Terrarium is an arrangement of small ornamental plants that grow in a closed environment, usually a transparent glass container. The best part about DIY terrarium is that you can make something unique to compliment your indoor or outdoor decor. Besides being decorative, terrarium is also easy to make and to care for. Here are 3 easy steps to make a DIY terrarium.
1. Prepare the equipment and make soil layers
First of all, here’s what you need to make a terrarium: a transparent glass vessel, gravel or small pebbles, active charcoal, potting soil, and small gardening toolset. And don’t forget the plants!
Once you’ve prepared what you need, start with making soil layer. The bottom layer serves as water drainage, containing a mixture of 50% of gravel and 50% charcoal. This will also prevent bacteria and fungi from developing. Next, add some moist soil and top it with some small stones.
Small plants such as ferns, mosses, and tiny house plants are great for a terrarium. But it’s best to plan where you’re going to place the terrarium before you pick the plants. After all, different plants need a different amount of light. If you want to put your terrarium to complement your outdoor coffee table décor, go with succulents, such as Jade plant, Echeveria, Sempervivum, Haworthia, Panda Plant, and Widow’s-Thrill. For areas with medium light, opt for Peperomia, Fern, Pilea, Fittonia, and Baby’s Tears. As for areas with hardly any sunlight, moss varieties such as sheet moss, pillow moss, mood moss would be ideal.
Lastly, move everything until you find balance. There’s no specific rule, but vertical elements, such as twigs and bark, can make your terrarium look like a mini forest. You can also add some miniature gnomes or trinkets. Just have fun and be creative. Step back and look, make some adjustments here and there until you are satisfied with your DIY terrarium.Once your terrarium is completed, be sure to take good care of it. An enclosed terrarium requires almost no maintenance, but open terrarium needs watering about every 2 days in summer and every 4-5 days in winter.