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This Garden In A Bottle Hasn’t Been Watered In Over 40 Years

In 1960, amateur gardener David Latimer planted a seedling into a large glass terrarium on Easter Sunday. He watered it again in 1972, and miraculously has not touched the bottled miracle since!

David placed the glass terrarium near his window and claims that the plant likes to grow toward the light. Every so often he will turn the plant, so the species inside can grow evenly. He claims he’s never had to prune the plant and has not bothered watering it since 1972. The species he planted is known as a Tradescantia, a special indoor variety of Spiderworts which is a type of crawling Ivy.

Terrariums have been around since the invention of glass. The way a terrarium works is that the glass traps in light and moisture, creating a small water cycle, similar to that on earth, where water evaporates, rains, nourishes the earth, then evaporates again.  The plant inside Latimer’s terrarium survives on its own, as it has created the perfect cycle within its containment.

Plants are proficient environment cleaners, so whenever Latimer’s plant decays, it replaces it’s own carbon and releases additional oxygen within the glass enclosure. Photosynthesis is at its perfection, and there’s no telling just how long Latimer’s plant will last.

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