Do it yourself: Plant terrarium
Besides your ‘common or garden’ houseplants, it can be great fun to add a plant terrarium to your home. This is a creative way of adding greenery that is extremely modern and adds tranquility to your home. Here are a few steps towards creating your very own, hip and trendy plant terrarium.
You need the following items to get started on a plant terrarium:
- A glass pot or bell jar (any size)
- Gravel, pebbles and/or other larger stones
- Potting compost
- Succulents, cacti and/or tropical plants
- Activated charcoal
Thoroughly clean and dry the pot you want to use for your terrarium and (depending on the size) add a decent layer of gravel or pebbles… up to 2.5 cm. This allows for good drainage.
You need a layer of activated charcoal on top of the gravel… up to 2 cm. Buy this at a pet shop – it will help prevent fungus and bad smells.
Add your potting compost… the amount depends on the height of your terrarium. You need enough to plant your plants at an appropriate and comfortable depth.
Add your succulents, cacti and/or tropical plants to your glass. If they are too large they won’t look their best in your terrarium so choose appropriate sized plants for your glass.
It will look extra decorative and well finished-off if you cover bare patches with some moss and/or pretty stones or pebbles.
All done! Water your succulents sparingly every day for the first couple of weeks. After the first settling in period, your plants in this miniature eco-system will only need a weekly watering.
Have fun making your very own plant terrarium!