Easy-to-make miniature landscapes, or terrariums, make for interesting accessories in just about any room in your home. They seem fitting for all seasons of the year, but it’s during the winter months that the green is so welcome! It doesn’t take much time or money to fill your home with these tiny gems. Just follow these three easy steps and create terrariums to dress up your home, a friend’s home, make them as gifts, even sell them at fund-raisers!
Choose a Pretty Terrarium Container
There are so many options out there as containers for your terrarium from large to small. So, start by determining where you want to place your lovely new indoor garden, then consider the appropriate sized container for that location. Also think about the style of your home and what type of container makes the most sense with your design.
You can purchase an actual terrarium which you can find at craft stores and decorative accessory shops, or you can select from just about any glass container available. Try the obvious clear glass cloches or vases, then consider good sized candle holders, bowls, water pitchers, mason jars, and the like.
Keep in mind the plants you would like to display as you make your selection, keeping these tips in mind.
Moisture-loving succulents thrive in a terrarium with a lid to retain humidity, and are great for low-light areas.
Cacti do well in drier, open-air vessels, and are perfect for sunnier spots. Be sure the container you use is washed out and clean before you start.
Check out these interesting shaped terrariums from West Elm.
Pull Together the Materials
I’m sure your local garden center will have all the materials you need to get your indoor garden growing! You’ll need small stones for drainage at the bottom of your container. Then, a layer of crushed charcoal will keep the soil fresh. Add a layer of sand next, then a thick layer of soil. It’s a good idea to top it off with green terrarium moss to create fill in the spaces between plantings.
Now Add the Plants
Think about the arrangement of your terrarium plants before going directly to the container. For instance, taller plants might work best either in the center, if all sides of the container will be seen, or at the back if the container is against a wall.
Start with the largest plants, and don’t over landscape. In other words, leave some space for the plants to grow and thrive, and let the green moss fill in. To insert the plants, make small holes in the soil with metal skewers or dinner knives as miniature gardening tools.
Don’t Forget to Maintain
The terrarium will look marvelous on its own for a good week. However, if you don’t keep it moist, that will be the end of something beautiful! You will need to water or mist any open-air containers about once a week. Succulents may need a little more moisture, and cacti a little less.
If you’ve created a closed terrarium, you will only add water on a rare occasion. Make sure to cut back any dead foliage to avoid rotting.
So it’s as easy as that to have an indoor garden…all year long!
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