How to create your own terrarium
Terrariums are an enchanting way to display plants in your home and are plenty of fun to create. Like us they come in many shapes and styles so get creative with glassware, pebbles, plant choice and ornaments to embellish your home with your very own bespoke terrarium.
8 steps to create your own terrarium
Step 1: Gather your materials.
What you’ll need:
- 1 glass vessel
- Small pebbles
- Activated charcoal
- Sphagnum moss
- Potting soil
- Your favourite (mini) plants
- A few rocks or twigs for decoration
Step 2: Place the pebbles at the base of your glass terrarium to help with drainage.
Step 3: Add a layer of activated charcoal which will help keep the water clean.
Step 4: Place some sphagnum moss over the activated charcoal to stop the potting soil from shifting down into the pebbles.
Step 5: Add 3 to 4cm of potting soil over the moss.
Step 6: Get creative!
Arrange your plants with the taller ones in the centre and don’t be afraid to mix shapes and colours. Embellish your terrarium with some rocks and twigs or even small ornaments for fun.
Step 7: Mist your new terrarium with a water sprayer.
Step 8: Enjoy and love your new green world by placing in moderate to indirect sunlight or give it to someone who makes your sun shine.
Top 3 care tips
1. Get the water balance right.
Most plants enjoy humidity so, with the exception of succulent and desert style terrariums, they should all have drops of moisture visible on their walls. Without drainage it's important to understand your terrarium's water needs as too much moisture will cause plants to rot. Monitor your terrarium closely at first to learn how quickly it takes up the moisture. In most cases it's safer to let your plants tell you when they need watering by waiting for signs like dry soil, lack of condensation or drooping foliage before giving a spritz.
2. Avoid infection spreading
If a plant becomes damaged or diseased remove it immediately to help protect the other plants.
3. Start simple
If you have a small terrarium and want to keep it super simple try an air plant. They don't need soil so you can place them in a terrarium on their own or on top of small pebbles or sand. Find out more about air plants and how to care for them here.