Do you feel like you have the complete opposite of a black thumb? Gardening isn’t everyone’s forte — we all want to have gorgeous fields of flowers, but in practice, plants take work to maintain. Here is how to make a terrarium.
How To Make A Terrarium
Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to bring some greenery into your home … without having to water it everyday by building a terrarium. The best plants for terrariums are Succulents, cacti, and tropical plants are low-maintenance plants that can thrive in terrariums, which are glass containers that are basically like aquariums for plants. You can use almost any clean, clear, glass container to house your terrarium, ranging from a mason jar to an old coffee carafe. Place a terrarium on your coffee table, in your windowsill, or in a shaded spot outside!
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There are two types of terrariums:
Open and closed terrariums. Open terrariums are great for desert plants and hardy herbs, including succulents, cacti, thyme, and sage. Closed terrariums function as small greenhouses, so they’re ideal for tropical plants like mosses, orchids, and ferns.
Here’s what you need to make your own terrarium:
- Open glass containers (for closed terrariums, you also need a lid)
- Activated charcoal (also known as activated carbon)
- Potting soil
Once you have your materials, follow these basic steps to terrarium. Remember: you can get as creative as you want with your materials and design! There are many terrarium ideas!
- Layer the pebbles along the bottom of your container to help with drainage.
- Layer the activated charcoal over the stones.
- Add a layer of potting soil about 2” deep, depending on the size of your container.
- Make small holes in the soil for your plant’s roots. Arrange your plants in the soil from largest to smallest.
- Mist the sides of the jar with water. If this is a closed terrarium, close the lid.
Have you ever made a terrarium? What plants would you want to put in your masterpiece? Let us know in the comments below!