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Make Your Own Terrarium

Make Your Own Terrarium

Why not make your own terrarium to add plants to your home in a fun and stylish way. Terrariums can be bought pre-planted and ready for you to take home and enjoy; but making your own is even better as you get to choose the container, the plants, and even the theme, making it a personal terrarium to have in your home. They are easy to both create and maintain.

Know the History Before You Make Your Own Terrarium 

Victorian physician, Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward, was the first to find out ferns could be grown inside a bottle, and this was then used to transport plants around the world. Essentially, a glass bottle, it was then called ‘The Wardian’.

Make Your Own Terrarium With a Choice of Containers

You can use many shapes and sizes to create a terrarium, depending on the style you want it to be. You can take your pick from glass bottles to a bell-shaped cloche to even a hanging bauble.

Know the Growing Mediums Used to Make Your Own Terrarium

Usually, there will be gravel at the bottom, charcoal, moss, and soil on top. This means plants that love moisture will take it from the soil, which evaporates via the leaves (transpiration), and as water drops form, they will drip down and back into the soil, and the process happens over and over, sustaining the plants in the terrarium. 

Which Plants to Choose When Making a Terrarium

Moisture-loving plants are ideal for a closed terrarium due to the humidity, and plants such as cacti and succulents will grow well in an open terrarium where it is drier. Moss, mini Ferns, Hypoestes, Peperomias, and even carnivorous plants will grow well in a terrarium. For dryer plants, try any mini succulents, cacti, or air plants.

Make Your Own Terrarium With a Theme

You can delicately place your plants into the soil using tweezers if the opening is small; it’s bound to look lovely, no matter what you include. If you want to try going with a theme, here are some ideas:

  • you could make your terrarium into a fairy world with a house and mini fairy;
  • if you have a dry terrarium, add a little sand, a mini beach ball, and people hanging by the beach;
  • another lovely idea is to create a fantastic underwater-themed terrarium with sea stars, sand, seashells, and coral;
  • a popular choice is a woodland theme. Just add in some bark and moss;
  • and many more, you can have lots of fun!

After You’ve Made Your Own Terrarium, How to Care For It?

Make sure it isn’t placed in direct sunlight, and check how much water it needs. Many won’t need any at all, but some will. So, gently water or use a mister to get the humidity up inside. If you have cacti and succulents, less watering is required. You may need to lightly prune some plants as they grow. 

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