Build your own terrarium

So you want to build a Terrarium, but don't know how? Well, you've come to the right place! This blog post will tell you exactly how to do that. Let us give you a quick guide on how to build a terrarium, and also some amazing tips and tricks along the way! For those of you who want to visualise a bit more of how your terrariums will look like, there are pictures for that dose of inspiration that you need.

Firstly, for those who have no clue of what a terrarium is, here are some facts about a terrarium:

  • It is usually a sealable glass container containing soil and plants, and can be opened to access the plants inside for maintenance purposes
  • Can also be a container that is open to the atmosphere
  • Often kept as decorative or ornamental items

Secondly, these are the material that you'll need for your very own terrarium:

  • A clear glass vessel
  • Small pebbles, sand or beads
  • Potting soil for succulent and cactus
  • Succulent and cacti in various shapes and sizes
  • Spoon and tweezer

Lastly, a step by step guide to putting together a terrarium bottom up.

  1. Start with a medium-sized, clear glass open-top container. You can use anything that strikes your fancy, a vase, a cleaned-out pasta jar, a fish bowl, or a special terrarium bowl
  2. Fill the bottom of the vessel with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small rocks to collect the water drainage
  3. Add a layer of potting soil made for succulents and cacti. It should be deep enough for the plants to root to, about 2 1/2 inches
  4. Remove the largest plant from its container and dust excess soil off the roots. Using the end of a spoon, make a hole in the soil big enough for the roots and nestle the plant inside, tamping tapping the soil down firmly to hold it in place. Plan for approximately 1 plant per inch of container diameter
    Tip: Use a paper towel to transplant prickly cacti to avoid pricking your fingers.
  5. 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.
    Tip: Play around with the arrangement mixing up the types of plants, colours, and sizes to make it more visually pleasing.
  6. Once the plants are arranged, add about a 1/4-inch layer of white sand around the plants
  7. Finish with some landscaping. Place a few additional pebbles here and there to complete the look
    Tip: Succulents like direct sunlight every day. Lightly water the base every two weeks or once the soil dries out.

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