What is a Wardian case?

paul_(z5 MI)January 1, 2013

Wardian cases are basically fancy terrariums. 'Fancy' in the sense that they are made from cut glass panels of various shapes and put together like a stained glass window; usually with leading or the copper foil and solder technique. Some even have stained glass in them.

The original Wardian cases were for all kinds of plants -- mainly tropicals (including orchids). They are basically mini greenhouses or conservatories.

They may come in a variety of sizes from ones small enough to sit on a window sill to those large enough to require their own stand [like aquariums do]. Some even include in their design ways to exert some control on the environment [lighting, and air circulation, etc].

Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
What are some basic "DON'T"s?
Don't sit your terr where it will get direct hot sun....
Would a Bonsai survive in one?
In a sealed, low maintainence, terrarium? No. True...
What are some good beginner plants for a carnivorous plant [cp] terra
Probably the easiest are those that do not require...
What are some good beginner plants for an orchid terrarium?
There are actually quite a few candidates depending...
What is a terrarium?
According to WEbster: a vivarium without standing water In...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™