What is an ecosystem?
An ecosystem is a community of living and non-living things that relate or work together in an environment. In our terrarium, the living things are the plants. The non-living things are the soil, rocks, charcoal, water, air, and sunlight. Our terrarium imitates the real world by producing "rain" inside the container to help the plants survive. This is how it works:
- There is water in the soil, and the sunlight causes the water to evaporate.
- The evaporated water forms droplets on the sides and top of the container.
- Once the droplets get too big, they fall down back to the soil providing water for the plants to drink.
- The process repeats again.
Caring for your terrarium
Your terrarium contains living things- the plants. Just like a pet, you have to take care of it in order for it to survive. Terrariums are easy to care for, but in the first week, you need to keep an eye on it.
Watering your terrarium:
- During the first week, watch how many droplets form on the sides and top of your container.
- If there are a lot of droplets, you have watered enough.
- If there are a few droplets or none at all, spray the soil with more water until it is moist.
- If the soil is soggy, you have watered too much. Take off the lid and let the water evaporate for a day or two. Then put the lid back on and watch for water droplets.
- Prune the plants with safety scissors once they start growing too big.
- Rotate your terrarium once a week so the plants grow up and not toward the window where the sunlight is coming in.