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Do you want more green plants inside your home, but don’t have space for regular-sized planters? We have a cute alternative – terrariums! Not only are they a pretty sight, you can also put them anywhere; from shelves, coffee table, to the kitchen counter!
Terrariums are easy to make. And the best part? They’re very low-maintenance.
The first step you need to do is to get some clear glass containers. You can buy terrarium containers but recycled items make equally beautiful containers. Not to mention they’re cheaper, if not free. These can be anything such as beverage glasses, aquariums, jars, pitchers, teacups, even a light bulb!
Next – the plants. You can choose from the many, most commonly used terrarium plants but basically any plant that’s small and doesn’t grow too tall will work. Be sure to group your plants according to soil, water and humidity requirements. For instance, cacti go well together with succulents while ferns should be placed together with tropical plants.
Here are some of the most common terrarium plants:
- Golden Clubmoss
- Variegated Spider Fern
- Black Mondo Grass
- Starfish Plant
- Nerve Plant
- Asplenium Bulbiferum
- Strawberry Begonia
- Air Plant
- Minimus Aureus
- Moon Valley Friendship Plant
Now terrariums are really no different from regular gardens (except that terrariums are easier to maintain). They also need proper drainage and the appropriate soil – the proper substrate, in short. Rocks serve as the drainage so it’s usually the first one to go inside the container. Some people put sand first though it is optional and more for aesthetic purposes.
The second layer would be your activated charcoal. However, this is only really needed if your terrarium is a closed/sealed container. Activated charcoal prevents microorganism buildup and keeps air for your plants clean, thus making your terrarium odour-free.
You can then add in moss (for plants that love moisture), the soil and finally your plants.
And that’s it! You can also add accessories like mini figurines if you wish. Simple and easy, don’t you think? ;)
If you want an easier reference on how to make a cute terrarium, you can head over to the infographic linked after our album below!
Is this going to be your next project? Get some inspiration from our gallery!
- Container (of your choice)
- Potting Soil
- Activated Charcoal
- Small Rocks
- Moss or Pebbles
- Funnel (one that fits your container)
- Wooden Tongs
- Small Spoon
- Wooden Stick
- Small Blade
- Bulb Syringe
- Water Spray
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Thanks to Desima for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here…