How to Make a Terrarium

This is the first terrarium.

my second terrarium

Making your own terrarium is fun, and easy, and it’s also very easy to maintain. The first thing that you will need is a container. I’ve been able to find very nice containers for my terrariums at the Salvation Army at very reasonable prices. You can find suitable containers there in the bric-a-brac section. I have found nice glass jars there. If you would like to have a closed terrarium, which is best because then you don’t need to water it as often, you might need to hunt around for a top for your jar, but usually you’ll be able to find one if it does not already come with a top.

Before you begin there are some things that you should keep in mind. Not all plants have the same environmental needs. If you choose to make a closed terrarium, you should only choose tropical plants that thrive in high levels of humidity. If on the other hand, you want to grow plants that like a lot of sun, an open container will work better. Be sure you have selected soil appropriate to your desired plants, and also be sure to choose slow-growing plants as to avoid overcrowding.

In order to make your terrarium, you will need the following items: potting soil,charcoal,small stones, moss,miniature tropical plants, and a piece of tree bark.You can usually get all these things at your local garden store, if they sell terrariums there, or you can buy them online. If you look on other websites, you will find other orders for the following steps, so you should check out other websites as well, and if you like their advice better, then do what they say, I’m just telling you what works for me.

First, put a layer of charcoal in the bottom of the container. On top of that, put a layer of small stones. On top of that, add your potting soil. After that, plant your small tropical plants ensuring that you leave enough space between each plant so that it will be able to spread out and grow adequately. The last thing to do is to plant the layer of green moss on the soil. Water your terrarium thoroughly, so that the water reaches down all the way to the layer of charcoal at the bottom.  If you want to include a piece of tree bark in your terrarium, I’ve done that, and it looks really cool. You can usually find a piece of tree bark in your yard, or outside somewhere, and if not, you might be able to buy it in a garden shop.  Put the id securely on the terrarium. It’s important that it’s on securely so that the water does not escape the terrarium. I have two terrariums that I have been watered in months, and they just keep growing and growing. Close terrariums have really great because they look good, and require very little maintenance. I found terrariums in stores that looked just like the ones that I’ve made that cost hundreds of dollars, and mine cost $30-$40 to make in just a few minutes!

Michael Landau
 

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