How To: Make a Terrarium

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Terrarium for a friend with succulents: black prince, violet queen and zebra plants.

A Terrarium is a miniature indoor garden contained within a clear container which has been around since the mid 1800’s.

How to make a Terrarium

Ingredients

Any clear glass container: fish bowl, vase, jar (note: containers used with a glass cover need less watering)
Gravel or Pebbles (using coloured stones gives a great visual)
Sphagnum or Sheet Moss (omit if you can’t source)
Potting Mix (I prefer indoor potting mix)
Plants (I prefer cacti or succulents due to their hardy nature)

Method

  1. Ensure you thoroughly wash and dry the glass container (and cover if used) you will be using for your terrarium.
  2. Place a layer of the gravel/pebbles on the bottom of the container which is done to ensure adequate draining occurs when the plants are watered.
  3. Place a layer of sphagnum or sheet moss to stop potting mix from trickling through to the bottom of the glass container.
  4. Place a layer of potting mix which is damp on top of the moss.
  5. Arrange the plants within the potting mix in a visually pleasing manner.
  6. Arrange a thin layer of gravel/pebbles on the top to ensure the plants and potting mix is stable.
  7. Place any accessories you like such as rocks, shells, small statues as decorations on the top.
  8. Place terrarium in the home/office/business within indirect sunlight. Turning the terrarium every so often ensures the plants grow evenly. Prune periodically ensuring all the dead leaves are removed and the height and width of plants remain at optimum level so they don’t overcrowd the container.
  9. Water weekly. I suggest a spray bottle used over the plants to ensure they aren’t over watered.  If you are using a lid on your container ensure the plants are completely dry after you have watered them before replacing the lid. Fertilise with a small amount of water soluble fertiliser once a year (spring is the best).

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Make sure you purchase sustainable and environmentally sourced ingredients and support your local businesses too.

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(C) T. Altman 2016


Disclaimer:  The information presented here is taken from my own personal experiences and are to be used as a guide only.  Please take into consideration, any medical conditions such as allergies before attempting.  Permission to reprint any information or photos on this blog must be obtained by the blog creator (altman.tina@yahoo.com).

Featured Image (C) T. Altman 2014

 

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