Thriving Tiny Ecosystem In A Sealed Bottle Hasn’t Been Watered In Over 40 Years

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Plants and greenery usually require multiple things in order to survive. Soil, air, water, and sunlight for example. However, there are some unique cases when that isn’t always true.

The small ecosystem you’ll see in this article has not been watered for over forty years! It has been sitting all that time in a sealed bottle.

Even though it hasn’t been watered in ages, it continues to thrive and grow!

How is this possible?

The story begins on Easter Sunday of the year 1960. On that fateful day, David Latimer planted a seed in a glass bottle out of pure curiosity.

What happened over the next fifty plus years has shocked not only David, but the entire world as well. He had no clue that the small seed would flourish into an entire ecosystem.

The last time Latimer watered the plant was in 1972! Nearly half a century later, the sealed bottle garden is still growing strong as ever.

How did this happen?

After initially putting some compost into the glass bottle, he used a piece of wire to carefully lower down spiderwort seedlings and then added a pint of water to get it started.

He then placed the sealed bottle in a sunny corner and let the magic of science do the work.

Other than the initial watering and the second watering in 1972, the bottle garden has been completely restricted from freshwater as well as carbon dioxide.

These are the two main requirements for successful plant growth! However, this plant has still managed to create its own self-sustaining ecosystem.

Through photosynthesis, plants acquire the energy needed to grow by absorbing sunlight. During the process, oxygen and water vapor are also created in the process.

The moisture then builds up inside the bottle and because it has nowhere to go – it’s sealed in, it “rains” back down on the plant. That sorts out the water element that the plant needs to survive.

For the carbon dioxide, when leaves fall into the soil, they are broken down and all the carbon dioxide and nutrients stored in them is absorbed back into the soils which in turn is then absorbed by the plant through its roots, giving it the carbon dioxide it needs.

David Latimer is now in his 80s and hopes to pass on his wonderful experiment to his children when he dies. Hopefully they will keep it safe and ensure it lives on forever!

British man grows garden in sealed bottle not watered in over 40 years


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