This is Haworthia 'Zebra'

This is Haworthia 'Zebra'

They are striking, handsome plants that work in many designs. A real gem in the succulent world! They thrive in medium to bright indirect light, and in our shop grow successfully in the unique sands we carry. If you are putting them in a pot, my recommendation is cacti/succulent soil. Let them dry in between watering and you will be delighted and amazed by them!

 

For the love of stones...a poem.

Amy Aiello

152: Stone

Go inside a stone
That would be my way.
Let somebody else become a dove
Or gnash with a tiger's tooth.
I am happy to be a stone.

From the outside the stone is a riddle:
No one knows how to answer it.
Yet within, it must be cool and quiet
Even though a cow steps on it full weight,
Even though a child throws it in a river;
The stone sinks, slow, unperturbed
To the river bottom
Where the fishes come to knock on it
And listen.

I have seen sparks fly out
When two stones are rubbed,
So perhaps it is not dark inside after all;
Perhaps there is a moon shining
From somewhere, as though behind a hill--
Just enough light to make out
The strange writings, the star-charts
On the inner walls.

  ~ Charles Simic ~   (The Voice at 3 A.M.)

See Charles Simic read it!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/poetryeverywhere/simic.html