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Pollinators in Mexico are declining due to human activities

A worrying loss of pollinating species is observed around the world. In Europe alone it is estimated that a third of the pollinator population is declining according to the European Red List.

This can have enormous repercussions for humanity, as it threatens the habitat that provides food and well-being for people, as well as the economic loss in rebuilding crops.

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According to a study in The Lancet, the complete loss of pollinators globally would put 71 million people at risk of vitamin A deficiency, important for proper vision, immune system, heart, lungs, and kidneys, which which would result in 1.42 million deaths each year from malnutrition. In addition, the world supply of fruits would be reduced by 22.9%, the supply of vegetables by 16.3% and the supply of nuts and seeds by 22.1%.

With a articulo published in the Mexican Journal of Biodiversity, three possible causes that influence the disappearance of pollinators in Mexico were identified.

  1. Deforestation leading to the loss of nesting and shelter sites.
  2. The poisoning of pollinators due to the pesticides used to defend crops.
  3. The increase in temperature as a result of global warming affects the behavior and survival of pollinators, and the flowering season of plants.

How to build your pollinator garden in glass terrariums

A strategy that allows conservation is the creation of pollinator gardens, which involve the planting of native plants with flowers that allow these animals to feed. Here is a list of the steps to create your terrarium:

Closing the Loop terrarium with succulents

  1. Choose the plants you want to include in your terrarium.
    1. The plants must be native to your locality. We recommend using purple lemon balm, rosemary, myrtle, succulents and lavender, but if you want to see more options, here we leave you a list.
  2. Disinfect a container with water and detergent.
    1. Use powdered soap instead of more aggressive disinfectants such as chlorine or vinegar.
    1. Metal is not recommended, as they contain ferrous sulfide that can leach through the water, harming plants.
    1. Preferably use glass instead of plastic, as it is a more resistant and easy to clean material.
  3. Place a layer of gravel or tezontle, which will help drain the water.
    1. Depending on the size of the container, the layer can range from 1 to 4 cm thick.
    1. This to avoid excess water which damages the roots.
  4. Pour the substrate.
    1. A mixture of different substrates such as peat moss, vermiculite, coconut fiber and vermicompost can be found at garden stores.
    1. The layer should be thick enough to cover the roots.
    1. Do not press the substrate, to maintain good aeration and filtration.
  5. Introduce the plants.
    1. Before transplanting them, you have to remove the excess soil from the roots.
    1. Plants must be placed apart from each other in order to grow.
    1. Make sure that the leaves and roots do not touch the walls of the container.
  6. Keep plants healthy
    1. Water when the soil is dry. To have better control of the water, you can use an atomizer.
    1. Place the container in a place that receives enough light, but avoid direct contact with the sun's rays to prevent the temperature inside from rising too much
    1. Remove dry leaves, both from inside the container to avoid moisture, and from the plant to keep it healthy.

Ready! That's how quickly you can create an ideal terrarium for pollinators. Closing the Cycle offers conditioned bottles designed to function as terrariums from recycled containers, but in case you cannot do it, in your store there is also a variety of terrariums with succulents made with recycled glass. Similarly, if you consider that plants would grow better in pots, there is the option of cut glass bottles that fulfill this function.

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