Terrariums have become the hottest trend in gardening in recent years. A terranium is basically a glass container filled with soil, moss and other plants to create a mini-ecosystem or garden. They are super easy to take care of and require minimal maintenance. As well, they don’t require a lot of light or water. They are perfect for any indoor environment!
You can buy them at specialty stores or farmers markets, but of course, it’s a way more fun to make your own! And it’s less expensive, too!
Here’s what you need to get started:
- glass container (i.e fish bowl, vase, canning jar, etc.) with or without lid
- orchid bark or sterilized potting soil
- sphagnum moss- helps separates soil from drainage materials
- lava rock- absor
- charcoal- removes odours and moisture
- plants that thrive in humid environments such as English ivy, wandering jew, ferns, dracaena, African violets, baby’s tears, silver net plant, bromeliads, begonias
- decorative items like shells, decorative rocks, miniature figures, etc…
Here is a video tutorial on how to build your very own terrarium!
Some tips on making terrariums:
- Before placing plants inside the terrarium, check for signs of disease or pest.
- Use a mixture of plants for colour, texture and visual interest. Group plants with similar growing conditions (lighting, humidity, etc..) together.
- Make sure to cover the plant roots with soil.
- Water sparingly; use a spray bottle for watering. Once established, terrariums only need to be watered once a month or so.
- Keep terrarium away from direct sunlight. The glass container can act as a magnifying glass and burn plants.
- As well, keep away from radiators and drafts.
- Remove dead and diseased leaves, as they can cause fungus. Prune plants to give them a bushier, more attractive shape.
- Once in awhile, clean both the inside and the outside of the glass terrarium.
- Gardening Trends of 2013 (funflowerfacts.com)