Over the past year terrariums have become a very popular home decor item. Whether it is an open or closed top, these mini gardens are self-sustainable environments for plants. The best part? No gardening experience necessary!
Before you get started you might be wondering what type of plants to use? Succulent plants work the best. These plants retain water and, outside of your local gardening centre, can be found living in humid climates; I’ve chosen a small cactus. Something to keep in mind is that you want to choose a plant that is small. You don’t want to over crows your terrarium.
This tutorial will take you through the steps to create your own open top terrarium.
- A glass vase
- Potting soil
- Succulent plant such as a cactus * keep in mind the dimensions of the top of your chosen vase. Don’t pick a plant that won’t fit!
- Decorative stones or pebbles (pet stores often carry a wide variety)
- Activated charcoal or carbon (this can also be found at most pet stores in the aquarium section)
* Drawing charcoal from your local art supply store can also be used.
1.Place approximately 1 cup of the decorative stones into the vase. This amount will vary on the size of your vase or vessel. I would recommend filling it to a quarter to one third full.
2. If you purchased active carbon from a pet store it will come in a netted bag. Cut open this bag and sprinkle the carbon over the stones in your vase. The carbon absorbs odor and will help in preventing mold.
3. Now it’s time to add the soil. The amount of soil you add will vary depending on the size of your plant you want to make sure you have enough to securely plant your succulent.
4. Plant your succulent into the soil and add enough decorative stones to cover all of the soil.
5. Add enough water to your terrarium so that your soil layer is wet. A great thing about terrariums is that they do not need to be watered very much [closed top terrariums never need to be watered!]. The tight environment in combination with the succulent plant and all the layers of components should keep your mini garden living on it’s own for quite some time!
Place your terrarium in a spot that gets sunlight and you’re done!
- Thrift shops are an excellent source for finding unique and inexpensive vases.
- Feel free do add a little décor to your terrarium. For example, a plastic or ceramic toadstool would add character to your mini-garden.
- Moss would make a great addition to your terrarium. Placed amongst your plants, it would add an extra woodsy feel.