I had been planning this project for quite a while. I wanted a way to showcase my lovely Jewels, and a terrarium seemed the obvious choice. I had read mixed reviews on how Jewels will grow in a terrarium so I decided to use an open setup, to allow for both airflow and a bit of extra humidity. I bought a second hand fish tank to use, but just didn’t get super inspired to set it up. But then I found this lovely glass bowl in the clearance pile, and inspiration struck!
I started with a layer of large pebbles covered with fly screen mesh (both from Bunnings) to create a false bottom. Then I used a layer of large(ish) charcoal pieces. For the substrate I used the Tropical Substrate from SerpaDesign on YouTube:
Next I had to figure out the placement of my wood pieces. I used driftwood pieces from Petbarn that were for a reptile enclosure… a bit on the pricey side, but I didn’t want to have to wait for an online order to arrive.
Next I had to start working out my plant placements. I had a bunch of Bottle Baby plants from Bunnings that had been washed, repotted and quarantined for a month (I didn’t want any external diseases/ pests to be able to harm the Jewels once they were added.)
I chose four of the healthiest plants for this project:
Choosing placement was a lot of trial and error. I used the tallest ones at the back, and smaller at the front, to complement the shape of the bowl.
Then it was time to place the Jewels! This was the most exciting part, as i could really see it all coming together. I used the same principle as for the other plants, placing the smaller/more creeping ones at the front, and the taller/more upright ones at the back.
I’m super happy with how this turned out. And the Jewels seem to love it too- they have all unfurled new leaves, and are busily working on their next ones, only 5 weeks later.
And for anyone wondering… here is a list of the Jewel orchids in here, clockwise from the top: