Terrariums are all the rage right now and I am more than a willing participant to jump on the bandwagon. I just love them – gardening intimidates me (a silly thing I’m trying to get over) so terrariums seem like a good gateway in to growing things actually outdoors, in the actual ground. It’s a small, controlled environment and when you pick plants that are hard to kill, like succulents, you’re almost guarunteed success. You can even get tiny figurines (maybe even dollhouse miniatures?!) and make little worlds that are fun to look at.
I have a collection of glass domes, all sorts of sizes, but the smaller ones I never know what to do with. I can never find small enough and cool enough things to put under them, so I thought I would just turn them over and make a terrarium out of them.
There are two types of terrariums: closed and open. Depending on the type of plants you use will determine if they need open air or will do just fine closed (like under a glass dome or in a big jar for example). Succulents need open air – too much humidity will kill them. So these overturned glass domes are perfect. You can find some at almost every antique store, but I’ve also seen some great ones at Hobby Lobby or this one would probably work too.
Don’t be intimidated here. I was for some strange reason, but just go to the nursery and buy (if you don’t already have): some gravel or rocks, sand, potting soil, sheet moss and succulents.
The order of layers is important here for proper drainage: first rocks, then sand for filtration (you can also spread some charcoal here if you have a problem with mold, so far I haven’t had a problem though and open terrariums shouldn’t need it) and then finally the potting soil. Just eyeball it, this is a pretty simple process and there’s no exact science. If your soil is a bit dry, give it a mist before planting. I found this cute little mister at Terrain.
Also, once these domes are filled with rocks, sand and soil, they don’t roll all over the place if you were worried about that. They’re pretty sturdy. If you have cats, don’t worry about them being able to knock them around. Children and rambunctious dogs on the other hand…use your judgement.
Then, get to planting! I chose a few tiny terrarium-specific plants they had at the nursery for $3 a piece, but also chose a larger succulent that could be broken up in to different pieces. Just gently place them in the soil, pat the dirt around them and give it a little mist of water. Be careful not to overwater – succulents are dessert plants so they don’t need much water. A small spritz once or twice a week is sufficient. Air plants are fun to put in these too because they don’t have roots so you just put them where ever you want. They require about the same amount of water as succulents too so they are good roommates.
That’s really all there is to it! I thought it might be more difficult, but I made these almost a month ago and they are going strong. I give them a little mist once in a while but mostly just admire their cuteness.