Don’t have the time or space to maintain a garden? Then these DIY miniature glass gardens are perfect for you! Terrariums are making a big come back, from the 1970s, amongst creatives who are looking for quirky home decorations and unique gifts. Terrariums are perfect for those who do not have the greenest of thumbs. The appeal for a basic terrarium is that it does not require a great deal of gardening know-how and the plants can survive with minimal attention.
Step 1 Purchase your materials
Most hardware stores will have materials you need to make your terrarium. Bunnings has a great variety of cacti, succulents and stones to choose from. Farmers markets are also a great place to pick up different plants and are often cheaper. If you are on a budget or looking for something unique, second hand shops will have a range of glass jars, vases and fish tanks that you can use!
You will need:
• Glass globe to house the terrarium – the choices for glasses are endless! Depending on your style you can use small jars with lids or large fish tanks. Keep in mind that round containers often work best.
• Sand or stones
• Potting soil
• Small sticks or bark
• minerals, shells, or stones
• Small plants well suited terrarium life ie succulents, cacti, moss or airplants
• Spray bottle
Step 2 The fun part
To create a basic terrarium you need to layer the materials in the following order:
• Stones at the bottom of the glass container
• Potting soil
We suggest a minimum of two inches for each layer. Of course you can use more depending on the size of your container and roots on the plants. You can get creative with the layering as different colours look very effective.
Step 3 Planting
Before you plant your plants try to have an idea of how you would like the terrarium to look. You may like to have the taller succulents at the back and small cacti at the front. Another popular option is to fill the container closely together so no soil is visible. Just remember that the closer they are together, the less room they have to grow.
Step 4 Decoration
The top layer of your terrarium can be filled with stones, shells, sticks or even small figurines to suit your taste. Give your terrarium a little bit of water, so the soil looks moist, so the new plants can settle in. Typically terrariums grow best where they are in the sun, inside or outside. Place them on your windowsill, desk, bathroom, or outside to flourish.
Step 5 Maintenance
Its minimal, we promise! If your glass container has a lid you can close it. Terrariums create their own ecosystem and it can more or less sustain itself. Otherwise remember that less is more with terrariums! Use a spray bottle to deposit a small amount of water so that the stones do not become moldy.
If you have left over materials have a go at creating gifts for your family and friends, you’ll be hooked!