Terrariums are an easy way to add life and beauty to any room. You can assemble them in minutes, or even make them yourself with a few items from the grocery store. They’ll look great for months.
Whether you’re a terrarium expert or just making your first one, here are six easy steps to follow again and again.
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Six Steps to Create a Terrarium
Step 1: Assemble materials
First, envision the terrarium you want. Where will you place it? What kind of plants are in it? What type of container will you use? Does it have a lid? Once you’ve got an idea, visit your local garden center to find many of the materials needed to make a terrarium.
You will need:
- Glass jar or bowl
- Activated charcoal
- Espoma’s organic potting soil or cactus mix, depending on plants
- Ornamental moss
- Decorative elements such as fairies, rocks, shells, or stones
- Small plants or succulents
- Watering can
- Espoma’s Indoor! or Cactus! liquid fertilizer depending on plant needs
- Optional: Tweezers
- Optional: Small sticks or bark
Step 2: Sand Layer
The first layer in your terrarium will be for drainage. Add about a 1-inch layer of sand, rocks or pebbles at the bottom. This ensures that water will not linger in the soil and will help to prevent root rot.
Step 3: Activated Charcoal Layer
Add about ¼ cup of activated charcoal to the terrarium to help keep it healthy. The charcoal helps the water stay clear of buildup and microorganisms that can grow on any living thing.
Step 4: Add Soil and plants
Add an adequate amount of soil for your plants. Dig a small hole to place the plant in. Choose a few standout succulents or add as many plants as you’d like. Make sure each plant has room to grow. Remember to leave some space to add in creative elements.
Step 5: Get Creative
Once your terrarium has plants, it’s time to add the finishing touches. Layer different types of ornamental mosses or decorative stones to enhance the look. If you’ve got fairy garden elements, add them in now. If you’re adding any pieces that you may have brought in from outside, make sure to rinse them off well first. You might find it’s easier to use a set of tweezers to place these pieces in smaller terrariums.
Step 6: Fertilize
Help your terrarium plants stay healthy and strong by feeding with the proper liquid fertilizer.
Enjoy! Switch up your terrarium whenever you feel like you need a change or new plants!