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#1 Calvary

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 07:27 AM

Hihi!

 

Today I figured I'd finally get around to doing a glass jar self-contained terrarium. As you can see, I've used a red-leafed Acer Palmatum which is commonly referred to as a Japanese Maple. Unfortunately even in its juvenile stage it's a little too big for the jar, I also worry that this species does not make for an excellent indoor plant. Nevertheless we'll see how it goes! I've actually got about ten of these babies potted up which I'd like to put in my garden. I've got my eye on one in particular that I'll be turning into a bonsai once it's bigger too.

 

I'll see if I can get a better picture once all the moisture has gone from the glass.

 

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#2 SpleenBeGone

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Posted 20 September 2015 - 10:02 AM

That looks pretty awesome.

How big is the jar? Glass jar bonsai would be neat. >.>


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Posted 20 September 2015 - 12:41 PM

Probably about 7" ish minus the lid? It's really pretty, used to hold pot-pourri in the lid but I took it all out. If it dies I'll put a smaller plant in there haha, maybe a little cactus or something.


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Posted 20 September 2015 - 03:12 PM

That's a lot bigger than I thought. 

I found succulent plants worked pretty good in my lightbulbs. 


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Posted 21 September 2015 - 11:33 AM

Good plan, I think if my Acer can't stick it in a little glass jar I'll try some little succulents like lithops or something.


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Posted 06 October 2015 - 04:50 PM

Any updates? 


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Posted 09 October 2015 - 02:38 AM

Yeah, I have no long term access to internet right now so I can't update but as I expected, the Acer is not best suited to the jar, a tillandsia or bromeliad would do much better.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 04:52 AM

Botanical note: DO NOT grow acers in glass jars.

 

Don't do it.


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 10:31 AM

:lol:

What happened? 


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#10 Calvary

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 12:39 PM

I went to my parents house on Friday, had a quick look and it is not well at all.  :(


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 12:43 PM

I feel like it's not big enough to be a size thing. Too much/not enough water or heat, maybe? 


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Posted 25 October 2015 - 03:15 PM

I think its due in part to drainage, perhaps not quite enough soil too. The Acer root system seems to be quite complex even when the sapling is so juvenile.

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Posted 25 October 2015 - 04:04 PM

I know it was on a smaller scale, but I found a layer of sand below the layer of soil kept things at about the right moisture level. 


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