Terrariums

terrariumTerrariums are the new family favourite! A great craft for any age where kids and adults can put their own imagination into it. Low-maintenance, affordable, and easy for those with little or no space to garden- follow the instructions below to start on your own:

 

 

 

Container: What you want to make it in is up to you. Anything glass that lets light in and keeps humidity in is what you want to look for. It doesn't need a lid and can have a small or wide opening. Depending on the size of terrarium you want to make, you can use containers that range from large aquariums all the way down to a simple mason jar.

Medium: After you've chosen your container you can start adding your growing medium. Start with a layer of at least an inch of rock on the bottom. This will make a resevoir for excess water to drain into. On top of the rocks add a layer of activated charcoal. Charcoal acts as a filter to purify the air and gets rid of any bad smell at the same time. This is especially important to add in closed terrariums. Next, add your soil to plant into. Potting soil or peat moss is recommended for planting in. If you are only using air plants (Tillandsia) you can just use fine sand for the top layer because they don't need to root in and require very little watering.

Plants: The smaller the terrarium, the smaller the plants you want. If you can find 2" potted tropicals/plants then those are perfect. If not, 4" pots are the next best thing. Because of the moist environment of a terrarium try to stay away from succulents. If it's an open container and has good air flow through it then succulents will be okay.

- Ferns                                    - Polka Dot Plant
- English Ivy                          - Nerve Plant
- Moss                                     - Mondo Grass
- Baby Tears                           - African Violets
- Carnivorous Plants (Venus Fly Trap, Octopus Plant)