10 Advantages of Terrariums
An iconic home decor staple of the 1970’s, terrariums are once again gaining popularity with homeowners, gardeners, and millennials. These self-contained, small-scale ecosystems bring a touch of nature and greenery inside homes and offices. Along with adding to the overall aesthetic of the home or office decor, there are many other advantages to having a terrarium garden in your space:
- Terrariums allow for easy, low-maintenance, indoor gardening. They bring nature inside which is a considerable benefit for apartment dwellers who might not have access to a yard or garden, and even business offices that lack windows. Also, terrariums allow gardeners to maintain plants all year long instead of taking a break during winter months.
- They are limited to a confined space. Outdoor gardens and flowerbeds often spill over their boundaries, and indoor houseplants slowly begin to trespass on neighboring spaces as they grow. As a gardener, this requires constant work to keep your plants in check. Being container based, terrariums are limited to the amount of space you give them, never intruding into areas not intended for them.
- The high humidity levels of enclosed terrariums mean you can grow tropical plants indoors, in spaces they may not normally thrive because of low relative humidity. This opens up a tremendous amount of possibilities for indoor gardening in terms of plant selection.
- Known for their low maintenance requirements, terrariums work well for people with busy lives or those that struggle to keep plants alive due to lack of care. They don’t require water often: enclosed terrariums only need water once a month or so, open terrariums need water slightly more often due to evaporation but not frequently due to the succulents typically planted in them.
- Terrariums are a great alternative to grow plants in low or no-light environments. If you are growing plants indoors with little access to natural light, rigging supplemental lighting can often be cumbersome or challenging, sometimes deterring people from trying to grow plants. The design of some terrariums allows them to easily accommodate a grow light, providing the light energy plants needs to grow.
- Indoors plants provide many health and wellness benefits to the people that are in the same vicinity. They are known to reduce stress, lower heart rate, and bring blood pressure levels to more normal ranges. Exposure to plants is also linked to decreased anger, a fall in tension and anxiety, a drop in depression, and increased energy levels.
- Speed up recovery and healing after illness or surgery. There is a reason why plants and flowers are gifted to patients when they are sick, or have been in the hospital. Research shows plants have many therapeutic qualities, physically and psychologically. Overall patients have less pain, which significantly reduces their reliance on pharmaceutical pain medications needed, in turn shortening the time needed for healing.
- Plants are known to increase productivity and creativity. Studies conducted within professional workplaces have demonstrated that adding one plant per square meter improves memory retention and increases test scores on basic tests. Proximity to plants is also known to shift your brain into a different processing mode, making you feel more relaxed and better able to concentrate.
- Through processes such as phytoremediation and transpiration, the plants in indoor terrariums work to purify the air and increase its relative humidity. Houseplants are known for their ability to filter out and reduce environmental impurities and toxins such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde, cleaning up the air. They also reduce overall carbon dioxide levels.
- Terrariums are a fantastic learning tool for kids and adults alike. These miniature ecosystems put science up close and personal for an audience, allowing them to closely watch how plants grow and how the water cycle operates through the system.
While there are many advantages to gardening in general, indoor gardening, and specifically indoor gardening with terrariums offer even more distinct merits for you. Choosing to have a terrarium in your home or office is a low-maintenance way to bring the outside indoors, providing many health and psychological benefits.