Terrariums are magical environments, perfect for centerpieces. One can display a variety of items in or under the glass; desserts, flowers, embellishments, plants–the choices are endless! So throw a terrarium party with friends, give one as a gift, as favors, or simply showcase on your tabletop.
Here are some tips for creating a living terrarium if you prefer a more everlasting display. Terrariums recycle their moisture and need very little attention with these steps.
1. Choose a clear glass container, the smaller the opening the more difficult.
2. Put small, like plants together; similar temperament to water, sun, temperature, in/outdoor
3. Add layers in the following order:
- Small pebbles as the bottom layer allowing for drainage
- Activated charcoal, essential if enclosed to purify the air
- Sphagnum moss to help filter the water
- Regular potting soil (unless planting cacti)
- Small plants like succulents, miniature African Violets
- Anchor the plants with potting soil
- Embellish with pebbles, sea shells, moss, trinkets
Voila, add water then replenish about once a week, unless enclosed, then a month between watering.