Intro: Full Spectrum Carnivorous Plant Terrarium in an Old TV
This is a great use for all the old TV's we all have to get rid of daily. Depending on your local recycling laws, it is getting more difficult to get rid of old technology, so why not try to re-purpose as much as possible?
We find old TV's really great sources for large PCB's and internal gizmos that are great for art projects and the remaining shells are light, durable, very well ventilated and level bottomed which makes them great for terrariums for plants or reptiles. Check out what we did with this old 1997 RCA TV!
Step 1: List of Needs
Any old plastic TV
Potting supplies for you individual plant choice. We are reproducing a bog type setting for our carnivorous plants and will be using clay pots and sphagnum moss.
Basic hand tools
Basic Cutting tools
Safety Gloves and Goggles
Step 2: Completely Remove All the Insides of the TV
The shell is generally just a few screws to remove to expose the insides. You will find it more empty inside than you would expect for a large object. The weight is usually the old tube/screen combination and once removed you are left with only plastic.
Give it a good scrub with some hot soapy water.
Step 3: Size Your Pots
Work with empty pots and plan your plant layout. Remove all protruding plastic pieces inside the shell being careful to leave the parts that attaches the shell part together.
Step 4: Cut a Hole for Your Grow Light
A hole saw on a cordless drill makes easy work of this.
Make sure the hole is big enough to let all the light in, but still have a ridge to support the mounting of the light. THE LIGHT SITS ON TOP in order to give a bigger light spread and allow plants more room to grow.
Step 5: Zip Tie the Grow Light to the Vents on the TV
Step 6: Make Any Adjustments
See what you think about the layout and light spread. If your happy, the hard part is over...whew, that was easy right!?
Step 7: Soak the Moss
Place well soaked moss on the bottom of the drainage saucer and and fill with water
Step 8: Add Plants and Decoration
We found some pine branches, pinecones, and tree barks to add to our terrarium to reconstruct what a bog floor would look like in the wild.