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  • Terrariums 101
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    Veronica Janik

Terrariums 101

PLANTS | SOIL | MOSS | PEBBLES

When it comes to a DIY terrariums, we carry all of the essentials! The tricky part with terrariums, is using the components properly to keep the terrariums alive! Anyone who has built a beautiful terrarium only to have it keel over the following weeks understands the difficulty of a terrarium micro climate. 

The first thing you'll want to keep in mind is that all plants thrive with fresh air. When we plant in terrariums, we are restricting the air flow so its important to place the terrariums in a room that either has an occasional open window or door, or even better, simply place the terrariums on a patio with constant fresh air flow. Maintaining a climate that is dry enough for the plants to thrive is also important. The requirements for this are different for succulents, cacti, and air plants, but they are require a relatively dry space to avoid rotting. You can encourage this by using a soil that has plenty of drainage. Look for cactus mixes which usually have perlite, peet moss, and even sand mixed into the soil for a dryer faster draining soil. REMEMBER that air plants do not require soil. So with air plants you will want to remove them from their terrariums to water them, allow them to dry fully, then return them to their terrariums.

For a base filler you can either use pebbles, sand, rock, or moss or a combination of all of those to support and decorate the space around your air plants. For succulents and cacti however, you will need to be sure to plant them in soil before adding any of the top dress materials just mentioned. Cactus tend to look great with more natural tones being added to the top of the soil so think sands, natural colored drier mosses, natural colored stones, or decomposed granite. Succulents and air plants look lovely with the vibrant mosses and stones if that is the aesthete you are seeking or, a more elegant dainty look for the peach, green, and tan tones. 

The possibilities with terrariums are endless and they make a wonderful weekend project for girlfriends and a glass of wine, or a family bonding project with your children. Keep the above tips in mind and you'll be set up for a healthy terrarium experience.

  • Post author
    Veronica Janik

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