How do I create a CERA bottle garden? Step-by-step instructions for the CERA series
Before creating your first bottle garden, ask yourself: How much soil do I need? Which drainage is best? Are the plants starting to go moldy? How do you create the perfect ecosystem so that it works? We have made countless attempts to achieve the perfect service. And to make it easier for others, we've put together a set that, based on our tests, worked best. We would like to share this with you in the following guide.
Carefully pour in the lava gravel from bag A as drainage and distribute it evenly.
Distribute the activated charcoal from bag B evenly over the lava gravel.
Carefully fill in the plant substrate from bag C.
tip: Please use a pad, e.g. old newspaper, to prevent soiling.
Carefully and evenly compact the plant substrate by hand and then use your fingers to dig a planting hole (a total of 3 are required), which is deep down to the lava gravel.
tip: A sketch prepared beforehand for the arrangement helps.
Take the plant out of the flower pot by pressing it sideways and standing upside down and place it in the hole. Press carefully but firmly on all sides.
tip: Use the tallest plant in the middle as possible.
Analogous to steps 4 and 5, two additional holes are required for mini plants or moss, in which these can be inserted.
Then compress the plant substrate from all sides with your fingers.
Carefully place the decorative stone on an open area and press it lightly. If necessary, particularly tall shoots of the central plant can be cut off with scissors.
tip: For an even distribution, the mini plant, moss and decorative stone form a triangle around the middle plant.
Use a measuring cup to measure 100 ml of water with little lime (ideally rainwater) and distribute it carefully and evenly in the planter. Then close with the glass lid and set up in a bright but not sunny place (ideally north or east window).
Spread the decorative gravel from bag D on the visible plant substrate.
After about 2 to 3 days, the moisture is evenly distributed in the soil. Then open the jar again for approx. 24 hours until the superficial moisture has evaporated. Repeat step 10 if necessary (approx. 3 - 4 times) until the glass no longer steams up during the day. A slight misting in the morning is normal and shows that the biotope is working well.
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