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.
- 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
- Fill the bottom of the vessel with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small rocks to collect the water drainage
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Once the plants are arranged, add about a 1/4-inch layer of white sand around the plants
- 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.