How do I create a JAR bottle garden? Step-by-step instructions for JAR series
Before creating your first bottle garden, ask yourself: How much soil do I need? Which drainage is best? Are the plants starting to mold? How do you create the perfect ecosystem so that it works? We made countless attempts to achieve the perfect conditions. 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.
Tip: Hold the glass vessel at a slight angle and let the gravel slide down the side wall to avoid the risk of breakage.
Distribute the activated charcoal from bag B evenly over the lava gravel to prevent mold.
Carefully fill in the plant substrate from bag C.
Tip: Please provide a document e.g. use old newspaper to prevent contamination.
Carefully and evenly compact the plant substrate by hand and then use your fingers to dig 3 small plant holes (for 2 small plants and moss) on the edge of the glass, which are deep down to the lava gravel.
Tip: A sketch prepared beforehand for the arrangement helps.
Take the plants out of the flower pot by pressing them sideways and standing upside down and place them in the holes. Press carefully but firmly on all sides.
Tip: Put the tallest plant in the middle as last as possible so that there is plenty of space in the glass for your hands.
After the smaller plants and the moss have been planted on the outer walls, a hole is now dug in the middle and the tallest plant is placed there. Then press / compress the potting soil on the edge of the glass with your fingers. The middle of the vessel thus represents the highest point on a hill.
Carefully place the decoration stone on an open area and press it lightly.
With a soft cloth (e.g. handkerchief) carefully clean the inside and outside of the glass from earth and dirt. The leaves of the plants can e.g. dirt can be removed with a small brush. Possibly. particularly high shoots of the middle plant can be cut off with scissors.
Use a measuring cup to measure 100 ml of water with little lime (ideally rainwater) and distribute it carefully and evenly in the glass. Then close the jar and place it in a bright but not sunny place (ideally north or east window).
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 this process 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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