How to Make A Basic Terrarium

Bring a little bit of your garden inside. A terrarium is exactly that. A terrarium is like having a maintenance-free garden that you don’t have to prune or fertilize. It’s also conveniently sized, able to be positioned almost anywhere and in any room.

What can you grow in a terrarium – lots! Just a few examples are boxwood, Joseph’s coat, pineapple verbena, spikemoss, golden club moss, and miniature ferms. You may also use faux greenery if that’s your vibe.

No matter what you want to put in your terrarium, ensure it is placed somewhere with indirect sunlight. Glass magnifies the sun rays. Direct sunlight can be very intense for a terrarium. Here’s how you can make a basic terrarium.

Choose A Glass Container

Find a high-quality glass container for a terrarium. Living.ca’s gold metal terrarium with glass is perfect. You want a container that’s clear and not colored glass. Ensure the opening’s wide enough so that you can fit your hand inside to move and place elements as you desire.

Place Rocks At the Bottom

A handful of rocks should sit at the bottom of your glass terrarium. A layer of shapely rocks will create drainage and aeration. The smaller the container, the thinner the rock layer you want. Terrariums shouldn’t look cramped.

Soak Dried Sheet Moss in Water

Soak some sheet moss in water for a few seconds. Squeeze out the excess liquid. Place damp moss onto the rocks and pat it down. Fill the entire surface area to form a barrier to prevent a terrarium’s soil from falling into the rocks.

Scoop Soil into the Container

Fill your basic terrarium with a few inches of soil. The type of soil you use relies on the plants you intend to plant. For example, a peat moss mixture works for moss and will prevent mold growth. For other plants, a non-moisture control potting mix is better. Just like you would with any garden, use the right soil for the plant.

Plant Your Plants

The last step is to plant your plants. Trim them down to size. Press them firmly into the soil to get rid of air pockets. Then, give them some water. This will help minimize the risk of transplant shock. Remember, a terrarium has no drainage holes so the moisture you put in will hang around for longer.

A home décor terrarium breathes new life into a kitchen, living room, bathroom, or bedroom. Discover what’s possible building your own terrarium and shop the glass container at Living.ca today.

Photo by Fallon Michael on Unsplash

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