Cloches For Indoor
Canada Blooms 2013
Glass cloches with plants and flowers appeared to be a popular item at Canada Blooms 17th annual flower and
garden festival. They were incorporated in floral designs based on this year’s theme “Magic Of Spring”.
Cloches provide outdoor plants, such as seedlings, protection from the colder temperatures in the
Spring. They can also be used to protect tender houseplants that benefit from humid environments. Cloches are
usually bell shaped and come with a base but there are different kinds like one above with a flower in
There is something intriguing about plants in a terrarium or glass cloche. As I look at them I imagine a
miniature world safely enclosed within. My experience at Canada Blooms this year inspired me to create my own
miniature garden under glass, seen in the picture below. Within the cloche there is an orchid, a maiden hair fern,
a baby’s/angel’s tears and an ivy.
How To Create A Miniature Garden Under A
1. Select a cloche suitable for your planting project. I choose a medium
cloche for four small plants. A cloche can be used for a single potted plant.
2. Choose plants that are suitable for a humid/moist environment and tend to stay
small in size. I choose an orchid, a maiden hair fern, a baby’s tears and an ivy.
3. Place rocks on the base for drainage.
4. Take plants out of their pots and put them on top of the rocks. Remove excess
soil and roots from the plants to help fit them within the cloche. I didn't require extra soil for planting.
5. Carefully place the cloche over the plants, trying to keep the soil and leaves
within. Water using a stick to guide the water around the cloche within.
6. Put the cloche near a bright window with very little direct sunlight. Long
periods of exposure to direct sunlight may cause the leaves to burn and cause the temperature to become too warm
within the cloche.
7. The cloche helps retain moisture keeping the soil moist longer than regular
potted plants. Water once every few weeks.