How to Make a Terrarium

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.

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About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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