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Terrariums are lush, enclosed, miniature landscapes. These living ecosystems are completely self-sustaining when properly designed and executed. Terrarium builders and hobbyists choose themed landscapes with specific plants in mind such as orchids and bryophytes for tropical terrariums or cacti and succulents for desert landscapes. Terrarium wood provides these exotic landscapes with an organic matter upon which plants can grow and thrive. They are also visually appealing when placed asymmetrically in a desert landscape or horizontally in a rainforest scene. Bryophytes and orchids thrive on driftwood and dried cactus wood as well as firewood. These pieces of carefully placed wood are also home to sphagnum and other mosses that contribute to the terrarium's lush interior.
Orchids and bryophytes are sustained by light, porous wood draped with rich moss and other decaying materials that provide sustenance. Over time, the wood itself will slowly deteriorate and provide nutrients to tropical terrarium life.
For desert landscapes, sandblasted wood's smooth surface invites intriguing juxtapositions with blooming cacti and rough sand. A particularly impressive piece of smooth, gnarled wood can provides a focal point during non-blossoming seasons. If the sandblasted wood is not an option, smooth driftwood can also make a similar impression.
Other terrarium landscapes include pond-like ecosystems that feature hardy, dark wood branches with rugged and rough textures. These textures are complemented by soft mosses and ferns. Some terrariums even include a cycling water feature. Landscapes such as these require water-resistant wood pieces like cedar or redwood.
When choosing wood for your terrarium, ensure that the wood has been thoroughly cleaned and is contamination- and parasite-free. The wood you choose becomes an anchor to the ecosystem that you create. A poorly chosen piece of wood can spell the end for a terrarium. To prevent this kind of demise, choose nurseries and other garden centers as a source for wood. The driftwood, sandblasted wood and firewood found in these locations are terrarium-safe.
Terrarium Wood is Favored by Reptile Owners
Terrarium Wood encourages plant growth.
Loved by many reptiles
Adding wood gives a natural visual appeal to a habitat. It also offers reptiles (such as snakes and lizards) a place to crawl. Terrarium Wood will come in a variety of sizes and shapes.