When I saw a DIY Terrarium on Pinterest I thought, “What a great idea for Christmas gifts! And so easy!”
Wow was I wrong!
- Terrarium – Before
I figured you just thew some rocks, soil and some plants in a glass container and the job was done! Not very pretty, is it? So here’s what I did wrong:
- My container was not big enough: there was not enough room in the jar to have a decent layer of stones, soil and plant life. I also got a lot of soil on top of the leaves, but it was too tight to get my hand in to brush them off.
- Wrong kind of soil: the succulents I bought from Home Depot should be potted in a catcus/citrus potting soil, not a flower potting soil.
- Too many plants: this goes along with the “my container was not big enough”. It’s hard to see in the photo above, but when I added the soil around the plants, it got all over the leaves, is uneven, it’s just a mess.
How to do it the right way:
What you will need:
- LARGE jar – get one larger than you think you need
- Decorative rocks
- Cactus/Citrus potting soil (if you’re using succulents – if you prefer to use ferns, average potting soil will work fine)
- Activated charcoal (this will prevent mold from growing inside your terrarium)
- Small paint brush
- Put a decent layer of rocks on the bottom.
- Lay a thin layer of soil on top and pat down.
- Lay the plants individually where you want them and arrange to taste.
- Pack in potting soil around the plants, covering the roots and soil that came with them.
- Using a small paint brush, brush any soil clinging to the sides of the container, and, supporting the leaves with your hand, brush soil off the leaves.
- Wet thoroughly with a spray bottle. Wait 10 minutes and wet thoroughly again. This will help the plants take root.
How did my new and improved method turn out?
- Terrific Terrarium (spoonful.com)
- Terrarium Tips from a First Timer (gustoandgrace.wordpress.com)
- Indoor Gardening Secrets of a Successful Glass Terrarium (gardeningindoors.wordpress.com)