DIY: Terrariums

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Terrariums and succulents are regaining popularity and we have an easy, step-by-step guide to creating your own!

These plants are great for your home or office.

terrarium suppliesSupplies:

  • Charcoal
  • Soil
  • Glass Vase/Jar
  • Plants
  • Pebbles or Rocks (for plants)
  • Sand (for succulents)


Pick your container. Do you want something small or large? Simple or Unique?  Most terrariums are made from enclosed glass containers; but don’t let that hold you back!

Some fun ideas are: ornaments, recycled jugs, mason jars, light bulbs, etc. As long as it’s glass, it works!


Pick your plants. Be mindful, the size of your plants will depend on your base.

New to gardening? Try low maintenance succulents and cacti! Typically, succulents and cacti do better in open containers since they retain less humidity. Small ferns, baby’s tears, Jade plant, and moss are also great for terrariums.


Make a base. Cover the bottom with a layer of pebbles or rocks for drainage. Place a thin layer of charcoal on top of the rocks to keep the water fresh and prevent mold.

For succulents; skip the rocks and add sand instead.

Want a pop of color? Add sand with a vibrant shade.


Pot your plants. Add a thick layer of soil (they make a special mix if you have chosen succulents) on top of your drainage layers.

Lower your plants into the glass, starting with the largest first. Nestle them into the soil while being mindful of spacing.

Tuck plants deep enough into the soil to cover all plant roots and to keep the plants from reaching too far above the top of the container.

Make sure the plants do not touch each other or the walls. Pack in soil around the plants.


Display your masterpiece. Place your new terrarium in a well-lit area with indirect light. The idea is to create a humid environment for the plants to flourish.


Water the plants just enough.

The amount of watering needed is dependent on the types of plants you have selected and the environment they’re growing in. Closed terrariums will water themselves for the most part, but open air terrariums may require a little more care.

Test the soil for moisture before pulling out the watering can; generally every two weeks is a good watering schedule.


As the plants grow you may want to trim any branches that grow out and over the top of your container.

Post by: Ashley M.

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