Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Create a Terrarium

You can easily make a terrarium for your home, just follow these simple steps.
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Gather your materials.
Suggested supplies:
  • Glass container
  • Variety of small plants (2-4" pots) – compatible to your container
  • Screen
  • Gravel – small pea-sized stones
  • Activated Charcoal Pieces – found at garden center. Charcoal helps drain your terrarium since there is no drainage hole and also prevent fungi.
  • Potting soil
  • Decorative Moss

For desert terrarium:
  • Succulents
  • Desert sand
  • Brush

Clean glass terrarium container with glass cleaner.
Cut screen, using base of container as a suggested circumference.
Pour gravel into terrarium.
Pour in charcoal and place screen on top of charcoal.
Keeping plants in their containers, arrange plants until your desired look is achieved to determine how you want to plant them.
Take plants out of their containers, using your hands make holes in the soil for each plant. Place plants in holes. Cover and smooth out soil around plants.
If using decorative moss, first moisten moss, making sure to push excess moisture out. Stretch pieces of moss, without breaking apart and place around plants.
Place your new terrarium in a location suitable for the type of plants you choose and enjoy it. You can easily change them or add new items as your mood and seasons suggest.
For your desert terrarium, follow the same steps as above but you can leave plants in their containers if you prefer; hide pots under sand, gravel and rocks. For ours we just used fine desert sand. We used a paintbrush to brush off excess sand to tidy up our terrarium.

Caring for your terrarium – Terrariums are living but do not need much to be cared for. Give your terrarium plants indirect sunlight (depending on the type of plants you selected), spritz with water as needed; they thrive in a damp environment much like a greenhouse but don’t require as much water as regular plantings, occasionally fertilize if plants look withered and make sure you provide your plants with good air circulation. You will want to occasionally prune plants back, due to their close living quarters.

Let soil dry out between watering your succulent plants, they do not require much water and generally thrive in sunny locations, just be sure their leaves are not getting burnt by the sun.

Terrariums will thrive without much work, much like your outdoor plants living in their natural environment. 

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  1. LOVE the container!! Any way it could be found online?

    1. Hi J.K. You can find the containers here: http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/shop/home-garden/gardening/600554.html

  2. I remember when terrariums were very popular (in the 1970s) and my mom had a big one designed by one of the florists in a nearby city - complete with little miniature ceramic gnomes and animals. We were completely fascinated by it!


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