Jincy Varghese from Thazhathe Kootu, Vennikulam, creates vegetation that makes nature green inside glass jars. The moss and fern crushed on pathways turn into beautiful figures in new shapes and look inside glasses. This is called a terrarium that turns into micro forests on our tables.
Once you plant these small green shoots, there is no need to open the lids even for watering. A cyclical process resulting from evaporation and concentration creates a unique ecosystem inside the glass jars. A unique feature of terrariums is that they don’t require as much care as potted plants. “Once the green is caught, it will go on without a care, ” Jincy states.
Terrarium was first introduced by the English doctor Nathaniel Bagshaw in 1842. Tropical plants such as fern and moss are most suitable for terrariums. Micro creatures like Springtails, Isopods are also deposited inside terrariums. Many factors could negatively affect terrariums, such as fungus or excessive heat.
Jincy creates her terrariums using imported foreign glass jars that range from three inches to more than one foot. Rocks are initially placed inside the jars, and plastic paper with holes is placed. Marble pieces, charcoal, and specially made soil using coco peat are used while planting. Small rocks can also be used while adding tiny houses, benches, or animal sculptures will add more originality to the terrariums.
A beautiful garden will be visible after we clean the sticky mud and particles from the jars. Each jar is constructed across a period of two to three months. This time is for stabilizing the temperature inside the jar. Half of the terrariums were sold in different parts of Kerala. As soon as it reached online as ‘Microforest,’ the demand significantly increased. Several purchasers, including actor Anoop Menon, have placed terrariums in their living rooms.
Jincy worked as a nurse in India and abroad for over 15 years. She returned to Kerala in 2021 after resigning from her Saudi ministry of health job. She also runs a ‘Sugar Studio’ shop, which focuses on baking and custom cakes. Jincy’s husband, Jubin Jacob, supports her in all activities.