Steps to Create Your Own
your container thoroughly. Wash with hot, soapy water, then rinse and allow
grow best with a mix of soil. At a ratio of 4 to 1, mix 4 parts of potting
mix to 1 part drainage material. The
drainage material should include small gravel, stones or moss. The drainage
layer should take up about one-quarter of the container. Gravel and half of
that amount in activated horticultural charcoal is recommended to remove
toxins and harmful chemicals in order to keep plants healthy and absorb
odors. An alternative to the charcoal layer is a layer of live moss. Moisten the mix
slightly before adding it to the container.
- Before continuing, decide how your container
will be displayed. Planting your terrarium will depend on whether it
will be seen from one side, two sides or all sides. Arrange plants and
plants for your terrarium in different sizes and textures that have similar
needs for light, temperature and water. Avoid mixing plants with extremely
different needs. Look for plants that like a moist environment, like small
ferns, sedums, mosses and succulents. Plants sold for use in fairy gardens
are also well suited in the terrarium environment.
planting, trim off any damaged or yellowing leaves. Remove each plant from
it’s container, brush off any excess soil, then place roots in the growing
medium keeping the plants away from the sides of the container so that they
do not touch the glass. Fill in the planting hole with extra potting mix if
necessary and tamp down.
decorative items such as polished stones, ceramic or resin critters and
fairies…. Be creative!