Are you looking to lighten your home? Terrariums are a fun and easy way to bring some of natures goodness indoors. Terrariums feature in our Indoor house plant inspirations post. Endlessly versatile terrariums fit in with any decor you may have. Originally developed in the Victorian Era they have been making a resurgence recently. Once you have them assembled, they are relatively low maintenance and look fantastic so it is easy to see why they are loved!
What is a Terrarium?
A Terrarium is usually a small enclosed glass environment. Rocks, decorations and other elements are added to create a suitable habitat for plants. Terrariums come as sealed or unsealed but mainly work the same way. The moisture from the soil and plants evaporate, this collects on the walls of the container and drips back into the soil. This process makes terrariums mostly self-sufficient they hardly need to be watered – if at all.
How to make your Terrarium
Select your Container
This is where you get to show your sense of flair. You need to select a clear vessel, this can be as simple as a mason jar or something more detailed like a geometric glass container. The hanging glass planters are a favorite right now but if you prefer straight lines, there are plenty of angled tabletop displays and come in an assortment of shapes, from cubes to diamonds.
Select your Plants
The container you select will determine some of the plant selection. Planters that are entirely closed will require moisture happy plants such as moss or ferns. Open containers can hold cacti, succulents, and other small house plants. The key is choosing plants that grow slowly, as to ensure they do not dominate the vessel.
Note: When selecting your plants, it is essential to choose ones with similar light and water requirements.
Open Container Plant Selection:
Succulents and cacti thrive in open terrariums. Household plants also do well in open containers and give visual contrast to the cacti and succulent. Air plants also make a great terrarium plant alternative, and you don’t need soil for your air plants to thrive.
Closed Container Plant Selection
For closed containers, you need plants that love high humidity, like ferns Watermelon Peperomis, Starfish Flower Cactus, Nerve Plant, Baby Tears Plant and Golden Clubmoss
Gather the rest of the materials:
- Pebbles or stones to allow for drainage
- Activated charcoal
- Potting soil
- Decorative elements like stones, figurines, or other inanimate objects.
Building the Terrarium
Just like creating anything, building a terrarium requires you lay the right materials in the correct order to ensure that the plants get the proper drainage and moisture to thrive in.
- Step 1: Place the pebbles or stones in the bottom of the container to allow for drainage.
- Step 2: Add the activated charcoal on top of the stones. The charcoal is there to stop mold from developing in the terrarium.
- Step 3: On top of the charcoal, you need to add an inch or two of potting soil.
- Step 4: Gently plant the selection of plants you made
- Step 5: Add flourishing touches – add decorative elements like stones, figurines, or other objects to suit your own personal style.
Here’s a helpful guide for how to make a terrarium from The Note Passer:
Don’t have time to source all your own materials not to worry; there are plenty of starter kits that have everything you need to create yours. There are also plenty of ready-made terrariums. Terrariums also make an excellent git for those short of space or plant lovers.
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