Thursday, July 4, 2013

DIY Terrarium

This is a simple, inexpensive and cute way to display your favorite cacti and the best part is they are very easy plants to take care of. I originally placed a mixture of cacti and succulents in my terrarium, but soon realized that because a succulent needs to be watered more regularily, these plants were not a good combination. When choosing your plants, try to pick ones with similar watering and light requirements.

You will need:

  • A glass container (I used a fish bowl style).
  • River rocks (any size).
  • Cactus soil.
  • Small plants of your choice (I used small cacti and succulents).

Start off by placing a bunch of the river rocks on the bottom of the bowl, this will allow for better drainage.

Now add the soil on top of the rocks.

The soil can be any depth that you would like, I filled my bowl to about half way.

With you fingers, make small holes in the soil to accomodate the existing plant roots and soil in the container. Remove the plant from the container and most of the old soil should go with it. Make sure that at least 3/4 of the existing soil is below the new soil and push the soil up around the plant while not packing it down too much.

Try to make sure the plants are evenly spaced in the bowl.

To finish it off, place the remaining river rocks on top of the soil for decoration.

Ta Da!

Place it in a well lit area of your home and make sure to follow the watering instructions that came with the plants.

What types of plants do you suggest using in a terrarium?