Today we are going to learn together.
And the ecosystem.
Let's make a terrarium.
- From the thrift store or dollar store:
- Glass fish bowls, vases, bowls, glasses, etc
- From the pet store:
- Aquarium gravel (many style to chose from! Even
awesometacky bright pink.)
- Activated filter carbon (also in the aquarium section)
- From the garden store:
- Potting soil for cacti/succulents
- 1-2 feature succulents (~$2 ea) per terrarium
- From your neighbors' yards
- cuttings of succulents! I get them from my mom, but if she wasn't my mom, I would totally steal some from her yard. For a quick tip on taking succulent cuttings, see here. It takes about a 3 days for the cuttings to be planting-ready, so plan ahead.
In your glass of choice, add about 1" of gravel.
Top that gravel off with a sprinkling of carbon. Sprinkle in evenly until you only see a little peak of gravel (~1/4").
Add 2" of potting soil.
Remove succulents from garden store packaging and tickle the roots. Make a spot in the terrarium for the succulent and bury in the soil. Make your arrangement.
Add a wee bit of soil to fill in and make sure roots are covered.
Water moderately and evenly.
Place in a partially sunny spot (a window that gets light for only a few hours of the day) to give time to take root.
After 2 weeks, you may move to a bright spot in your home that is not necessarily by a window.
- Try variety inside the terrarium for balance. Something tall, something leafy, something with tiny leaves, something big, something colorful for contrast (like a red or purple variety).
- Try one large statement succulent and 1-2 complimentary mini succulents.
- Try a micro terrarium (in a small glass or even stemware)
- Top with sand (colored!) or gravel on top of the soil if you want to commit to the arrangement.
- Spray paint miniatures a contrasting color (i.e. turquoise dinosaurs, pink kittens) and place inside for whimsy.
- Succulents like to stay dry. Sprinkle with a small bit of water once/week.
- Do not leave in direct sunlight for long periods of time. The glass makes a microclimate and it can get too hot quickly.
- Name them names like Sally, Spike, or Rhonda. Plants like to have names.