Terrarium Trimming

First, I want to apologize for disappearing briefly. Having missed a couple of days of posts due to a crazy work week which included some travel, I'm back and eager to talk about plants and the garden again. With temperatures expected to get into the 60's F for a few days later this week, I should actually have the motivation to get out into the yard to take some photos too.


But first, I finally decided to do something about the somewhat overgrown terrarium. Remember, I look at this every time I get on the treadmill, and it was really starting to bother me.

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The only thing I saw as a problem was the Echeveria:


It had formed so many offsets, and two of them were blocking other plants significantly:


Plus they were just out of scale with everything else, and looking fairly ugly from certain angles:


I decided that the two big rosettes in the front needed to be removed, so I got out the pruners and snipped them off:


Although that certainly made more room for the other plants, it left a lot of dead foliage very visible:


So I just pulled it all off. Not having any experience with Echeverias, I don't know if this was the right thing to do, but I suspect it was as I usually see these in photos with bare stems.


The leaf is perfectly blocking it... Here it is from a lower angle:


I suspect that more offsets may form now, but we'll see.

The terrarium looks much better now:


I expect the small offsets to start growing, now that they will be getting more light.

Plus now I have a couple of big cuttings to root:



Those will make impressive specimens on the deck this summer. I wonder how big they will get?


So now I can enjoy my exercise, unmolested by this terrarium task.


Just for fun, this is what the terrarium looked like when first planted three years ago:


A bit of a change, right?


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Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More)  – (February 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM)  

Alan, I don't think you can kill an echeveria, LOL. You did exactly what I would have done.

Lisa  – (February 17, 2014 at 4:56 PM)  

Those are hardy looking specimens! I love the "then" and "now" perspective on gardening. It happens so slowly that we sometimes forget where we started!

Lisa at Greenbow  – (March 2, 2014 at 8:42 AM)  

I think your pruning did make your terr look much better. Those big echiverias will look splendid on your patio. I think it takes several years for them to get impressively large. The largest one in my strawberry pot that I set out every summer is 7" across and it has taken it 3 years to get this big. What kind of grow light do you use in your terrarium?

Alan  – (March 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM)  

Lisa: these are just basic compact fluorescents -- probably "daylight" color temperature. I am looking forward to having these as potted plants this summer!

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