Terrariums? Okay, Lets Build One!

January 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

This weekend I built a terrarium. The container came with a gift card to a local garden center from my thoughtful sister for Christmas. After purchasing the plants and picking the brains of every employee at the garden center I assembled my supplies.

From the top left corner: rocks of various colors and sizes, potting soil, plants of various varieties, charcoal, and a terrarium container.

The bottom was lined with charcoal, which I am told provides excellent drainage and removes naturally occurring impurities from the air in a terrarium.

The second layer is that of good dirty, earthy, dirt. Yum.

Prior to planting, I removed each plant from its original container and broke up the dirt and roots.

Third layer is plants. Clearly.

Remember the rocks I mentioned of various colors and sizes? Those came next.

The layers are complete at this point, so I proceeded to feed my creation.

The final product is pictured above. I ended up with one extra plant, which now lives in a nice, little, rock covered bathtub.

Stuff about terrariums… Unfortunately the operating instructions are about as vague as can be.

  • Watering  and care vary depending on the size, type of container, and variety of plants.
  • When watering, less is more. Humidity will naturally occur as oxygen recycles.
  • Soil surface can dry out quickly, this is not an indicator that the plants need to be watered.
  • Containers with lids should be removed daily for up to an hour to increase clean air exchange.
  • Terrariums  should be fertilized 2-3 times a year, typically in spring and summer.
  • 10-12 hours of light per day is a good idea.
  • Trim and pinch plants regularly to maintain scale and avoid overcrowding.

And that’s it! The project took about 35-40 minutes (sans shopping of course!)

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