I love plants and have a natural green thumb when it comes to the outdoors. It makes me feel so good when people compliment my gardens, as I take great pride in maintaining and caring for them. Houseplants on the other hand have been a slower process for me. I think it’s so fun to have unique and different plants in your home and I’ve always been intrigued by how to make a terrarium. I have come a long way from the bad luck I used to have with indoor plants and now enjoy thriving plants that are currently in my home.
Terrariums are miniature indoor gardens that you can make out of a glass bowl or container and a variety of different plants that are easy to take are of (low maintenance is key!). Adding a beautiful terrarium to your home brings some life from the outdoors inside and since they’re so easy to take care of, you don’t need to have the greenest thumb to do it. How to make a terrarium? Easy! You can buy them already made, but I find it hard to find them in stores, but it’s just as easy to make your own. The idea of making your own is better in my opinion because you can customize it to your liking.
An open top, clear glass container, fish bowl or vase (medium size)
Small rocks or gravel
Various small, low maintenance plants that won’t grow very big – ferns, mosses, cacti and succulent work best
1. Layer the small rocks in the bottom of the glass container. These will be used for water drainage to prevent plants from sitting in water. For better water absorption, sheet moss is a great addition after adding the rocks as well. Activated charcoal is sometimes recommended as well to mix in with rocks to help keep soil fresh and mould from growing if your terrarium doesn’t have proper drainage.
2. Next is layering the potting soil over the small rocks. You’ll want about 2 1/2 – 3 inches of soil depending on the size of your glass container.
3. Carefully remove each plant from their containers, starting with the largest, gently tap off excess soil, massage roots slightly, and use your finger to create a groove (or small hole) in the soil. Place the roots of the plant snuggly in the hole and cover roots with soil. Continue this for each plant, making sure to start at the back of the container and work towards the front. It’s a tight area, so you’ll need the room for your hands and placement.
4. Make sure to arrange your plants carefully and think about placement in regards to size and proximity to each other. You’ll want to leave a bit of room between each plant so they have room to thrive and grow.
5. The fun part! You can add decorations to your miniature garden to give it some character. It’s sort of like decorating a fish tank, but make sure the pieces you add can take the moisture without being damaged and don’t contain chemicals or paints that will harm your plants.
6. Lightly water your plants (a spray bottle works great for terrariums). Even medicine droppers work well because it’s easy to get in those hard to reach places.
7. Place your terrarium in warm place of your home that is exposed to indirect sunlight. Be sure to keep your plants away from furnaces or AC – the extreme heat or cold will likely harm them. I like to keep my plants in the corner of my living room where they receive indirect sunlight and are in a controlled, warm area.
*Water about once a week.
Enjoy your new terrarium! It’s a great addition to any living room, office, bedroom or kitchen. It’s also a great conversation piece.