Make an Indoor Water Garden in a Jar for Carefree Greenery
If you don’t have a green thumb, but want to decorate your home or office with some plants, it might be time to do some water sports. Aquatic plants can be an interesting alternative to potted plants, and you only need a jar instead of an aquarium. In other words, “jarrarium”.
Aquatic plants are good for indoor life because they don’t need a lot of light; they are already accustomed to murky waters. But you probably don’t want to set up a whole aquarium just because of the little greenery. Patrick Honan of Planthunter, an online plant magazine, suggests making an aquatic plant home in a jar.
(Of course, these types of aquatic terrariums are not new – we discussed similar designs on the site many years ago – but I love the simplicity of Honan’s tiny vessel and the aesthetic appeal of layered soil for a rooted plant.)
Proper soil cultivation can be a decisive factor. Honan offers you potting soil without the addition of fertilizers or large pieces of bark. You will also need sand or gravel to sprinkle over the top of the soil to prevent shaking the bottom layer of dirt too much. As for the plant itself, you can buy live plants from pet stores that sell aquarium supplies (of course, you can also buy live plants online ). Obviously common aquarium plants can become invasive weeds in Australia, so Honan chose something indigenous.
Depending on the size of the jug, assembling the jug may resemble building a ship in a bottle. You need to cut the roots of the plant, lay a layer of soil, please the plant, sprinkle it with gravel, and then fill it with water without accidentally mixing everything together. Read the complete guide to The Planthunter to get it right. Some people even add pond snails or freshwater shrimp to the mini-ecosystem to get rid of the algae. It just so happens that there is a subreddit dedicated to jarrariums if you want to dive deeper and find out more.
This is a bit more crazy scientist than just putting a few store-bought plants on his bookshelf – which is odd enough to be particularly adorable.