Making a succulent terrarium at home isn’t a big deal.
You just need appropriate components to make it right and your vivid imagination to make it as beautiful as possible.
Terrariums are not only easy to make, but they require low-maintenance and are space-saving.
In case you are considering of making one, these few reasons will let you know why terrariums are great for people living in small spaces, or for those who just love to garden.
What Are Terrariums
They are small garden environments for certain type of plants, and the containers for terrarium gardens are usually transparent.
In case you are wondering, there are two types of terrariums: sealed and open. Sealed terrariums usually have a removable lid, while the open terrariums does not.
Terrariums are defined as indoor gardens in a sealed container.
The plants and the soil within release water vapor which in return is recycling water. Then, the vapor is collected onto the walls of the vessel and trickles down to the soil.
Don’t worry, they are easy for maintenance as they are self-nourishing, which makes them perfect as in-house decoration for busy people.
Which Are The Best Plants For Making Terrarium
The best plants for the matter are foliage plants and plants that grow slowly, such as:
- Succulents- cacti, Hawthornia, Echeveria Elegance, Crassula Cappitella
- Dwarf palms
- Airplants – Tillandsia Guelzii
- Ferns – Maidenhair, Birds nest, Button ferns
- Carnivorous plants – Venus fly traps, Pitcher plants, Sundew plants
How To make A Succulent Terrarium At Home
If you want to make your own succulent terrarium you’ll need:
- white sand
- a clear glass vessel
- succulent and cactus potting soil
- succulents and cacti in various shapes and sizes
- small pebbles
- a wooden spoon
Now You Can Start
- Use medium-sized, clear glass with an open-top container
- Of course you can use fancy pots like a vase, a pasta jar, even a fish bowl, or a special terrarium bowl
- First, you need to fill the bottom of the vessel with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small rocks to collect the water drainage
- Then, add a layer of potting soil made for succulents and cacti
- Make sure it is deep enough for the roots from the plants, approx. 2 1/2 inches
- Remove the largest plant from its container and dust excess soil off the roots
- Use the end of a wooden spoon to make a hole in the soil, which should be big enough for the roots to slip inside
- Tamp down the soil firmly so it can hold the plants in place
- Plant for approximately 1 plant per inch of container diameter, and continue planting the rest of the succulents, working from largest to smallest. It’s easiest to start at the back of the container and work your way forward
- Once the plants are arranged as you would like them to appear, add about a 1/4-inch layer of white sand or little white decorative stones around the plants
- Finish with some landscaping and place a few additional pebbles here and there to complete the finish look
- It is wise to use a paper towel to transplant prickly cacti and avoid pricking your fingers
- You can always play around with the arrangement by mixing up various plants, colors and sizes so you can make it more visually appealing
- Succulents love direct sunlight every day, and also lightly water the base of the vessel every two weeks or once, if you see that the soil has dried out
- If you don’t have glass vessels to make terrariums you can use the ones made out of acrylic.
Great As Gifts
Of course they can be great gifts, whether you’ve bought them or you’ve made them by yourself.
If you don’t have a place where you can apply your gardening skills, making terrariums can be great for indoor gardening entertainment.
One final advise: if you want them to last longer – keep their good maintenance and that is all they need.
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