A Sealed Garden That Was Last Watered 46 Years Ago

Samuel Reason | September 23rd, 2018

One keen gardener was curious in 1960 and decided to plant a seed in a bottle which he promptly sealed up. David Latimer never thought he would be on to one of the first self-sustaining ecosystems, which has become an amazing case study for biologists around the world.

When you break it down, this plant was actually planted over half a century ago, yet continues to thrive and live without any issues. The last time the plant was watered was in 1972, but the sealed garden is as robust and lively as ever.


David actually planted the Terrarium in 1960 in the 10-gallon bottle, with a bit of compost and just a quarter pint of water. Then he simply sealed it tight and placed it in the corner of the room, in the sunlight, of course, allowing nature to do its work.

Photosynthesis allows moisture and oxygen to be created inside the bottle, essentially creating its own world. The moisture will eventually build up and rain back onto the plant. Leaves will also fall down and rot, which gives the plant much needs nutrition. A beautiful example of how mother nature survives no matter what the situation, and can sustain itself.

Larimer decided to open the bottle once in 1972 and that was the last time he watered it, 46 years ago. The sealed garden has actually been sat in the same spot for the last 27 years. This is pretty incredible as his techniques could be applied to NASA scientists, allowing them to grow plants in space.

The only needed component is light, and everything else is self-sufficient as long as you were able to add some water from the start. It is actually a zero maintenance experiment, that anyone can try safely at home.

Next Article
  • During Medieval England Woman Dominated The Brewing Industry

    During the 18th century if you happened to travel around England, then you will have come across an Alewife, there were several notorious ones such as Mother Louse. In fact, during this era, woman dominated the whole of the brewing industry. Also known as a Brewer or a Brewster, this historical term Alewife was used...

    Read More
  • Is It Opposite Day Or Do I Have Situs Inversus

    If you happen to suffer from Situs Inversus then you may believe you are constantly looking in a mirror or that opposite day is actually a real and true reality. But that would of course not be true, your organs are simply placed in a mirror image of what is the norm. An extremely rare...

    Read More
  • Prehistoric Armadillo The Size Of A Car

    When it comes to prehistoric times it really is as if every animal was bigger than its modern counterpart. Mammoths were bigger than elephants and sloths were even taller than elephants! Some researchers have even found alligators and crocodiles that grew to the size of a city bus. And this holds true for the armadillo...

    Read More
  • People Turning Into Real Living Statues

    For most people if you fall down or have a minor injury it is not usually a big deal, maybe a little a painful and that's all but this is not the case for everyone. Some individuals live in real fear of a small injury, this is known as Stone Man Syndrome. Every little injury...

    Read More
  • The Tuna Fish Is So Strong It Can Cook Itself

    There is one fish in the ocean that you may not want to come across on a day of ocean fishing. If you happen to be out on a boating trip with some deep sea fishing in the Atlantic then you could come across the warm-blooded Atlantic bluefin tuna. This happens to be one of...

    Read More
  • Radium Girls The Terrible Time Of Using Radioactive Paint

    Just about a century ago the rage was, of course, to have a glow in the dark watch, nobody could resist them. It was a novelty that was being marketed heavily and making watch companies millions, it was like any of the hot social media trends of modern times. They did not need to charge...

    Read More
  • The Terrifying Titanoboa

    In the dusty outback of Northern Colombia, deep in the Cerrejon about just 60 miles from the Caribbean coast, you will find one of the largest coal operations in operation. It covers an area larger than Washington D.C. and estimates advise there are regularly over 10,000 workers employed. The company that operates the mining, Carbones...

    Read More
  • Man Lands A Plane In Manhattan Street Twice

    Surprise airplane landings tend to always make headlines, especially in the streets of a major US city. I doubt anyone can forget Capt Chesley Sullenberger landing on the Hudson River in 2009? There was a long island man who once landed on Rockaway Beach in 2011 and a pilot who landed on a small Suffolk...

    Read More