DIY: How To Make A Terrarium

DIY: How To Make A Terrarium

Looking to brighten up your office or home but looking for a plant that is low maintenance and easy to care for?  A DIY terrarium is just what you need, not to mention they’re fun and super easy to make!

Materials:

  • Glass jar or bowl
  • Rocks, stones or gravel
  • Activated charcoal
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Potting soil
  • Various small plants
  • Decorative figurines/sticks/rocks

Instructions:

1. Cover approx 1/2 – 2″ of your jar with rocks or pebbles. This will act as a drainage system for water to settle and not drown your plant.

2. Next add a layer of activated charcoal. This will keep the soil fresh and prevent mold and bacteria building up.

3. Place a small layer of sphagnum moss on top of the charcoal. This will act as a filtration system and stop the soil falling through the charcoal and pebbles.

4. Begin to add your potting soil. I like to do this slowly by adding half the amount first then the rest later once your plants are in place.

5. Starting with the largest plant carefully brush off the loose soil around the roots and dig a small hole in your terrariums soil and place inside. Add a little extra soil if needed to cover the exposed roots.

6. Continue with the remaining plants adding soil where necessary. You may need a small spoon to do so as it becomes quite fiddly.

7. Once your plants are potted add in your miniature figurines, rocks and twigs and you’re done!

 

Tips & Tricks:

  • Keep in a well light room but avoid direct sunlight. Direct sunlight will heat and scorch the plants.
  • Water using a spray bottle so as not to over water. Depending on the type of terrarium you decide to make some will require more water than others. If you are planning on making an open terrarium water once per week.  A closed terrarium will almost never need watering. However, if you notice water droplets dripping down the glass leave the lid slightly ajar to evaporate.
  • Prune dead or overgrown foliage to prevent rotting.

Have a terrarium? Share a photo in the comments!

MCD xx

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