For people who don’t have a green thumb but have a love for little gardens without putting in too much hard work, terrarium gardens are the ideal choice.
Terrariums can be used as a decorative addition to your house and will look good anywhere whether it be your living room or any other spot.
Below are the 3 main steps to make a beautiful terrarium. Follow these steps and have your own garden inside a glass!
Choosing the ideal plant and containers are some of the few steps before getting started on your Terrarium.
Choosing the plants
Any plant which is not high-maintenance can be used for your terrarium. Make sure that the plants you choose grow well without any threat to each other. Plants with the same requirements of water and sunlight should be added. If they have different requirements, you garden will not be able to survive for a long time. Plants like succulents, ferns and mosses are used for the terrarium. Since, glass magnifies light, choose a plant which prefers low light and has an affection towards shade. If you have a low budget, choose a plant which is cheap and easy to grow.
Decide on your container
You can use any glass container you want. If you wish to include tall plants in your terrarium, go with a bell jar terrarium which can contain tall plants. An aquarium can also be used as a terrarium if you need a lot of space and wish to have many plants in your little garden. There are many terrariums which have closed mouths. Go with your heart and choose the one that makes you happy. Other terrarium include, fish bowls, vases etc.
Where to keep the terrarium?
Choose a place which has the ideal conditions for your plants. A terrarium should be placed somewhere, where there is a source of indirect light. Keeping your terrarium in direct light will not be wise. Places which provide warm conditions should be used. Do not place them on easily damaged furnitures.
MAKING YOUR TERRARIUM
Terrarium containers do not have any drainage holes unlike your normal pots and planters. So the most obvious question asked is, where will the extra water go and how can you stop it from destroying the roots of your plants?
Well, the answer is simple. You’ll just have to create a place for the extra water to go. A layer of moss and stones can be used for this purpose.
1. Add a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the terrarium. Make sure to make the layer at least 1 to 2 inch.
After adding the pebbles, add a generous layer of charcoal on top of the pebbles. The main purpose for using charcoal is to control the drainage and prevent any odor.
2. The next step is to add a layer of moss. The layer of moss will be added after the pebbles and charcoal and it will separate them from the soil. Also, the moss will add a style, to your garden, making it look visually attractive.
3. Add your soil to the terrarium. The soil should be added according to the size of the terrarium and the length of the roots. Generally, two to three inches of soil should be added. Gently pat down the soil to level it and in order to remove any air pockets which might be present.
4. After this, all that’s left is to add your plants. Dig small holes, where you want to add your plants. Remove your plants from their containers and gently remove the excess soil from the roots. Put your plants in the holes you dug and pat them down to level them, so as to, remove any air pockets.
5. Decorate your terrarium, in any way you like.
MAINTENANCE & DECORATION OF TERRARIUM
For terrarium decoration you can use endless ideas and for maintenance, you don’t need to do much than these simple steps.
After planting your plant, water it. Generally, plants in an open terrarium need only be water once a week. Succulents and cacti do not require water much and hence watering them once a month is more than enough.
Weeds, molds or any plants which appear to be ill, should be removed immediately, so they do not pose any threat to the other plants.
If you have a closed terrarium, make sure to open it once a month and let some air out.
Enjoy this small, beautiful garden with a wide variety of different and unexpected containers...