When we think of gardens, or no longer gardens, but plants, we assume that they will need a series of care in order to grow and maintain themselves well. But what would you say if I told you that this is not always the case?
A man named David Latimer planted a seed in a glass bottle on Easter Sunday 1960. To this day, it is a garden that was last watered more than thirty years ago: in 1972 . How are plants still alive?
After pouring some compost into the globular bottle, Mr. Latimer inserted a Tradescantia seed with a wire and then watered it a bit. He closed the bottle and put it in a corner where it was very bright and… the sunlight took care of everything else.
As the seed germinated and the plant became stronger and stronger, its leaves have been able to carry out photosynthesis , obtaining food for it. This process generates oxygen and humidity in the air, a humidity that accumulates inside the bottle, which is once again received by the leaves. But no friends, this is not all.
In the same way that occurs in a temperate or tropical forest, the leaves that fall to the ground rot, thus releasing the nutrients that were used to make them . Thus, an ecosystem has been created that does not need any kind of care.
Without sunlight, none of us would be here, as there would be no plants to photosynthesize. It is amazing that Latimer, who is now 82 years old, has got a garden in a bottle, although more than a garden, it looks like a micro-jungle.
Without a doubt, this is a very interesting experiment, don’t you think?