Whether or not you’re a fan of the plant side of TikTok, you may still have heard of the art of mini ecosystems.
Mini ecosystems are, as the name implies, basically tiny versions of real-life ecosystems; they're a container of elements including water, soil, rocks, plants, and often even living bugs. They’re usually created in a sealed container, and the result is like an artsy, homemade terrarium.
Not only do they make an intriguing piece of decor, they’re also a great way to observe plant growth—and you can easily create a thriving miniature ecosystem in no time. Best of all, they’re completely self-sustaining, which means you’re basically creating plant displays that don’t need to be watered.
Mini ecosystems are perfect for everyone from plant lovers to beginners alike (especially if you’re not a fan of watering, pruning, and fertilizing).
In order to create a truly self-sustaining ecosystem, there are a few essentials you’ll need. But every ecosystem is different, and they all grow in different ways. Even if you don’t add many extras, you might be surprised at how yours turns out.
One popular way to start an ecosystem is by using a large glass vase or jar (as long as it comes with a sealable lid). Clear glass will get you a good look into what’s happening in your ecosystem, while jars and vases are a good display option for using your ecosystem as home decor.
If you’re primarily looking to add a little greenery to your home, choose a container that you think is stylish—it can be pretty much any size. The larger it is, the more options you’ll have in terms of plants and plant growth.
Most mini ecosystems use rocks as a base layer for the ecosystem. This is because a self-sustaining ecosystem requires waterRead more on thespruce.com