Essay by Jrockjigganj21A+, November 2004

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Description of Terrarium

Container - I used two disposable cups to build my terrarium. I taped the cups together with scotch tape so it is air tight. I used a clear cup for the top so light can get to the plants.

Growing Medium - I used soil and fertilizer ( 20-20-20)

Seeds - I used seeds of hypoestes ( Polka-Dot Plant ). I planted about 4-6 seeds.

September 18, 2004

Today I planted my seeds, added my fertilizer, watered it so the soil is moist and then I enclosed the terrarium. There isn't too much to see at this stage of the growth process. The soil is pretty loose at this point and I'm thinking it will stiffen up as it goes along. A picture is included of this day.

September 21, 2004

It has been three days since I planted my seeds and I'm not seeing too much of anything, but I do see the soil becoming more dense by each passing day.

I do see a green leaf like object but I am not sure if it's the plant or just part of the soil or fertilizer.

September 23, 2004

I was right about the little leaf like object I saw. It is the plant and it is coming along nicely. I can see two little leaves so far. There is another little plant which can hardly be seen but it should be visible in the next couple of days.

September 27, 2004

There are two plants which are clearly visible and they are ever so green. I hoping they will stay green from this point on. I have to take it home this weekend and I am scared that the plants might not adjust to the different light and die out. I can also see two...