I’ve talked about the importance of indoor plants before and I’ve got some ferns in my bathroom as well as a small collection of succulents in various containers (including a giant tea-cup!) but I’ve always wanted a terrarium or two to add to my collection. So, I decided I should make some for myself and share the process with you all at the same time, so here we go – my DIY terrarium guide!
It’s important to note that there are two different types of terrariums – open ones that are best suited to cacti and succulents and closed ones that need plants that suit high humidity scenarios. Today I’m talking about the open kind (which I believe are the easiest to keep alive!). So, lets start by gathering the necessary supplies!
You Will Need:
- Small pebbles or rocks
- Activated charcoal
- Potting mix (a blend formulated for cactus & succulents)
- Plants of your choosing
- A glass container or two
It’s best to get a container with as large an opening as possible to allow air-flow, so be careful of fishbowls and the like. Op-shops and discount stores are excellent places to a variety of containers for nice and cheap, so that would be my recommendation!
Now, how to build your DIY terrarium!
- Start with a thick layer of the pebbles
- Spoon over a layer of the activated charcoal
- Top with potting mix
- Position your plants so they not only look good, but have plenty of space around them to grow and have air circulate around them
- Dig small holes and pop each plant in, loosening the roots first and pressing down gently
- Top with a small sprinkling of water
The pebbles and charcoal are there to aid with drainage as there is no hole in the bottom of the containers, and succulents aren’t a fan of getting ‘wet feet’. It’s therefore important not to over water them either, small amounts every now and again is your best bet rather than a heavy drink.
Make sure to choose species that like the same light conditions too, you don’t want one that needs lots of sun and others that prefer low-light otherwise you’ll struggle to keep them all happy! Don’t forget you an also re-grow succulents from cuttings (which is what I have done in the smaller terrarium I made), so you don’t need to buy new ones every time you make a new terrarium.
I love that you can use containers of all sizes to make them, and they make excellent presents as well, so I can see myself making lots more terrariums in the future! These ones have pride of place in my loungeroom though!